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Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is the ideal destination, at any time of year, for a day out in majestic Connemara. Located just over an hour’s drive from Galway City.
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is the ideal destination, at any time of year, for a day out in majestic Connemara. Located just over an hour’s drive from Galway City, a visit to the beautiful 1,000 acre Kylemore estate will rank as an unforgettable memory.
The dramatic landscape and iconic image of a baronial castle reflected in a Connemara lake has made Kylemore Abbey world famous and it is now the largest tourist attraction in the west of Ireland.
The Benedictine nuns of Kylemore invite visitors to experience the Victorian atmosphere of the Abbey's restored rooms, the neo- Gothic Church, and Ireland’s largest Victorian Walled Garden. Learn about Kylemore’s history of tragedy, romance, spiritually, innovation and education. From the love story that began it all, to engineering initiatives, model farms, royal visits, a Duke and Duchess, Indian princesses and the Abbey's former role as a girls boarding school there is plenty to engage and fascinate.
Explore the extensive woodland and lakeshore walks which lead you through the beautifully manicured estate. The stunning Walled Garden is maintained to strict Heritage standards and is a haven for Victorian flowers, shrubs and vegetables. The restored Head Gardener’s house and the Garden Bothy house give a fascinating glimpse into life in the Victorian era. Enjoy refreshing walks and scenic views whatever the season.
Mitchell’s Café and the Garden Tea offer home cooked food made from the recipes of the Benedictine nuns. Home baking is their real speciality and don’t miss out on the delicious scones, apple pies, pastries and desserts.
The Craft and Design shop has a wide selection of design-focused Irish giftware including artisan food products, knitwear, pottery and some fun pocket money souvenirs. The craft shop stocks a selection of products handmade at Kylemore Abbey including Kylemore Abbey Fuchsia pottery, beauty products and award-winning chocolates, handmade by the Benedictine nuns.
History talks from the experienced guides take place three times daily and the fascinating audio visual presentation is shown every fifteen minutes in the Abbey. Choirs travel from around the world to Kylemore Abbey to sing in the neo-Gothic Church with its superb acoustics. All are welcome to attend the choral performances and admittance is included in the Kylemore entry fee. Kylemore staff look forward to welcoming you to Kylemore and making you part of the continuing story of Kylemore abbey and Victorian Walled Garden.