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Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden

Free admission
Connemara, On the N59 between Clifden and Westport

The Basics

The crenelated grey-stone silhouette of Kylemore Abbey is a striking sight amid the rugged, scree-patched hills of the west of Ireland. While you can admire and photograph the abbey and its scenic surrounds from the parking lot, an admission fee is required to enter the grounds. Entrance tickets provide access to the restored ground floor rooms of the abbey, the neo-Gothic church, and the Victorian walled gardens and teahouse, as well as to complimentary history talks and guided garden tours in summer. The abbey is often included on Connemara and Wild Atlantic Way bus and rail day tours from Dublin and Galway city.

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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
star-4.5
$37.35 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Mike deserves a rise!
We just came back from the Kylemore abbey tour from Galway and loved it! Mike, the tour guide, is an authentic national treasure. He gave lots of information, details and excellent jokes, and with him the tour was a true pleasure. He solved all our doubts and questions. Please give him a rise! He deserves it :)
Elsa_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

star-5
Wonderful excursion into Connemara
brendaknightgrove, Apr 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The tour into Connemara was excellent. The coach was comfortable and clean. Our driver/guide Michael was knowledgeable and entertaining. The Connemara countryside is stunning, and Kylemore Abbey is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.
star-4
Mike is funny and gentle....
BeatrizGonzagaBurke, Nov 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Mike is funny and gentle. He knows the history well and it’s always ready to tell you more about it if you show interest. He also cares about people’s safety during the trip.
star-5
Very fun!!
Josephine_L, Apr 2022
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
This tour was fantastic! Our guide Mike was the best. Very knowledgeable, funny, and kind. Kylemore Abbey is gorgeous, a bit smaller in person than you would think but it’s stunning! The tour is priced very fair and it is 100% worth it if you want to explore more of Ireland during your stay. We didn’t have the best weather but regardless it was very fun :)
star-5
Worth every minute to go...
amyjohick, Mar 2022
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
Worth every minute to go see Kylemoore Abbey and our tour guide Gerry was fantastic! Just the right combination of history and comedy!
star-4
Nice overall but a lot of bus
BRA_F, May 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Nice day overall and the places seen/visited are great but it’s a lot of bus, and the shock absorber are not ideal which makes it a bit bumpy. The driver was nice and the comments were interesting.
star-5
A truly magical trip!
Liana_H, Apr 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
The most amazing driver, funny, witty and with so much history and folklore knowledge. The landscapes were incredible, a place of surreal peace and beauty. Kylemore Abbey is unbelievable. Made me feel like a princess of times gone by.
star-5
Outstanding Landscapes
Tiago_C, Apr 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Our driver/guide was extremely funny and put a smile on everyone in the group. The stops were perfect and very well timed. The landscapes of this tour are a must see. You have more than enough time to see everything.
star-5
It's a great experience,...
Leslie_C, Mar 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
It's a great experience, though kylemore abbey was not included still had great time exploring connemara. Thanks a million Eamonn and Emily from Paris (i meet her during this tour.God bless!
star-5
Beautiful
linh_l, Aug 2021
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
We ended up on this tour about a week into our 2 week stay in Ireland. What an amazing experience with someone who is knowledgeable! We felt covid safe and learned so much history and got to see some many amazing sites. What an experience that our kids will also have for the rest of their lives. Would highly recommend.
star-4
It was pretty nice, but...
Zummar_A, Jan 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
It was pretty nice, but it was more of a sightseeing trip than an exploring one. Nice and slow with beautiful scenery.
star-5
The tour guide was...
Abby_K, Nov 2021
From Galway: Guided tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
The tour guide was lovely! He tried to make the experience memorable. He was funny and knew a lot about the area. The Connemara area was beautiful. We would highly recommend.
star-5
Our tour guide Michael...
Matthew_R, Jan 2022
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Cong and the Kylemore Abbey
Our tour guide Michael was terrific. I have been to Connemara a few times before but he took us to spots I have never seen and he had knowledge of the area I was unaware of.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most guided day tours do not include the price of admission to the grounds and gardens.

  • Visitors without tickets can access the gift shop and café.

  • The property is partially accessible to wheelchair users, though steps and steep gradients prevent access to some sections.

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How to Get There

Kylemore Abbey is located along the N59 between Clifden and Westport. If you don’t have a car or aren’t comfortable driving along country roads, it’s easier to come by guided tour. A shuttle bus runs between the house and gardens.

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When to Get There

Kylemore Abbey is open year-round; the garden teahouse is open from March through mid-November. Summer is a good time for lakeside picnics on the grounds, while the colder months showcase the barren beauty of the Connemara winter. June through September are peak visiting months. Arrive before 12pm or after 4pm to avoid crowds.

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Romance and Tragedy at the Abbey

Part of the abbey’s greatest appeal is the romantic—and tragic—story behind its construction. No expense was spared by politician Mitchell Henry, who built the abbey for his wife, Margaret, after they had honeymooned in the area years before. Sadly for the Henrys, tragedy struck and in 1874, Margaret died after contracting “Nile fever” on a trip to Egypt. A heartbroken Mitchell had a mausoleum built here to house her remains as well as a beautiful neo-Gothic church dedicated to her memory.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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