Ireland Guide

- ireland -

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Garden

Restored formal garden and kitchen garden in romantic setting

Address:
Kylemore
Letterfrack
Co Galway
website Contact Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Tel: +353 95 41155

Please mention ireland-guide.com when enquiring.

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Opening Months: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Opening Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Admission Charge:
  • Appointment Only
  • Admission Charge

With a loughside setting under the wooded lee of the Twelve Bens in Connemara, Kylemore looks for all the world like a moody Victorian painting and the 19th century castle has a story to match. Built as a romantic indulgence by Liverpool merchant Mitchell Henry for his wife Margaret, the spell was broken when she died less than a decade later. The castle and ambitious demesne was then owned by the Duke of Manchester before the Irish Benedictine nuns returned from Ypres and opened a school there after World War I.

The 6 acre walled gardens, which originally took three years to complete, have now been restored with help from the Great Gardens Restoration Programme, the European Regional Development Fund and work by FAS. Photographs from the historic Lawrence Collection were used as reference. Planting with carpet bedding, cordyline palms and a ring of floral arches - shows how much fashions in gardening have changed.

The garden is divided in two with a stream and woodland garden and a double herbaceous border to shield the gentry in the formal garden from views of the vegetable garden. There were originally 18 glasshouses and a bothy house for the garden boys, who had to ensure the boilers remained lit, and the East Vinery has been restored.

With woodland walks, the dramatic backdrop of Diamond Hill, a miniature Gothic cathedral, a shop and museum, there is plenty for the family to see and do - not surprisingly, it can be very busy in summer.

 


Best time of year to visit:

Groups & Tours

  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups Need Appointments
  • Accept Only Groups
  • Guided Tours

Tour Days:



Tour Times

By appointment only

Additional

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden - Letterfrack Connemara County Galway Ireland
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden - Letterfrack Connemara County Galway Ireland
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden - Letterfrack Connemara County Galway Ireland
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden - Letterfrack Connemara County Galway Ireland
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden - Letterfrack Connemara County Galway Ireland
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden - Letterfrack Connemara County Galway Ireland
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden - Letterfrack Connemara County Galway Ireland
Minimize map Minimize map

Map markers

You are here
Distance
  • 10km
  • 25km
  • 50km

Directions

2 miles from Letterfrack, on the N59 from Galway.

Facilities / Features

View All Recommended Gardens

Trip Planning Tools

My Ireland Guide

Local Recommendations

Hospitality

Self Catering

Farmers Markets

Tourist Attractions

Golf Courses

Gardens

Nearby Towns/Areas

Comments

There are currently no comments

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment
Not a member? Register for your free membership now!
Or leave a comment by logging in with:
 

Facebook & Twitter Recent Activity

Apps and Books

  • Ireland Guide App - Nokia

    Nokia App

    Quickly and easily find all the very best places to eat, drink & stay (& much more) acro ...
    more...
  • Ireland for Food Lovers by Georgina Campbell

    IRELAND FOR FOOD LOVERS

    Everything the food lover in Ireland needs to know... Food tourism in Ireland entered an excit ...
    more...
  • Neven App for iCook

    iCook with Neven

    Join Neven Maguire in the kitchen with 60 of his favourite recipes - old & new - on his very ...
    more...