Kylemore became home to the Benedictine nuns in 1920 when they fled Belgium during the war.

Located just over one hour from Galway City, Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions. Kylemore Castle was built in the late 1800s by Mitchell Henry MP, a wealthy businessman, and liberal politician. Inspired by his love for his wife Margaret, and his hopes for his beloved Ireland, Henry created an estate boasting ‘all the innovations of the modern age’. An enlightened landlord and vocal advocate of the Irish people, Henry poured his life’s energy into creating an estate that would showcase what could be achieved in the remote wilds of Connemara. Today Kylemore Abbey is owned and run by the Benedictine community who have been in residence here since 1920.

Experience woodland and lake shore walks, magnificent buildings and Ireland’s largest walled garden. Enjoy wholesome food and delicious home-baking in the onsite cafe or garden tea house. History talks take place three times a day in the abbey and tours of the walled garden take place throughout the summer. Browse the craft and design shop for unique gifts including Kylemore Abbey pottery and award-winning chocolates handmade by the Benedictine nuns. Discover the beauty, history, and romance of Ireland’s most intriguing estate in the heart of the Connemara countryside.

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Phone: +353 95 52001

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Kylemore Abbey is located in Connemara, Co. Galway, in the West of Ireland on the iconic Wild Atlantic Way. Situated on the N59 between Clifden and Westport, it is easily accessible from Shannon and Knock airport, Galway City, Clifden, Cong, and Westport.

Kylemore Abbey, Kylemore, Connemara, Galway, Ireland

Eircode: H91 VR90

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