Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden is located in the heart of Connemara just over 1 hour’s drive from Galway City. The historic castle, 6.5 acre Victorian Walled Garden, neo-Gothic Church, woodland walkways and our friendly Kune Kune pigs and Connemara ponies are all part of a wonderful day out for all ages in Kylemore.

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden is located in the heart of Connemara just over 1 hour’s drive from Galway City. The historic castle, 6.5 acre Victorian Walled Garden, neo-Gothic Church, woodland walkways and our friendly Kune Kune pigs and Connemara ponies are all part of a wonderful day out for all ages in Kylemore.

Built in 1867 by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy English surgeon, businessman and MP, the Henry’s built this beautiful castle, gardens and church during their time on the estate. Despite being struck by tragedy more than once, the Henry family enjoyed the estate as their Summer home for almost 36 years after which it was sold to the fashionable Duke and Duchess of Manchester. The Duke and Duchess weren’t to live in Kylemore long and after just seven years put the estate up for sale. In 1920 the Benedictine Community of Nuns arrived from war torn Ypres and fell in love with Kylemore. For the past 100 years they have lived, prayed and worked in Kylemore, over the running a guesthouse, an international boarding school and now running an international visitor attraction.

Education:

All ages are welcome to enjoy the fascinating history of Kylemore. And new for Autumn/Winter is a very special “History Hunters” self-guided tour for children. Also 'Life in the Castle Talks'; 'Walking Stories' which tell the myths and legends of Kylemore, and 'Feeding Time Fun' with their ponies and pigs. Admission for under 16’s is free, concessions are available for groups. Pre-booking is essential for school groups.

Visit www.kylemoreabbey.com for more details or contact bookings@kylemoreabbey.com