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Kylemore Abbey and Gardens

Tucked in the shadows of the mighty Seven Pins Mountain range, Kylemore Abbey cuts a striking figure against its majestic backdrop. A Benedictine monastery founded in 1853, the Abbey took seven years to build and remains in use today as an all girls’ school governed by Benedictine Nuns - the only Benedictine Community in Ireland - as well as opening its grounds to tourists. With its idyllic surroundings encircled by woodlands and postcard-worthy façade fronted by a glistening lake that perfectly reflects the grand building, Kylemore Abbey has fast become one of County Galway’s most popular iconic sights.

While parts of the 1000-acre estate remain closed to the public, visitors can tour many of the most impressive sights, including the magnificent Gothic Chapel and the Abbey’s beautifully restored main hall. The 6-acre walled Victorian Gardens are another highlight, where pretty walkways, 19th-century flowerbeds and a series of greenhouses are divided by a gurgling stream and enclosed by a brick and limestone wall. The onsite crafts shop and café, where the nuns serve up home-cooked food, are also popular, with the teahouse terrace offering wonderful views over the nearby Connemara National Park.  

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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errilly Friary

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Discover the dramatic beauty of Connemara with its rugged wilderness, welcoming locals and historic treasures, on this full-day trip from Galway city. ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.64

Connemara and Galway City Day Trip from Dublin

4 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

Explore Connemara and Galway City on a full-day trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll discover this unspoiled area of natural beauty on Ireland's ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.75

Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Leave Dublin for the day and take a coach and rail tour to Connemara and Galway. You'll travel through breathtaking Irish scenery, pass by stunning Kylemore ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.30

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