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Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey)

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Interesting Ruin

The Abbey of the Four Masters is located right next to Donegal Town a few minutes walk from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New Jersey
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Sunset walk

We were walking along the Donegal Town quayside after dinner and stumbled upon the abbey. It was... read more

Reviewed June 10, 2018
Bob H
Kirkwood, Missouri
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The ruins of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1474.
The Quay, Donegal Town, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Abbey of the Four Masters is located right next to Donegal Town a few minutes walk from the castle and overlooking the water. It is therefore worth a few minutes to take a look as it is so easily accessible. We saw it on...More

Thank AlexanderD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small cemetery and ruins of the Abbey. So very pretty with the drop back of Donegal Bay. It is still used today. Just a short walk from the Diamond in down town. A must see

Thank Sharon E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its beautiful for a nice little walk. Some very old ruins and tombstones there, some so old they are nearly buried under ground. Such a peaceful place with a view of the bay. Great place for pictures and very historical.

Thank Tara M
Reviewed June 17, 2018

It was a pleasure walking through the ruins of the Abbey and seeing all the gravestones. Take your time and enjoy.

1  Thank tonto56
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

We were walking along the Donegal Town quayside after dinner and stumbled upon the abbey. It was wonderful to explore and climb around and look through “windows” and read headstones. I am glad we discovered the abbey at sunset. It was a beautiful sight to...More

1  Thank Bob H
Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

We drove from Dublin to Donegal arriving in Donegal late in the afternoon. After briefly visiting the Castle and having dinner we decided to just take a walk around. That is when we came upon The Abbey! They really are the ruins of the Abbey...More

2  Thank Marge G
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Don't get me wrong, this is really a lovey setting along the water. We had a hard time finding it since the GPS took us into a neighborhood on the other side of it. To find it go to the far end of the Visitor's...More

Thank Susan E
Reviewed April 10, 2018

Situated where the river enters the bay, this beautiful ruined abbey is a wonderful place to wander and reflect. Close enough to the city center for an easy walk, you can walk through everything in ten or fifteen minutes. But don't do that, read the...More

Thank cleflar
Reviewed March 22, 2018

There isn't much left to the abbey, but what *is* left, I found fascinating. For one, the abbey seems to be sunken. The few stairs that remain are certainly cut short, and the ground is mid-window. So interesting. The abbey is surrounded by old graves,...More

Thank Christina M
Reviewed February 6, 2018

Walked around the ruins and the accompanying graveyard and found it very interesting. There are a few official signs that provide details of the Abbey’s History. There is not a great deal of the Abbey left but it was very interesting reading the inscriptions on...More

Thank Colin M
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