Nestling in the heart of Connemara, on what has come to be known as the Wild Atlantic Way, Kylemore Abbey is a most elegant haven of serenity and history. Kylemore Abbey welcomes visitors from all over the world each year to embrace the magic of it’s magnificent 1,000-acre estate. Just one hour from Galway City, Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland’s leading tourist attractions. Kylemore Castle was built in the late 1800’s 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’.
Kylemore Abbey ( Irish: Mainistir na Coille Móire) is the home of a Benedictine order of Nuns since 1920. The abbey was founded by Benedictine Nuns who fled from Belgium during World War I.
Go visit Kylemore Abbey and enjoy the new visitor experience in the Abbey, From Generation to Generation…..the story of Kylemore Abbey. Experience it’s woodland, breathtaking lakeshore walks, its magnificent buildings and Ireland’s largest Walled Garden. You can then enjoy wholesome Irish food and delicious home-baking in Kylemores Café 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 our 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.