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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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Kylemore, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Kylemore may be an iconic location and it's hard to argue with the gorgeous shots across the lake and the location is simply stunning. But as a place to see and visit, not so much. I expected a fabulous house and inside would be jaw...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds around Kylemore Abbey are one of the most peaceful places I've visited and found myself stopping just to look out at the mountains across the lake multiple times. I arrive on a tour bus and even the ride out to Kylemore was breathtaking....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Soupyjam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had this planned for a day that turned out to be extremely rainy, cold, and windy. Despite that, we had a great visit to Kylemore. The locale provided us with a drive that was full of dramatic scenery. It almost felt otherworldly. We were...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank AmyfromPA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do yourself a favour and add this to the must do options in the Coonemarra National Park. We came here by accident seeking directions to the start of the nearby Diamond Hill hiking track and decided to pay a visit as the Abbey looked interesting....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the most stunning Castles we've seen in our years of travel. The view across the lake is a sight to see in itself. Just spectacular! We were fortunate to visit on a clear day which added to the beauty. Discovering the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Mursyl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You don't get to see much of the Abbey as it is still functional but the grounds, views and walled garden are brilliant. Definitely a place to take post card quality photos around every corner. Highly recommended. (p.s. re-watch Two Fat Ladies, Series 3, Episode...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SouthPerthAustralia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story of the Abbey and its renovation is a marvel. When you visit the abbey, don't forget the walled garden -- it is spectacular. We enjoyed a light and yummy lunch (soup) at the Garden Cafe.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank The_Hailes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As part of a Royal Irish Tour, we had some time at the castle/abbey. We tried to see as much as possible in our allotted time, but the gardens themselves deserve part of a day! The self-guided tour of the castle/abbey was interesting, although only...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank luvtotravel6768
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We simply stopped at the (free) parking lot to stretch our legs and take a few photos of the Abbey and fisherman on the adjacent lake, before continuing on our way. Beautiful spot!

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.
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.