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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Kylemore, Ireland
+353 95 52001
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Set in a dramatic landscape, Kylemore is an ideal destination for a day out. From it’s beginnings as a romantic gift in the 1860s to becoming home to the Benedictine Nuns in 1920, Kylemore is steeped in history and tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives, model farms, royal visits, spirituality and education. Experience the Victorian atmosphere of the restored rooms of the abbey and gothic church. Explore the magical Victorian Walled Garden, nature trails and woodland walks.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Kylemore, Ireland
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"gift shop"
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"shuttle bus"
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"benedictine nuns"
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"boarding school"
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"mitchell henry"
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"open to the public"
in 69 reviews
"small chapel"
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"tea house"
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"neo gothic church"
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"the main house"
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"fairy tale"
in 35 reviews
"quiche"
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"tea room"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The area in the abbey that’s open to the public is not that big. You can finish seeing the abbey in about 20 minutes. The garden, however, is fairly big and beautifully landscaped. We were on a group tour and didn’t have enough time to...More

Thank Godwell C
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The walled garden is beautiful and the documentation along the path is well done and very informative. Before I knew it I had walked the entire garden just following the signs. I would recommend taking the free shuttle up and walk back... very easy (and...More

Thank Duane C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Abbey and the gardens are superbly maintained What fascinated me, was the history of the Indian princesses who studied there and how a generation later, one of the princess's sent her daughter to study there

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful venue but very expensive at €13 Pp for approx 4 rooms, lashing rain so unable to see gardens. Very expensive gift shop.

Thank OliveTAL
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Most of the Abbey itself is closed to the public but with the walks, gardens and other spectacular views this is still a must if you are in the area. As with other popular attractions you are well served to get here at opening to...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We decided against going to the Cliffs of Moher and instead went to Kylemore. We were not disappointed! It is a beautiful place with a wonderful story! I would highly recommend a visit!!!

Thank Marge G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great place and lots to do. You can go for a nice stroll to the gardens (also a bus transfer possible) and than back to the abbey and mausoleum. Plan enough time to visit all places and the Abbey. 2 hours are too short

1  Thank Susanne G
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were here over 30 years ago and you could just drive up close to the Abbey, which was then a girls school. I remember the nuns were extremely crabby and you really wonder why they ever let tourists on the property. Now, they've discovered...More

Thank bluto011
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thus restored abbey is huge and sits on the bank of a lake. Great picture moment therefore and the gardens add to the atmosphere. The outside restaurant doesn't capture all the views but that's the only disappointing thing.

Thank Wub67
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would definitely recommend this if you are traveling in the area. We were blessed with a beautiful day so it couldn't have been nicer. The actual tour inside the abbey only entails a few rooms, but still it is all beautiful. They have a...More

Thank whaleman1958
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M T
May 9, 2018|
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Response from Terry P | Reviewed this property |
MT, so glad that your experience was similar to ours. The manager goes the second mile to make things right. That's customer service. Thanks for echoing your support for the Kylemore Abbey team.
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PGA62
May 2, 2018|
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Response from RCPO | Reviewed this property |
All outside work completed for the season. Some inside work will be ongoing for decades. Don’t let this cause dismay. It is worthwhile and the gardens are just starting to be interesting.
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Tracy S
October 7, 2017|
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Response from Wayne D | Reviewed this property |
Well. You can't get inside the Abbey, however there are many very enjoyable sights, beautiful scenery, and gardens area to enjoy. How much of this you can enjoy would be limited only by any mobility restrictions you have. As... More
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