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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  • You can get an amazing view from the road, and get some amazing photos from there. We also pulled into the parking area and got a different perspective. The gift shop has beautiful woolens and other i...  more »
  • We stumbled on this place almost by chance, driving aimlessly around the Connemara National Park. The setting is gorgeous, with the Abbey nestled under tall hills behind it, with a sparkling lake in t...  more »
  • My family and I enjoyed our day out to Kylemore Abbey on the June Bank Holiday. Expecting there to be lots of queues and busyness, it wasn't too bad. On arrival we found a parking space quite quickly ...  more »
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  • The walled gardens were amazing and totally worth going for. The abbey itself is beautiful, but you can see little more than the front entry hall and a dining room. I wanted to see much more than we were allowed to see.
  • Beautiful grounds. The story is lovely and heartbreaking. Plan a minimum of 2 hours stay but 3 would be better. If you want to hike the mountain trails you must book in advance.
  • The grounds of this place are absolutely beautiful. It is very touristy but it is worth the peek if you like Victorian architecture and history. You will feel like you are on Downtown Abbey. The grounds are even more beautiful and the poison garden is a real treat. The cafeteria is alright, but I would pack a lunch or eat before if you can manage.
  • Beautiful place, too bad most of the building is not open to public, but I found the exterior parts much more interesting, the walled garden, and the neo-gothic mini-cathedral and the paths between it were much more interesting than the interior part of the building itself. Wonderful scenery.
  • I love this location but also the people there. IT is the most fantastic location in Connemara. Got tons of photos in here. You would need a full day for it so prepare properly.