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Why Is Kylemore Abbey Famous?

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Why Is Kylemore Abbey Famous?
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara County Galway

Why Is Kylemore Abbey Famous?

Why Is Kylemore Abbey Famous? – Kylemore Castle is most famous for having housed a monastery for Benedictine nuns since 1920..  Dating back to the early 1800”s   the historic building and its grounds are now among Connemara’s biggest tourist attractions.

It was a private family home before becoming the first of many Irish Benedictine Abbeys,

Where is Kylemore Abbey?

Kylemore Abbey (Irish: Mainistir na Coille Móire) is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

When was Kylemore Abbey built?

Construction started in 1867, and took the total of one hundred men and four years to complete. The castle covered approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) with more thanseventy rooms with a principal wall that was two to three feet thick.

Does anyone live in Kylemore Abbey

The Abbey has a community of nuns, who have resided here since 1920, have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years. Kylemore Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys.

How many nuns are in Kylemore Abbey?

Kylemore Abbey is able to cater for and facilitate up to 40 nuns, with en-suite bedrooms, day rooms, chapel, and monastic choir. There are also facilites for guests.

Who owns Kylemore Abbey now?

Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery and iconic visitor attraction in Connemara, owned and managed by The Kylemore Trust. – source: –

Is Kylemore Abbey worth visiting?

Yes, Kylemore Abbey is very well preserved museum and there is a very cool “secret love story” about the owner who built it for his wife.

Can u stay in Kylemore Abbey?

The Kylemore Abbey Global Centre features 16 en suite bedrooms, which can cater to student or professional groups. Twelve of these bedrooms can accommodate triple occupancy, with one set of murphy-style bunk beds and one queen-sized sofa bed.

How long is the Kylemore Abbey Tour?

Set in a dramatic landscape, Kylemore is an ideal destination for a day out. From its beginnings as a romantic gift in the 1860s to becoming home to the Benedictine Nuns in 1920, Kylemore is steeped in history and tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives, model farms, royal visits, spirituality, and education. Experience the Victorian atmosphere of the restored rooms of the Abbey and neo-Gothic church. Explore the magical Victorian Walled Garden, the new Kylemore Woodland’s Trails & Tales. History talks on the abbey terrace throughout the summer.

Dine in the Kylemore Kitchen Cafe or the Garden Tea House or treat yourself to homemade luxury icecream. Explore our magical Fairy Village and say hello to our Connemara Ponies and pet rare breed pigs. Shop for unique handcrafted gifts including chocolate, pottery, and beauty products handmade on site. So much to see, do, and discover!

Suggested duration

More than 3 hours

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Last updated May 29, 2023


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