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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Kylemore
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Founded by Benedictine nuns who fled Belgium during World War I, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden occupy the estate of a 19th century castle, built to house the family of a wealthy London doctor. Although large sections of the property remain closed to visitors, you can take a guided tour of its Gothic chapel, main hall, and walled garden, one of the last built in Ireland during the Victorian period. Intersected by walkways and manicured flowerbeds, the garden contains a series of greenhouses, two of which have been restored to their full Victorian glory. The estate also features a gift shop and three dining venues, including a traditional teahouse using nuns' recipes for cakes and scones, baked fresh daily. Put Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and other Kylemore attractions into our Kylemore vacation planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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As soon as you lay eyes on the vista of Kylemore Abbey across the lake you are entranced. This is surely one of the most picturesque stately homes (and later, an Abbey) in existence. The story of its ... read more »
I wish we had had the to time to linger here longer. The grounds and Abbey (former home of Mitchell Henry and his family) are incredibly and hauntingly beautiful. The Mausoleum is stunning and a sad a... read more »
We came from Galway, it took us about a 1.5 hrs drive. Most of the road was with some nice views with lakes and mountains. The price per adult is 13 euros which is expensive, the tour inside the abbey... read more »
Beautiful estate with waterfalls, abbey, private chapel, gardens, lakes, mountains, sheep, you name it. We'll kept grounds and friendly guides. We weren't able to see much of the abbey when we were there, but the chapel has very nice marble work and architecture.
Kylemore is a real gem. The history is fascinating and it is well told. The buildings and grounds are beautifully kept. The walk to the Victorian gardens is lovely. It is a great day out for a family but equally is a romantic spot for a stroll. There is a good visitor centre and the food at the restaurant is delicious. We have visited several times.
This is an amazing place to go with the family. You can easily spend the whole day there and the best thing to do is have a picnic, bring some food with you and enjoy the grounds all day. There is plenty of benches and tables and if you don't feel like lugging food with you there is a fantastic cafe with home made fare, you will be spoilt for choice. The Victoria Garden is also fabulous and takes a while to walk trough. If you are lucky to be rewarded with a glorious weather, your experience will be unforgettable!! The view of the surrounding mountains is outstanding. The best thing to do is to go there on your own not with a big tour bus, this way you can go where ever you want and spent as much time as you want there. I have done both and loved my private time much more.
Kylemore Castle and grounds are amazing and you can easily spend a few hours there. And considering the fee for entry and the size of the place, it's one of the most worthwhile castle visits in Ireland. You can see inside the castle and the abbey, the gardens are open, you can access the grove and the lake and probably have a picnic there if you want. Don't miss it!
This victorian castle turned abbey is straight out of a fairytale. Allow at least 3 hours to explore... Gardens are worth a visit
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