Kylemore Abbey

sights / Architecture

Kylemore Abbey information

Location
Letterfrack & Around , Ireland
Address
off N59
More information
www.kylemoreabbeytourism.ie
Prices
adult/child €12.50/free
Opening hours
9am-6.30pm Apr-Sep, 10am-4.30pm Oct-Mar
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Magnificently situated on the shores of a lake, this crenulated 19th-century neo-Gothic fantasy was built for a wealthy English businessman, Mitchell Henry, who spent his honeymoon in Connemara. His wife died tragically young.

Admission also covers the abbey's Victorian walled gardens . You can stroll around the lake and surrounding woods for free. Improvements are ongoing and there is a restaurant, shop and various guided hikes on offer.

Kylemore's tranquillity is shattered in high summer with the arrival of dozens of tour coaches per day, each one followed through the gates by an average of 50 cars (yes, over 2500 cars a day). It's 4.5km east of Letterfrack.