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Address: Muroe Road, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 61 386103
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Built in 1830 in the style of a 12th century castle as an expansive family...

Built in 1830 in the style of a 12th century castle as an expansive family residence, with elaborate landscaping of trees and man-made lakes, Glenstal became a Bendictine abbey when the family moved to England in 1920. Today it includes a school of arts and crafts and a new church which houses a collection icons, silver and other treasures.

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A place of peace

This is a remarkable and unique place in Ireland and spent a wistful hour there recently. The Church is currently being renovated but the grounds are magical, especially the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
FarranBoy62
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a remarkable and unique place in Ireland and spent a wistful hour there recently. The Church is currently being renovated but the grounds are magical, especially the restored Walled Garden and a beautiful sense of serenity and calmness prevails at all times. Did not spend enough time and must return and linger for longer and maybe overnighting in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spent a night here in the beautiful guest house.The grounds are wonderful,lush gardens beautiful architecture,I even spotted a deer.My room was basic but comfortable. Great common area with food provided, comfy couches and plenty of books.Our dinner shared with the monks was a wonderful experience.You can do your own thing or arrange a meeting with the monks.The highlight for... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I visited Glenstal on a retreat in one of the private self-catering hermitages called a God Pod. The grounds of the abbey are a pleasant place for the public to walk or jog and the gardens are wonderful for some quiet time in addition to being quite beautiful. There is sculpture throughout the grounds and surprises to be found in... More 

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Province of Munster, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

Park near the pitch and putt and walk through Glenstall to the far gate and back; 5km in total. Safe tarmac road that is good for walkers, runners and prams. Hi vis jackets and torches a requirement at the night. Pass through the fields, cows, passed the abbey and the lakes. Lovely location.

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Limerick, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

A very nice safe and peaceful place to go fo walk or run. A large variety of trees on view. Also has a nice gift shop with reasonably priced gifts if your of a mind to pick something up.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We did a brief tour of the abbey and school and attended vespers and a concert by a visiting choir led by Noirin Ni Riain. It was amazing. A piece of the past just outside of Limerick. The abbey itself was a private home once and quite a sight to see. Worth an afternoon visit. The gardens are magnificent and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The abbey is really beautiful with beautiful scenery and walks. It is a bit of getting in touch with nature. Well worth a visit to see the beautiful church that has been built also. A nice souvenir shop is available on the premises also. Highly recommended.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

the perfect place for time-out, to contemplate and enjoy the simplicity of having no related obligations except to respond to the bidding of the monastery bell. Follow the rituals of the monastic community and take the time to find yourself as you get lost in the woodland and fields.

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Clearwater
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Sunday Mass at 10 .30 am is a perfect way to start your day at Glenstal Abbey. After Mass we were treated to coffee and delicious scones with fresh cream - visited the shop stocked with wonderful books, artifacts and homemade jams etc. Take a tour of the amazing Icon collection before walking in the pristine gardens. A great morning... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My Mum and I visited one afternoon in June. We were luck with the weather and the grounds looked stunning on the drive to the Abbey. We attended a midday service in the chapel and then went on to walk through the grounds. We enjoyed wandering around, soaking up the peaceful atmosphere. On the way out we visited the gift... More 

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