Boyle Abbey
Boyle Abbey
4.5
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  • KathinkaS
    Vienna, Austria59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic
    We enjoyed our visit to Boyle Abbey and the little exhibition. It's an amazing structure, and it's a trip back in time in your imagination to visualise how this must have been buzzing with activity in the past. We also talked to one of the guides, who very interestingly had a connection to the home town of my partner.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 11, 2023
  • TheMarshal84
    Liverpool, United Kingdom528 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fantastic site
    Saw this site on a map the night before I travelled and knew I had to visit, and I was not disappointed. Located outside the the town center, and about a 20 min walk from the station. The staff where very helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable. The site is well signposted, and looked after by OPW. Adult admission is €5.00, but entry is free if you have a English heratige/Cadw/Historic Environment Scotland membership. There is no coffee shop on site, but food outlets are a short walk from the site. Allow 60-90 mins the take in the site. Worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Michael N
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super Abbey, amazing staff.
    Thomas was fantastic in starting off our exploration of the Abbey. Full of knowledge and very friendly, gave an extensive history of the site which was very interesting. The Abbey itself was amazing, very well kept and a prime example of a Cistercian Abbey. Would highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Ярослав К
    Odesa, Ukraine3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing abbey
    What a scenic site in amazing condition! Must stop destination if you are into history. Staff is very friendly and helpful, special thanks to Thomas who gave us deep description of place and told us it’s history
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Leyla N
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Abbey and well kept!
    The abbey was amazing and the tour guide Thomas was so helpful explaining the history of the place. One of the best places I have been too and Thomas made the experience even better. Worth the value and worth going again!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Coco1003
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Window into 12th century Ireland
    Well preserved 12th century Cistercian abbey with many interesting features, such as stone carvings on columns. Thomas from OPW provided a fantastic overview of the history of the abbey and drew our attention to the most interesting areas of the abbey. Very affordable for all budgets, plan 60-90 minutes at least. On street parking. Toilets are available. No cafe on site but Boyle is a 5 min walk away. Suitable for all ages, plenty of space for kids to roam - not sure about accessibility. Highly recommend!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Caroline C
    Portlaoise, Ireland34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved historic abbey
    Very well preserved abbey wuth elaborate glass wall to show off the inner arches. Our guide John was a mind of information on the history of the site and very friendly and welcoming. Well worth a visit
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2024
  • gary
    Longford, Ireland36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see in Boyle
    This is an incredible place to visit in the Boyle area, especially if you have an interest in Irish history. I had an onsite member of staff briefly explain the history of the building to me on the way in, which was very helpful. Highly recommend this for anyone visiting the region.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 20, 2024
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Dana P
Franklin, KY40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Thomas was very knowledgeable and friendly. He gave suggestions for other places off the beaten path. We are touring Ireland on our own and we love history. This is a great stop that’s out of the way, FREE, and very well preserved and displayed. You can stop at the front and get a brief history (hopefully from Thomas) and take a self guided tour around the grounds. Lovely setting and amazing architecture!
Written October 4, 2021
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A substantial ruin, an abbey which was converted into a castle during the Plantation of Munster by the King family, who were sent by the British monarch. The family abandoned the castle during peaceful times, moving to a new home which was King House in around 1720.

The Abbey nave has been protected by a covered area. This is because there are Medieval pillars with elaborate finials, each one unique with different carved motifs.

Parking is on the road adjacent to the Abbey and there are toilets.
Written September 1, 2022
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2020vision
Dundonald, Belfast.4,855 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Because of Covid restrictions access is limited and there are no guided tours , entry is free for now .
The Guide at the entrance gave us a potted history and a few things of particular interest to look out for ( with masks being worn and socially distanced ) .
This is a stunning building , still very beautiful . Definitely a must see when you're visiting Boyle .
Written July 24, 2021
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Heather A
Belfast, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
If you are in the area a must visit is Boyle Abbey. Thomas at Boyle Abbey is most knowledgable and patient in his explaining the history of the site and adds a lot to your experience.
A special mention of the toilet facilities at the Abbey which are maintained to the highest of standards , thanks to Mary , I believe.
Near by King House is also well worth a visit.
Ron and Heather , Belfast
Written August 17, 2022
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gary
Longford, Ireland36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is an incredible place to visit in the Boyle area, especially if you have an interest in Irish history. I had an onsite member of staff briefly explain the history of the building to me on the way in, which was very helpful. Highly recommend this for anyone visiting the region.
Written May 20, 2024
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mct1
Wexford, Ireland24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Having visited other ruined abbeys throughout Ireland we had no particular expectations of Boyle other than to pass an interesting hour before going on to see King House. Wrong! We arrived shortly after it opened and had the most informative, interesting and detailed personal tour from our very knowledgable guide Thomas. Seriously, do not omit a guided tour if you visit Boyle Abbey - ours gave us a real feel for the day to day life of the place throughout its changing history. Then do go on to King House via their lively cafe (it was market day) for another excellent tour.
Written September 12, 2022
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Gearóid
County Meath, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Visited Boyle Abbey last month just when the restrictions lifted on our way to Donegal. All Covid restrictions seemed to be in place and I was also happy to see all signage in both English & as Gaeilge.

The Guide on site (Thomas, I think) told us about the history of the site (at a distance!) and explained what we should look out for on our ramble around.

Well done also to the OPW & the State for the great preservation of the site!
Written July 4, 2021
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Coco1003
Sterling, MA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Well preserved 12th century Cistercian abbey with many interesting features, such as stone carvings on columns. Thomas from OPW provided a fantastic overview of the history of the abbey and drew our attention to the most interesting areas of the abbey. Very affordable for all budgets, plan 60-90 minutes at least. On street parking. Toilets are available. No cafe on site but Boyle is a 5 min walk away. Suitable for all ages, plenty of space for kids to roam - not sure about accessibility. Highly recommend!
Written September 19, 2023
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Caroline C
Portlaoise, Ireland34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very well preserved abbey wuth elaborate glass wall to show off the inner arches. Our guide John was a mind of information on the history of the site and very friendly and welcoming. Well worth a visit
Written March 31, 2024
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Jim S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We had such an amazing tour of Boyle Abbey with our lovely tour guide Thomas! He was so knowledgeable and gave us all of the interesting history on the Abbey dating back to the 12th century - definitely worth the tour if you have the opportunity! Thanks for sharing all your wisdom with us Thomas!
Written April 17, 2023
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