Kylemore Abbey and Gardens

Overview

3h
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden is a Benedictine Monastery and Visitor Attraction nestled in the heart of Connemara on the Wild Atlantic Way. Kylemore Castle was originally built by Mitchell Henry as an ancestral castle in 1867. Later, after passing through the hands of the Duke and Duchess of Manchester, it became home to a Benedictine Community of Nuns who were fleeing war-torn Belgium. In 1920, it was transformed into the iconic Kylemore Abbey. The Estate continues to be home and a place of worship to the Benedictine Community who celebrated their centenary year in Kylemore in 2020. Today, visitors can experience the Abbey at its finest, with its beautifully restored period rooms. Discover the fascinating visitor experience and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, and spirituality. Explore the 6-acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings, formal flower, and vegetable and herb gardens. Step into nature with woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through this vast, 1,000-acre estate. The stunning neo-Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey and a haven of serenity.

Opening times

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Facilities

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Card Accepted
  • Guided Tours
  • Car Parking Available
  • Guide Dogs Welcomed
  • Toilets
  • Food On Site
  • Wifi
  • Retail On Site
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Paper Ticket Accepted
Entry includes a full days visit to the Kylemore Estate. Visit the "From Generation to Generation" visitor experience in the Abbey, taking in a complimentary history talk from one of our knowledgeable Guides. 

Discover the stunning 6.5-acre Victorian walled garden, bathes in the serenity of the neo-Gothic Church, explore the extended woodland walks and nature trails, meet Connemara ponies and kune kune pigs and enjoy the best of the west in food and crafts in the Kylemore kitchen and Kylemore Gifts shop.  
  • Bookings: Please contact Christina Aspell T: 353 (0) 95 52001 or email bookings@kylemoreabbey.com 
  • Private Guided tours available to groups up to 25 pax. Ask Bookings for more details
  • Accessibility: the level of accessibility varies throughout the estate, more details available at www.kylemoreabbey.com. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be borrowed from the Visitor Centre
  • Mass: Visitors are welcome to join the Benedictine nuns daily for mass at 12:15 pm (Mon-Sat) and at 11:30 am on Sundays. (Subject to current health guidelines)
Individuals: During the present situation, Kylemore accepts that some cancellations are unavoidable,and we are happy to honour your ticket at another time. However prior notice must be given to our bookings team at bookings@kylemoreabbey.com.

Groups: For groups, a minimum of 48 hours is required to cancel a booking. Please speak to our bookings team for more details bookings@kylemoreabbey.com.  
Come early and take your time...the two top tips for a great day in Kylemore. There is so much to see and do! To scratch, the surface of Kylemore's 1,000 acres of history,  nature, and beauty leave yourself at least 3 hours to take in all that the estate has to offer. A rain jacket is advisable to allow you to explore the farther reaches of the estate but prepare to be blown away with the beauty, heritage, and welcome you are sure to enjoy in Kylemore. 

Contact details

  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Kylemore
  • Connemara
  • Ireland
  • H91VR90
09552001
bookings@kylemoreabbey.com