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Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden

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1,063 Reviews
Free admission
Connemara, On the N59 between Clifden and Westport

The Basics

The crenelated grey-stone silhouette of Kylemore Abbey is a striking sight amid the rugged, scree-patched hills of the west of Ireland. While you can admire and photograph the abbey and its scenic surrounds from the parking lot, an admission fee is required to enter the grounds. Entrance tickets provide access to the restored ground floor rooms of the abbey, the neo-Gothic church, and the Victorian walled gardens and teahouse, as well as to complimentary history talks and guided garden tours in summer. The abbey is often included on Connemara and Wild Atlantic Way bus and rail day tours from Dublin and Galway city.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Connemara
Bernice_M, Jul 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Mike brilliant, he made the tour , great crack, will book again when in Galway. Very enjoyable tour highly recommended. Value for money. Excellent tour company, nothing too much trouble for them. A pleasure to book with them. Bernice from Belfast
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Beautiful countryside tour
Jessica_H, Mar 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Our Connemara day trip with Kem was the highlight of our vacation. Kylemore Abbey was closed due to the covid epidemic, but the tour was just fine without it. We saw some beautiful sights, learned interesting history and facts from Kem (the driver), and had a lovely time!
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connemara day adventure
leah, Sep 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
it was excellent! places are breath-taking, driver is very nice and funny and the bus is comfortable
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Perfect trip for your heart
Catalina_M, Sep 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
It was amazing! Now, Connemara it’s my perfect place in Ireland. Kylemore Abbey is a perfect place for your heart and for yourself to slowdown. Fabulous, magic and melt my heart forever.
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Ireland at its Best
Paul, Feb 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
What a great experience! PJ was an excellent driver and tour guide. We will return to take another tour with Viator and PJ.
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Day trip Connemara
Mary_O, Feb 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Mike was a terrific and knowledgable guide who helped keep our interest keen all day.Truly a memorable trip with a thoughtful and fun guide!
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Incredible views
jonesdevon414, Dec 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
This was a lovely day trip. It was great to see the stunning natural landscapes and some nice architecture.
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Second time around
kathleent933, Nov 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
This was our second time doing this tour and we were glad we did. We saw things we did not see the first time around due to renovations. The tour operator was very insightful along the way.all in all it was a lovely day, despite the rain!
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Connemara Day Trip
fmard, Oct 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
This tour was excellent. Connemara is beautiful. Kylemore Abbey was amazing. Mike was a great tour guide. He was informative and very funny. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Connemara Day Trip
littlecrown1958, Oct 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
The tour was very good, our guide was quite informative! Kylemore Abbey was beautiful. My only disappointment was that The Quiet Man Museum was closed and this had been the main reason for taking the tour.
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Glorious Connemara
PAULINE K, Oct 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Each location was seen at its best as the sun was shining the whole day. Connemara is really Gods country and showed why Ireland is the Emerald Isle. A must visit for anyone on the West coast of Ireland. The bus company provided an excellent driver who did not impart too much when talking, but gave enough information about the sites as was needed.
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Enjoyable excursion
Melissa M, Sep 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Mike D, our tour guide, was a cheeky delight. I think, doing this tour after the Cliffs of Moher, it was a tad underwhelming. But still beautiful nonetheless. The weather was also particularly dreary in general. But overall, it was nice to see a different part of the Irish countryside.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most guided day tours do not include the price of admission to the grounds and gardens.

  • Visitors without tickets can access the gift shop and café.

  • The property is partially accessible to wheelchair users, though steps and steep gradients prevent access to some sections.

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How to Get There

Kylemore Abbey is located along the N59 between Clifden and Westport. If you don’t have a car or aren’t comfortable driving along country roads, it’s easier to come by guided tour. A shuttle bus runs between the house and gardens.

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When to Get There

Kylemore Abbey is open year-round; the garden teahouse is open from March through mid-November. Summer is a good time for lakeside picnics on the grounds, while the colder months showcase the barren beauty of the Connemara winter. June through September are peak visiting months. Arrive before 12pm or after 4pm to avoid crowds.

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Romance and Tragedy at the Abbey

Part of the abbey’s greatest appeal is the romantic—and tragic—story behind its construction. No expense was spared by politician Mitchell Henry, who built the abbey for his wife, Margaret, after they had honeymooned in the area years before. Sadly for the Henrys, tragedy struck and in 1874, Margaret died after contracting “Nile fever” on a trip to Egypt. A heartbroken Mitchell had a mausoleum built here to house her remains as well as a beautiful neo-Gothic church dedicated to her memory.

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