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Lovely architecture and gardens

This attraction is very popular with bus loads of tourists visiting the lovely buildings and... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2017
BrownDawn
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Waterford, Ireland
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Benedictine monastery

A place of great natural beauty, Glenstal Abbey is a monastic community , where one can take time... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2016
R G
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

This attraction is very popular with bus loads of tourists visiting the lovely buildings and gardens, there are plenty of photo opportunities and a gift shop, there are fantastic gardens and lovely shrubs and stately trees to grab your attention

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed December 15, 2016

A place of great natural beauty, Glenstal Abbey is a monastic community , where one can take time out to reflect , All services here, except Vespers are chanted in English, with some Latin hymns and antiphons. The Masst is celebrated in English, the ordinary and proper chants are sung in Latin,

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed November 2, 2016

We have stayed in the guest house several times over a 15 year period. We have joined in a silent meal with the monks, reviewed the beautiful collection of icons, witnessed the beautiful chanting at very early hours, sat in the "quiet room", and enjoyed discussions with the welcoming monk on occasions. The "quiet room" has 2 chairs. One often is left unoccupied ...to be "occupied" perhaps by a person from memory. The interior of the church is extraordinarily colorful...something like an ancient Egyptian / abstract modern art design with bright colors. Some love it and some hate it. Probably a good experience for those who are interested in a restful place , with minimal tourist- type features.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

So peaceful and tranquil, unfortunately it was under restoration so were unable to go in but had a lovely walk around the area. Beautiful gardens. Would adore to come back and stay there as there is guesthouse, hopefully that will happen as we now have related family living near by. Lovely little gift shop with some interesting things to buy. If its fine take a picnic!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 the guesthouse and share some of the experiences with the Monks themselves.

Date of experience: August 2016
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