Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey


Immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating beauty of Kylemore Abbey on this day trip from Clifden.


Purchase entrance tickets to Kylemore Abbey and check ferry timings! If you’re looking for some tips on how to make the most of your summer break in Ireland with the Kylemore Abbey or the cruise, simply contact our front desk at 

9:00 AM - Scenic Drive and Visit Clifden 

Begin your day with a scenic drive along the N59 towards Kylemore Abbey. Stop at the charming town of Clifden for a coffee break and a chance to browse the local shops. Feel free to check in at our front desk at to gather any last-minute insights and recommendations.

10:30 AM - Arrival at Kylemore Abbey 

Upon reaching Kylemore Abbey, step back in time and be captivated by this magnificent Benedictine nunnery. Purchase your entrance tickets and embark on a self-guided tour of the restored Victorian rooms on the ground floor. Explore the Gothic Revival architecture and marvel at the intricate details and opulent furnishings. 

1:00 PM - Picnic Lunch in the Victorian Walled Gardens:  

Pack a delightful picnic lunch featuring fresh local produce from a Clifden market. Head to the enchanting Victorian Walled Gardens, a horticultural haven showcasing vibrant floral displays, exotic plants, and tranquil walkways. Find a picturesque spot amongst the lush greenery and enjoy your lunch surrounded by stunning scenery. 

2:00 PM - Exploring the Gardens and Mausoleum:  

Take a free guided tour of the Victorian Walled Gardens and learn about the fascinating history and horticultural techniques behind this impressive garden project. Afterwards, explore the neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Mitchell Henry family who built the abbey. 

3:30 PM - Optional Activities

Depending on your interests, you can choose from a variety of afternoon activities. Rent a traditional Irish currach (a small boat) and explore Kylemore Lake, enjoying the scenery from a different perspective. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll around the picturesque lake and admire the majestic backdrop of the Twelve Bens mountain range. 

5:00 PM - Return to Clifden:  

After a day filled with history, beauty, and exploration, head back to Clifden. Enjoy a relaxing evening at a traditional pub, savoring a hearty meal of local seafood or Irish classics. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and enjoy a performance of traditional Irish music before returning to Abbeyglen! 

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