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Kylemore Abbey & Garden

Tour one of Ireland's most romantic castles, which has been home to Benedictine nuns since 1920.

Set alongside a beautiful lake, Kylemore Abbey was originally built as a family home for Mitchell Henry in 1871. It later became an abbey when purchased by nuns fleeing from World War I Belgium. Since the 1970s, Kylemore Abbey has been open to the public. Today, it’s one of Ireland’s top attractions, offering a great day out for the whole family.  

From spring through to late fall, you can take a short guided tour of the abbey. The tour takes in an audiovisual room, entrance hall, inner hall, drawing room, middle room and dining room. Though a fire ravaged the abbey in 1959, rooms have since been restored with antique furniture, fireplaces and flooring. You can also tour without a guide.

The Victorian Walled Garden is as popular as the abbey itself. The garden was created by Henry and is an astounding feat of engineering. It is built in bogland, and cleaved in two by a natural stream. Half of the garden is comprised of flowerbeds; the other half is used by the nuns to grow fruit and vegetables.

Since restoration began on the garden in 1996, it has regained its two glasshouses and the head gardener's house. Free daily guided tours of the garden take place between May and September, and twice daily in July and August. Also be sure to see the stunning Gothic church dedicated to Henry’s wife.

Set aside a day for your visit to the abbey in order to take in all that the attraction has to offer, including woodland walks around the estate, complete with children's play trail. Bring a picnic or enjoy a meal in one of the three dining venues.

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is located in Connemara, approximately one hour's drive from Galway. Car parking is free. The entry ticket includes a booklet, the guided tour and access to the gardens. Both attractions open daily throughout the year. Check the website for specific opening hours.


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Cloverfox Connemara $67
Cloverfox Connemara

Cloverfox Connemara

Cloverfox Connemara, Letterfrack, Co. Galway
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Letterfrack, this hostel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Connemara National Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kylemore Abbey. Renvyle Beach and Lettergesh Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Kylemore Pass Hotel
    Kylemore Pass Hotel

    Kylemore Pass Hotel

    Kylemore Hotel Connemara, Connemara, Kylemore, County Galway
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Kylemore, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Kylemore Abbey and within 6 mi (10 km) of Twelve Bens Mountain Range and Connemara National Park. Sheep And Wool Centre and Glassillaun Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Connemara National Park Hostel $61
      Connemara National Park Hostel

      Connemara National Park Hostel

      Connemara, Letterfrack, Galway
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this hostel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Connemara National Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Kylemore Abbey. Renvyle Beach and Lettergesh Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Apartment 707 Letterfrack - Sleeps 4 Guests in 3 Bedrooms
        Apartment 707 Letterfrack - Sleeps 4 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

        Apartment 707 Letterfrack - Sleeps 4 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

        Letterfrack, Galway (county)
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Letterfrack, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Connemara National Park and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Kylemore Abbey. Renvyle Beach and Lettergesh Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Apartment 704 Letterfrack - Sleeps 5 Guests in 3 Bedrooms
          Apartment 704 Letterfrack - Sleeps 5 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

          Apartment 704 Letterfrack - Sleeps 5 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

          Letterfrack, Galway (county)
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Letterfrack, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Connemara National Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Kylemore Abbey. Renvyle Beach and Lettergesh Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Apartment 703 Letterfrack - Sleeps 5 Guests in 3 Bedrooms
            Apartment 703 Letterfrack - Sleeps 5 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

            Apartment 703 Letterfrack - Sleeps 5 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

            Letterfrack, Galway (county)
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Letterfrack, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Connemara National Park and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Kylemore Abbey. Renvyle Beach and Lettergesh Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Apartment 709 Letterfrack - Sleeps 4 Guests in 3 Bedrooms
              Apartment 709 Letterfrack - Sleeps 4 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

              Apartment 709 Letterfrack - Sleeps 4 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

              Letterfrack, Galway (county)
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Letterfrack, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Connemara National Park and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Kylemore Abbey. Renvyle Beach and Lettergesh Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Apartment 710 Letterfrack - Sleeps 4 Guests in 3 Bedrooms
                Apartment 710 Letterfrack - Sleeps 4 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

                Apartment 710 Letterfrack - Sleeps 4 Guests in 3 Bedrooms

                Letterfrack, Galway (county)
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Letterfrack, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Connemara National Park and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Kylemore Abbey. Renvyle Beach and Lettergesh Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).