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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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Kylemore, Ireland
+353 95 52001
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Reviewed yesterday

Had only intended to visit the gardens but was just overwhelmed by the entire place...everything about the restaurants and dining experience, gardens, walkways, the abbey, the neo-gothic church,the gift shop which contained the usual paraphernalia BUT also the produces of the Abbeys own small industries...More

Thank annemcconville
Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent at least 3 hours here exploring the gardens and the grounds. The gardener's cottage was well done and very interesting, showing how the family would have lived. The Abbey is so beautiful - richly done in multi colored marble inside. The story about...More

Thank marafromnowhere
Reviewed 2 days ago

Kylemore Castle was originally built by a doctor whose father made his fortune in the textile industry. Mitchell Henry and his wife had 9 children, but soon after travelling to Egypt she fell ill and died. Although he built a mausoleum for her on the...More

Thank _bhsiang
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nestled in a lovely location, Kylemore makes for great photos. The grounds are lovely; if the weather's nice, stroll from the house to the gardens (or take the bus if it's rainy). The gardens are nice to stroll; we enjoyed not one but two concerts...More

Thank Jeff P
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent a few hours at Kylemore and unfortunately they were working on the building so scaffolding covered half of it but there was still lots to see. We toured four rooms of the mansion which were restored to the way they looked when they...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is absolutely wonderful! Make sure you wear very comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella or rain jacket. It rained, sunshined, rained again and then sunshined again during the five hours we spent there. We took the long walks which come out to about...More

Thank Robin F
Reviewed 4 days ago

We arrived in inclement weather, but had lunch first before touring the Abbey and the Gardens. It was too rainy and cold to enjoy the gardens plus there was work going on which also impeded the tour. The abbey house was interesting and the history...More

Thank Jekyll
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a magnificent mansion built by Mitchell Henry in the 1800's and now is home to Benedictine nuns. The mansion overlooking a small lake is grand. There is also an old gothic style chapel and a beautiful walled garden. They have a nice gift...More

Thank Jotum
Reviewed 4 days ago

We sort of "stumbled into" Kylemore Abbey and were glad we did. We spent half a day visiting and walking around. It was a beautiful walk as the Abbey, the "Cathedral in Miniature" and the Walled Gardens were all magnificent. It was easy to imagine...More

Thank Roger B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Would I travel to Connemara to see this site, no. But if I was in Connemara, would I visit this site, every time. The walled garden is a great example of a formal/kitchen garden. It takes about 2 hours to see the entire site.

Thank Ken R
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Alexandra H
my apologies if this question has already been asked, but is it advisable to book tickets in advance? Husband and I will be visiting on Wed. Sept. 6. We are so looking forward to it!
18 June 2017|
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Response from Ka H | Reviewed this property |
We just got tickets when we arrived. It wasn't crowded but we were there in May. Yes, there were many visitors (even a few bus fulls) but it's spacious enough not to be crowded, except in the house. The gardens are amazing... More
Do you have to have purchase a ticket to view anything on the property or are there some free areas to walk around?
18 May 2017|
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Response from slocumdave | Reviewed this property |
Free areas are limited to the gift shop, parking lot, and restaurant. That being said, it's a beautiful drive, near Connemara National Park, and they have a great gift shop. You can enjoy the visit without having to pay to... More