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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

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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...more
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| Connemara, on the N59 between Clifden and Westport, Kylemore, Ireland
+353 95 52001
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Abbey was built by a couple in love but sadly while it was being constructed his wife died. Because it was a special promised gift, he continued to build while the wife’s remains was kept in a mausoleum. When he died, they were both...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kylemore Abbey and gothic church is well worth a visit. It is a former Stately home and Boarding School. The Sisters of the Order of Benedictine nuns still live here today. Aside from the Abbey - there is a wonderful walled garded too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MrM089
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit when in Connemara. There is plenty to see and do and a nice cafe and gift shop too. It is €13 for an adult (or €11.70 if you book online). You get entry to the abbey which you can stroll around...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Abbey is beautiful with a neat Gothic Church and amazing gardens. The pictures that you will take are so amazing and will top off your travel album.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My experience was short lived at Kylemore abbey, It won me over with the beautiful scenery, But it wasn’t until I stepped foot into the overly priced gift shop, I was set upon by suspicious staff, who all followed me around as if I was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 10, 2019

First Off....Greatest Gift Shop Ever! Be prepared to spend several hours here if you intend to see all its wonders. The gardens during the winter may be underwhelming but the walk there is still beautiful. The walk from the Abbey to the church and maosuleum...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

I went to the Abbey on a family vacation. It was picturesque. The gardens were also pretty. We walked to the small church and cemetary down the path along the lake. What a beautiful area and the drive to get here is just as beautiful....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

Really beautiful location and walk. We took our 8 year old around the abbey and the church and she found it interesting. Didn’t get a chance to visit the walled gardens but the main gardens looked amazing

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 526beng
Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

Kylemore Abbey is beautiful. The sight of the grand old building from the car park just took our breath away. We enjoyed a picturesque walk along the lake from the abbey down to the little chapel. I would have liked to see more of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 475graemej
Reviewed December 8, 2018

We visited Kylemore Abbey on our way home after a weekend spent in Clifden. We expected the Connemara rainy weather and testing roads so no surprise to us there. Upon arrival at the expansive car park of the Welcome Center, I got my first glimpse...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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January 5, 2019|
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Response from PSimms | Reviewed this property |
1 hour minimum. Can spend much more time depending on how much time you look around and take pictures.
July 10, 2018|
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Response from peacejen63 | Reviewed this property |
I was there this summer. The garden tour is on your own. The shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes if you don't want to walk or are running out of time. I believe the last bus is at 5:30.
May 9, 2018|
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.