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“Solid attraction - at its best when less busy”

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Solid attraction - at its best when less busy”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

A fairy tale castle with oh so romantic and tragic origins and a great cafe with tons of gluten free food options - what more could one want from a day trip in Connemara? How about beautiful and well maintained walled gardens? A hill walk to Jesus? A gothic church with occasional chamber concerts?

Kylemore abbey has it all. Often crowded with coachloads of visitors if you can swing a visit in the off season or before or after the coaches descend you will see Kylemore at its best.

The cafe is great and is worth a visit even if you are skipping the rest of the Abbey. There is also a huge gift shop full of expensive but fabulous items, many of which are Irish made, including artisan food and chocolate made by the good nuns of Kylemore themselves. Expect to pay up the ying yang for that though!

Visited October 2013
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Rumney, New Hampshire
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“Feast for the eyes!”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Connemara region in general is breathtaking and this property is no exception. There are 3 key elements at this stop that deliver a lovely way to spend part of your visit the western coast of Ireland. First, the walled garden. Take the bus to the garden, if you are not a walker and enter through a door in the wall. If you don't say "wow," as you pass through the portal into a previous time of formal gardens, I'll be surprised. What a way to be introduced to the expansive plantings. The Abbey is also open to view and shares a beautiful love story through its interpretive panels and film - not to be missed. Finally there is a well-stocked gift shop and efficient cafeteria with some delicious Irish specialties you will remember long after your visit - warm berry crumble with custard sauce anyone?

Visited September 2013
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Waterboro, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens are well worth a visit. We visited in September on a warm day. The story of the family was a fabulous love story, though it has a tragic ending. The story of the Abbey is very interesting. The gardens were spectacular and far ahead of their time, when they were first put in. Bring a good pair of walking shoes and plan to spend an enjoyable day walking through the Abbey's open room's and reading the storyboards. Then walking through the many gardens that supply flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables for the abbey and cafe. We found it very enjoyable.

Visited September 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We went on a tour with our group and when you are heading into the property,we stopped and took in the exqusite scenery surrounding the breathtaking castle.The castle itself was magnificent and walk down past the castle to the mini cathedral that he had built in memory of his wife after she died.The are both buried in the mauseleum just down the pathway from the cathedral.The nuns still work the property as they bought it but closed the school in 2010.Worth the visit to the Walled Victorian Garden,a shuttle bus will take you there or you can walk to it,about a km or so. Had delicious lunch on premise,sold wine,no other alcoholic beverages(much to the chagrin on my scottish friends-no guiness!).I bought some chocolate the nuns make themselves and they also make their own soap and I purchased the lavender which smells heavenly.There is also a chapel you can go in and say a little pray.The mini cathedral also had candles you can light and say a prayer.The drive along the coast was also very well worth the visit from Galway,approx.2 hours.We got a deal as a group for admission 8euros,I think it is usually 12 euros. Highly recommend seeing this abbey if you are into history and castles!

Visited October 2013
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Galway, Ireland
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“kylemore abbey on a beautiful autumn day”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

The scenery is spectacular on the drive from Galway City to Kylemore. The walled garden was wonderful and even better than last year. The garden was very well tended by friendly gardeners who were more than willing to share their knowledge. However the tour of the abbey was a big disappointment with a very bored and boring guide who looked like she hated her job and had no interest in the house or its history.

Visited October 2013
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