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History Talks, Guided Tours & Experiences

Please note history talks and guided tours are currently on hold due to covid-19 procedures. However, our friendly Guides are still on hand to answers questions and share insights on the fascinating history of Kylemore. 

Join one of our knowledgeable and friendly Abbey Guides on one of their daily history talks to hear the story from the Abbey’s beginnings in the 1840’s as a romantic gift to becoming home to the Benedictine Community in 1920. Our Guides rich interest in history and local knowledge will allow visitors to fully engage with Kylemore’s importance locally, nationally and internationally throughout the generations and people who called it home.

History Hunter (link to the resources) Map in hand, children are encouraged to join our history talks and to ask our Guides any questions about life in the castle and the 9 Henry children and later schoolgirls who were at home in Kylemore.

History Talks of the Abbey & Tour of the Gardens

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Our guides have an in-depth knowledge of the History of the Kylemore Estate and those who have made their home there over the years. Complimentary talks take place in the front hall of the Abbey, please go to the guides desk to take part in the Talk at the time below.

Talks are available each day at 11:30 am. 13:00 pm & 15.00 pm .

Additional talks are scheduled during the summer months, see here for more details.

The History Talk will take approx. 20 minutes.

Victorian Walled Garden

Complimentary Guided tours of the Victorian Walled Garden are available during June, July and August. See our calendar of daily events for days and times.

Details: The garden tour will take approx. 30 minutes. Meeting point for the garden tour is at the main entrance to the Garden Tea House. See your visitor brochure for exact location. (Look out for the meeting point blackboard!) Booking is not required for individuals. Groups can book a private tour by contacting the visitor centre.

Specialty Talks

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New for 2021 is a number of specialty talks giving visitors even greater insight into the history of Kylemore. See events page (link) for the daily schedule. Specialty talks include:

  • Signature Talks - Focusing on their own particular area of interest, each of our History Guides will be giving in depth talks on a range of topics from Victorian Interiors to Local traditions and everything in between.
  • Life in the Castle – A very special talk for the younger family members will see our guides take visitors though what life was like for Victorian children. This talk includes some interesting props that will keep you talking!
  • Mindfulness Walks – Join a guided walk through the Kylemore Woodland. Listen to the streams, the wind through the trees, breath in the cool, fresh air, and for a brief period allow yourself become enveloped in nature as you embrace a slower pace of life.

Group & Private Tours

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Group Tours

Groups can book a private tour of the Abbey or the Abbey and Gothic Church, during normal opening hours. An additional charge applies for private tours.
Please contact us for details and to make a group booking.

Contact bookings@kylemoreabbey.com
Please note group tours depend on guide availability.

Private Tours

Groups are invited to pre-book a private tour of the garden, at any time of the year, during normal opening hours. Advance booking is essential to ensure guide availability.
Please contact us for details and to make a group booking.
Contact bookings@kylemoretabbey.com