Kylemore Abbey, Kylemore Lough

Kylemore Abbey, Kylemore Lough, West of Ireland


This evening, the focus of my post is Kylemore Abbey, on the shores of Kylemore Lough, Connemara in the West of Ireland.

This Gothic Revival fantasy mansion was built by a wealthy Manchester (England) business tycoon, Mitchell Henry (1826-1911) as a present for his wife. In association with the building project, the Henrys undertook considerable work on the local landscape entailing draining boggy hillsides and planting thousands of trees as windbreaks.

Upon the sudden death of both Mrs Henry and his daughter, Mitchell Henry lost interest in the property and sold it. Later, it became a refuge for nuns fleeing Ypres in Belgium during WW1 and subsequently an abbey. The building is now home to a girls boarding and day school run by nuns.

Visitors have partial access comprising:

  • Grounds
  • Restaurant
  • Craft Shop which features earthenware pottery with a distinctive fuschia motif.
  • Victorian Walled Garden which includes double herbaceous borders, a nuttery and stream-side walk.

This site is worthy of inclusion in a tour of Ireland.

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