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

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden

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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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
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$40.28 per adult
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The trip was lovely and...
The trip was lovely and Mike was a fantastic tour guide! We got to see all of the highlights and learn a lot along the way.
Madison_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Mike is funny and gentle....
BeatrizGonzagaBurke, Nov 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Mike is funny and gentle. He knows the history well and it’s always ready to tell you more about it if you show interest. He also cares about people’s safety during the trip.
star-5
Beautiful
linh_l, Aug 2021
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
We ended up on this tour about a week into our 2 week stay in Ireland. What an amazing experience with someone who is knowledgeable! We felt covid safe and learned so much history and got to see some many amazing sites. What an experience that our kids will also have for the rest of their lives. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Not to be missed
osetin, Nov 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The guide Michael had the perfect combination excellent professional driving, deep knowledge, and relentless wit. My favorite tour ever.
star-5
Lifetime trip
Pat_M, Nov 2021
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
I've been around connemara several times, but our guide, Gerry, brought the whole trip to life, with his knowledge of the area down to the smallest detail. An incredible history of the area. Thanks Gerry
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The tour guide was...
Abby_K, Nov 2021
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
The tour guide was lovely! He tried to make the experience memorable. He was funny and knew a lot about the area. The Connemara area was beautiful. We would highly recommend.
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Tour Kylemore Abbey
eric_s, Oct 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Mike was excellent tour guide … Not only did he know history about destination point , He was very well versed about telling the story of people in west Ireland region past , present and future… He really is professional and passionate about being a tour guide and was very helpful. Good job Mike definitely recommend this tour and your company and Mike ! The Stall, Eric & Cherie👍👍🙏😎🍀
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Nice day
Ral_G, Oct 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Perfect. The bus driver guide was very kindly and funny. Nice tour. Interesting buildings and beautiful places.
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Lovely!
Casey_H, Oct 2021
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
Great tour with Mike! He was very kind and insightful. We got to stop often for photos and he gave us plenty of time to spend exploring Kylemore Abbey
star-5
Amazing tour well...
Zainab_A, Oct 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Amazing tour well organized, worth the money. The guide David was Amazing cooperative and made the tour fun and informative
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Daytrippin - Ireland
Rebecca_H, Oct 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
A Wonderful way to experience Ireland's lush landscapes and rich history. The Abbey was a delight! Our guide Mike was a hoot and provided great narration during the trip!
star-5
Great tour!
Amy_B, Sep 2021
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
An amazing day traveling through Connemara with our tour guide John. He has so many great things to share and Kylemore Abbey was breathtaking!! We would definitely recommend this tour!
star-5
One of my best trips
Ander_C, Sep 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Everything perfect!!! And Mick driver-guide was amazing, he is a gem in your business, in Galway and Ireland. Many thanks!!!

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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