Bring all the family to visit beautiful Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens situated in one of Ireland's most beautiful woodland estates.
Nestled in the heart of the Connemara countryside, Kylemore is visually stunning with a fascinating history.
Hop on their shuttle bus which will bring you to their Victorian Walled Garden where you can explore this wonderful 6 acre oasis. Children can enjoy discovering the Head Gardeners and Under Gardeners houses and burning off some energy on their woodland and lake shore walks. The Garden is one the country’s finest example of Mid Victorian Gardening with its formal flower beds, herbaceous border, parterre, vinery, fern walk and extensive vegetable and herb gardens.
Enjoy lunch in Mitchell’s Café or some home baked treats in the Garden Tea House. Colouring pages and books available to keep the little ones occupied - half portions and baby bowls also available.
Built by Mitchell Henry for his wife Margaret in 1868, Kylemore was a sumptuous home with all the innovations of the Victorian Age. Following a series of family tragedies the Henry’s left Kylemore and its next residents were the very glamorous Duke and Duchess of Manchester who lived here for seven years. The next people to make Kylemore their home were the Benedictine nuns who still live and work here today.
The nuns opened a prestigious girl’s school at Kylemore in 1922 which flourished until its closure in 2010, you can learn all about life at Kylemore Abbey School in our school room exhibition. Visitors can explore a number of restored rooms in the Abbey, as well as an audio visual presentation and fascinating history talks three times a day. Stroll our tree lined avenues to visit the beautiful neo-Gothic Church where international choirs perform lunch time concerts throughout the year. The Henry family Mausoleum lies a little further along the avenue in a sheltered spot in the woods. Children will love the opportunity to make a wish at the Ironing Stone, a massive Giant’s Wishing Stone located on the Eastern Avenue.
The Kylemore Estate is open 7 days a week, all year round
Seniors * Aged 65 and over. Students** aged 11 to 17 or over with valid ID card