Come and visit Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden today. Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden is the most visited attraction in the west of Ireland. Allow yourself plenty of time to fully explore the estate which includes the restored rooms in the Abbey (Ground Floor Only, the neo-Gothic Church, Mausoleum, extensive woodland and lake shore walks and the stunning Walled Garden. Dine in Mitchell’s Café or at the Tea House by the Walled Garden and pick up the perfect gift in our Craft and Design Shop.
The Abbey itself was known as Kylemore Castle until 1920 when the Benedictine order of nuns made it their home. The Abbey was home to the Kylemore Abbey Girl’s school until 2010. Although the Benedictine nuns still own and use most of the building the ground floor is accessible for visitors who can get a glimpse of what life was like in this fascinating building built 150 years ago. Follow the self guiding panels which begin in the Front Hall to learn about Kylemore’s many fascinating twists of fate down through the years. Attend a History Talk or Audio Visual Presentation for a full background to the estate and the people who have lived, worked and prayed there.