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When Mitchell Henry and his wife Margaret travelled to Connemara in the 1850s they fell in love with the region. Mitchell returned in the 1860s and purchased the estate of Kylemore and built a splendid castle as an elaborate gift for his wife. Kylemore was changed from a barren, rugged landscape to lush woodland with a wonderful 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden, and every innovation of the Victorian age.
Home to the Benedictine Nuns since 1920, Kylemore has been renowned as a place of spirituality and education ever since. Visiting Kylemore you will learn of the tales of tragedy and romance, engineering initiatives, model farms and Royal visits. Enjoy the Victorian atmosphere in the Abbey before visiting the beautiful Gothic Church. Explore the magical Victorian Walled Garden, along with extensive lakeside walks and tree-lined avenues.
Kylemore Craft and Design Shop stocks the best of Irish fashion, jewellery and gifts as well as beautiful Kylemore Abbey Pottery made in the on-site Pottery Studio. You can also buy chocolates, soaps and skincare products handmade by the Benedictine nuns at Kylemore.
Sit back and relax in the award winning Mitchell’s café or the beautifully located Garden Tea House. Home baking is a speciality with traditional scones; fruit pies and crumbles always ready to delight!
- Over six acres of beautiful Victorian Walled Gardens
- Restored Abbey rooms and a Neo-Gothic Church
- History talks and guided tours
- Extensive woodland and lakeshore walks
- Award-winning café and tea house serving delicious home-baking
- On-site Pottery Studio and Craft & Design Shop
- Musical performances in the Gothic Church throughout the year
Open Year Round
January 18 - February 14: 10:00 - 16:30
February 15 - March 6: 10:00 - 17:00
March 7 - 25: 09:00 - 17:30
March 26 - July 3: 09:00 - 18:00
July 4 - August 27: 09:00 - 19:00
August 28 - October 10: 09:00 - 17:30
October 11 - November 2: 09:00 - 17:00
November 3 - January 17, 2017: 09:30 - 16:30
(Times may be subject to change - check with attraction before travel)
Closed: December 24, 25 and 26
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Approx. visit duration: 80 minutes minimum
Senior (aged 65+): €10.00
Student (18+ with valid ID): €9.00
Child (aged 11-17): €9.00
Child (aged 0-10): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 6 children aged 11-17): €35.00
Other Useful Information
Free information leaflets available in Irish, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. Audio visual presentation available in English, French and German. Guided tours can be provided through English and French (subject to availability of guide and pre-booking).
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Mitchell’s Café serves a wide variety of cold and hot foods. The Tea House serves a smaller selection of hot and cold lunch options. Henry’s Express Café serves a variety of takeout and picnic goodies.
Craft and Design Shop selling beautiful gifts, clothing, souvenirs and Kylemore Abbey Fuchsia pottery made on-site along with artisan food products handmade by the Benedictine Nuns.
Free car and coach parking on-site.
Partially wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.
Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Trip Advisor Excellence Award 2015
- CIE Tours International Excellence Award 2014
- Goodall’s Ireland Best Scone Finalist 2015
- Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Award Gold 2015
- Europa Nostra gardens of Europe Awards 2001
Located in Connemara off the R344 and on the N59, Kylemore Abbey is one hour from Galway City, and 3 hours and 50 minutes from Dublin.Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden Nearby Attractions