Kylemore Abbey, Neo-Gothic Castle and Church

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Kylemore Abbey, Neo-Gothic Castle and Church Connemara Reviews

slothtraveller slothtra…
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Breathtaking beauty in the West of Ireland Jan 25, 2017
In 2010 I had the pleasure of visiting this lovely place in Connemara. I took a bus tour from Galway that included the Kylemore Abbey and Gardens. When we turned a corner and saw the abbey, everyone in the bus went 'aaahhh'! It's a very pretty place. Indeed some of the landscapes around Connemara are among the finest in all of Ireland.

I spent a couple of hours here and grabbed a bite to eat, visited the abbey and its chapel and saw the fabulous views over the lake. There is a minibus on site which runs you out to the gardens. It's either the bus or a 1.5 km one-way brisk walk so I opted for the bus! :) I wasn't overwhelmed by the gardens but the abbey itself and the scenery around it made up for that.

As I visited Kylemore Abbey as part of a bus tour, I didn't have to pay extra for admission.

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Kylemore Abbey and lake
Kylemore Abbey in Connemara
Kylemore Abbey chapel
Chapel Interior
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christl3 christl3
171 reviews
Superb neolythic castle in the wilderness Mar 30, 2011
It can only be accessed by car really. I'm sure buses to Letterfrack are few and far between.

It is in the middle of a beautiful area of Connemara with mountains and lakes. In fact, it is perched on the edge of a lake.

It reminds me of the tales of witchcraft and wizardry or boarding schools in the middle of nowhere. It's magical looking. The grounds in which it's on are wonderful to wander around and the views are stunning.

Although it is worth taking a trip out to see it, the actual inside is nothing amazing.

If you happen to be arounbd Letterfrack i'd suggest you drop in but otherwise don't.
We went on a particularly miserabl…
The Abbey
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bridgetmc615 bridgetm…
16 reviews
Spendor in the Hills Jun 17, 2010
I hadn't visited Kylemore Abbey since I was about 11 years old, so when I had a friend visiting I was very excited to venture up to the rugged party of Galway: Connemara.

We would be traveling from Limerick so when we mapped it out it was about a 3 hour drive each way. On the way up we got twisted around in traffic through Galway City, but we opted not to stop and head straight through to Connemara and Kylemore. After getting through Galway we headed up to Connemara; I had forgotten how amazingly beautiful it was!!

Soon the towns became less scarce and we were out amongst the mountains and sheep finding our way to Kylemore. The directions couldn't have been simpler, and the drive was most of the fun.

After about 3 hours in the car we took a curve around Lake to expose Kylemore Abbey.

The Abbey/Castle has a fascinating history; built with care by a man for his wife, whom are both buried on the property. Then purchased by The Manchester's who were known gamblers and whom lost the property in a fore-closer. The abbey changed hands once more to a man who didn't take much of an interest and rarely visited. Finally in 1920 it was obtained by a group of Benedictine Nuns whose convent in Belgium had been destroyed in WWI. Kylemore Castle was then changed to Kylemore Abbey. They re-opened their world-renowned boarding school which was open until the late 1990's. During that time they also did the upkeep of their walled gardens, which were a new addition for me since the last time I had visited (as well as the school shutting down- I had secretly wished to be sent away to such a beautiful location!!)

The Abbey sits on the edge of Connemara National Park and offers a chance to wander through the woods and step back in time. It is extremely isolated but well worth the drive if you are looking to put in the time and effort. It isn't for the faint hearted and the drive is bumpy and has a lot of sheep wandering out in the roads.

It cost about €10- €12 to get in during June and was open till 6:00pm, which gives you enough time to drive from practically anywhere in Ireland and still enjoy the day. They also have crafts & jams made by the nuns for sale at their restaurant.
Gorgeous Kylemore
The Chapel
The Walled Gardens
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dansgirl1978 dansgirl…
64 reviews
Sep 07, 2000
I do not remember having to pay an admission fee, so I'm pretty sure it's free.

This is an amazing place tucked away down a windy road where you emerge through the trees to see the lake and then the gorgeous Abbey. Kylemore Abbey is a living and working monastery with the nuns making preserves and other things for sale. It was charming, peaceful and otherworldly.
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