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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens is temporarily closed due to the current health crisis. We look forward to welcoming you to the estate once we reopen.


Restoration Progress

We are pleased that the major restoration project (repointing and lead replacement) on the Abbey building is very much on schedule and nearing completion.  The scaffolding on the front of the building has already come down although some scaffolding will remain on the west side of the building while the works are being completed. The Abbey itself has remained open, as usual, throughout the restoration and in this, the 150th anniversary of the commencement of works on the castle building, we are delighted to see such important work being undertaken by the Benedictine community.

                                                                                                               Kylemore Abbey June 20th

Second Phase of Restoration Nearing Completion

Second Phase of Restoration nearing Completion

As part  of the ongoing restoration of Kylemore Abbey, extensive scaffolding has been in place since the end of April on the front of the building. This essential work is proceeding to schedule and the bulk of the scaffolding is due to come down, by approximately  the end of the second week of June.

We are delighted to see what is the second phase, of this essential restoration work nearing completion. This work will ensure the future of the building for now and for future generations.

 During this period the Abbey is open to visitors as usual. Please enquire to our Visitor Centre for further information.

View of the Abbey with scaffolding in place.


Garden Tours Are Back!

Enjoy a Guided Tour of the beautiful Victorian Walled Garden. Tours which take place every Tuesday in June, July and August begin at the Garden Tea House and last approximately 45 minutes. Learn about the history and development of one of Ireland’s best loved and most spectacular Heritage gardens. The tour is included in the price of your entry ticket to the Kylemore estate.

 A different guide each week will lend their own unique style and interpretation to the tour.

Tours begin at 2.30pm, no booking required.

Visit our events calendar for full details

Garden Diary April 2017

Easter is just few days away and the weather tries its best to look presentable around here in Connemara at the moment.

The garden is also showing off its easterly spring theme with a mixture of shades of pinks, blues, yellows and reds. Lets hope the festive days are dry, a bit of sun would be lovely for the children coming to us once again to look for their little Easter bunnies.  Different activities will take place within the Walled Garden of Kylemore on Easter Sunday (more information are on the Kylemore Webpage).

Pic1 Easter colours – Wallflower ‘Cloth of Gold’ & Tulip ‘van der Neer’


Pic2 Tulip ‘Coleur Cardinal’, Forget-me-nots and orange Wallflowers just starting to bloom, restored Vinery in the background




Pic3 Tulip ‘Keizerskroon’ and Fritillaria persica in the Parterre

Tulip ‘Kreizerskroon’ is one of the heritage Tulip varieties that is  not easy to get anymore. We were only able to purchase 100 bulbs this year and will try to build up our own stock from now on.


Most apple blossoms, including these of the crab apples are in full bloom and give the whole vegetable garden a fresh look. For me it is always the start of the new season in the vegetable garden.

Pic4 Flowering apple tree with crab apple in back ground; the bark covered in lichens


The first two potato plots are planted up. ‘British Queens’ are covering one whole plot and ‘Epicure, ‘Duke of York’, ‘Sharps Express’ and ‘Champion’ are planted in the other one. The long clean ridges always symbolize Connemara to me. The old potato ridges are still visible on the mountain sides here in the west, even though long overgrown and last cultivated probably during Famine times.




The last of last years leeks are just been taken out to make room for new crops or green manures. They might be stronger in taste but are still nice to eat.

Pic6 Last years leeks


All the peas, mange touts and broad beans are in the ground and need to get staked. We also spread fresh seaweed in between the young cabbage plants to prevent cabbage root flies. This method worked very well last year and also fed the hungry plants during the season.

Pic7 Peas and Broad beans


I wish all my readers a lovely Easter time with plenty of hidden treats to look for!

Your Head Gardener

Anja Gohlke


Kylemore Abbey Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies


Holy Thursday

Midday Prayer:12.15 

               Mass of Holy Thursday: 6.00 p.m

Good Friday:

 Midday Prayer: 12.15

            Liturgy of Good Friday: 3.00 p.m.

 Holy Saturday

 Midday Prayer: 12.15

Vespers: 5.45 p.m.

  Saturday Night:  

Easter Vigil: 9.00 p.m.

  Easter Sunday:  

  Mass   9.00 a.m.                

Vespers  6.00 p.m.


All services take place in the Monastic church beside the Visitor Centre

Visitors are welcome to join the Benedictine Community at any service.     

kylemore castle history  

Easter Sunday Fun at Kylemore Abbey

We are planning a great day of family fun at Kylemore Abbey this Easter. The Easter Bunny and friends will be on hand to help with the celebrations and they will be handing out lots of treats and hugs too! Come and follow our Easter themed quiz trail in the Victorian Walled Garden and discover bunnies, chicks, bonnets, ducks, fairys, teddys, and lots more. You will have to find the clues, solve puzzles, make wishes and even get finger printed! We have 300 yummy chocolate bunnies for the first 300 children. Enjoy lunch with Mum and Dad in Mitchell’s Café or the Garden Tea House. Our pastry chefs will be creating lots of delicious Easter treats and bakes and adults will be treated to a free Kylemore Irish Country Cream Coffee! After lunch  take your time to explore all that the Kylemore estate has to offer! The trail is open from 12 pm to 4 pm, don’t be late!

The quiz trail is fun for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The usual entry fee applies.

Garden Diary March 2017

Welcome back to our spring edition of the monthly garden blog of Kylemore Abbey & Garden.

The recent warm and dry winter gave way to a rather wet and very unsettled spring. Very cold and strong easterly winds made outside work challenging once again.

It nearly feels like  we are getting punished for the ideal winter conditions we experienced just over a month ago.

The weather did not put a damper on our annual Tree planting week which is part of National Tree Week. As in recent years we invited all local schools and our local creche to take part in planting a couple of mainly native broad leaf trees.

On a rainy Monday morning the local creche  presented  a lovely bunch of four year old preschoolers, eager to dig and plant and get their tiny hands dirty. Everybody got a turn on the spade, which was bigger then the children.

Happy faces at the end and a well deserved treat in our restaurant rounded off this joyful morning.


Pic1 Children of our local creche are proudly presenting their planted Sycamore tree


Pic2 Pupils of the second class of Letterfrack National school busy planting trees


We started this tree planting week in 2012 and have planted nearly 50 trees so far. They are spread throughout the entire estate in Kylemore. This year we concentrated on replanting trees in the woodland along the stream within the Walled Garden.

Otherwise in thew Garden we are very busy with the seed propagation for our summer display in the formal flower garden and vegetable garden. Every gardener has  a different approach and their own little tweaks on how to sow seeds. We use seed dials for the smaller seeds like the seeds of Lavatera (in the picture below). We use special seed compost and add vermiculite which helps to establish the roots of the seedlings.

Pic3 Seeds of Lavatera ‘Mont’Blanc’ ready for sowing


Once the seeds have germinated and the seedlings are big enough we pot them on into trays with potting compost, making sure the compost is not compacted for easier rooting. It is important to hold the seedlings on the leaves and not on the stems so the plants do not get damaged. It is also important to prepare a deep hole in the tray to ensure the roots will fit in without being cramped. Don’t over-water the young plants, it is better to mist them several times a day. Once they are hardy enough they could be moved outside under cold frames to be hardened off.

Pic4 Seedlings of Radish ‘Scarlet Globe’ ready for potting on


Pic5 Potting on Radish seedlings into trays


We used the few dry spells to rotovate  plots and plant Onions, Garlic, Shallots and Spring Onion. They did very well last year and we hope for the best again for this season.

Pic6 Organic sets of Garlic, Onion and Shallots

The first flush of spring colour is nearly over. Early daffodils, crocuses and snow drops are nearly finished and other spring bulbs and plants are starting to show their flowering habit. A nice  flowering bulb which is not seen very often is Puschkinia, about 15 cm tall with delicate white and light blue blossom. It grows well in sun or shade in beds or on banks.

Pic7 Puschkinia libanotica


Another unusual spring bulb would be Narcissus canaliculatis, a small tazetta type Daffodil with a lovely cluster of small white and yellow flower heads. It works well in combinations with Snake heads Fritillaria.

Pic8 Narcissus canaliculatis


The milder conditions earlier on brought out the first blossom of our espalier plum trees planted along the brick wall. Lets hope that a late frost won’t damage them. It would be nice to harvest a few plums this year. We are also planting more fruit trees like Apples, Pears and Plums as replacements for old or decayed trees at the moment.

Pic9 The blossom of a plum tree


One of my favourite spring flowers is the Persian Fritillaria. I love the shades and textures of the flower heads. The only downfall around here is that the slugs seem to love them and that they need staking since the plant could be nearly two feet tall.Pic10 Fritillaria persica


The tasty grass in Kylemore and the Walled Garden is well known to our woolly friends and it is hard to keep them outside the Kylemore premises sometimes. A small ‘sheep-hunt’ within the garden ended up like this last week. The question here is, who has the nicer view?

Pic11 ‘A day out’



Your Head Gardener

Anja Gohlke


Things you can do in your garden in March/beginning April

To Sow / Propagate:

~ First sowing of green manure
~ Sow first early potatoes as soon as soil is warming up
~ Continue sowing summer bedding plants and prick out when big enough

To plant:
~ Plant out seedlings of Broad beans and stake well
~ Plant spring onion, onions, shallots, garlic
~ Divide and transplant perennials in borders
~ Divide & replant chives (also great in borders and good for black flies on roses)

To maintain & prune & feed:
~ Service all garden machinery before first use
~ Sharpen edging shears regularly
~ Feed all fruit trees and bushes with potash
~ Feed herbaceous borders with soil improver like chicken pellets and own rotted compost
~ Feed Spring Cabbages with Seaweed powder















Saint Patrick’s Day at Kylemore Abbey

Enjoy a fun day out this Saint Patrick’s Day at Kylemore Abbey. Our friendly leprechaun ‘Tadhg’ will be visiting to hand out sweeties and hugs between 11 am and 1 pm. From 1 pm to 2 pm there will be traditional Irish music in Mitchell’s Café with Loretta and Caroline Coyne. These  two local sisters with a multitude of Fheis Cheoil medals between them. Our chefs will be serving traditional Irish favourites for lunch and our pastry chefs will be serving up lots of special treats for the day that is in it! Children can take part in our colouring competition with a chance to win themselves a Kylemore Abbey Fairy Door! Come and enjoy a relaxing saint Patrick’s Day at beautiful Kylemore Abbey!

Annual Membership

Now is the perfect time to treat yourself or a loved one to a full year of unlimited visits to Kylemore. Our membership scheme which starts from just €45 is great value and also gives you a 10% discount in our Craft and Design Shop, a 10% discount for friends visiting Kylemore with you and a monthly ezine with news, competitions and special offers. Kylemore is open throughout the year and always makes a great destination to enjoy family and friends. Call our booking office for more information or book online by following this link.



Christmas Mass at Kylemore Abbey

While the Kylemore Estate will be closed to the public on December 24th, 25th and 26th all are welcome to join the Benedictine Community for Mass or Divine Office in the Monastic Church, next to the Visitor Centre at Kylemore. Please note the following times.

Christmas Eve: 1st Vespers of the Nativity :  6.00pm

Vigil Service:  9.30pm

Mass: 10 .00pm

Christmas Day: Lauds followed by Mass: 9. 00am

2nd Vespers of the Nativity: 6.00pm

St Stephen’s Day December 26th): Mass: 12.15pm

Other Days:

Weekdays                Mass:12.15pm

Vespers: 6.00pm