As we dust the cobwebs off after the Christmas period & the New Year is upon us, we tend to set new goals & objectives on places we wish to see, some we may have seen already others we wish to tick off the bucket list in months to come.
Connemara falls into the bracket of places one should re-visit time & time again. The scenery, the ambiance & most importantly the people welcome you with open arms as they share their knowledge of the place they know so well.
The first point of interest I wish to share with you is of Kylemore Abbey, the first sight you catch of this glorious monastery glistening against the water will leave a lasting memory in your time spent in the Connemara region. The images you can capture on your smartphone or camera are those to treasure for years to come.
Learn of tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives and royal visits. It became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and has been renowned as a place of spirituality and education.
One of the main questions you may ask yourself is how do you get to see this breathtaking Landscape in Connemara, well let Citylink look after that for you.
We have services running daily from Galway City to Clifden & Letterfrack from as early as our 08:30 Hrs service to 17:30 Hrs in the evening if you wish to spend the night out in Connemara. Find attached our Galway-Clifden timetable to help you plan your trip at your convenience.
Victorian Walled Gardens at Kylemore Abbey Connemara
One mile west of the main Abbey building are the 6-acre Victorian Walled Gardens, built by Mitchell Henry at the same time as the construction of Kylemore Castle between 1867 and 1871.
This garden was one of the last walled gardens to be built during the Victorian period in Ireland and is the only garden in Ireland that is located in the middle of a bog. The garden was so advanced for the time that it was even compared with Kew Gardens in London.
Gothic Church at Kylemore Abbey Connemara
A very beautiful Gothic Church was built in the memory of Margaret Henry and is sometimes referred to as the Taj Mahal of Ireland. It was designed by James Franklin Fuller who also designed Ashford Castle. Work began on the church in 1877 but it was not completed until 1881.
If you have any questions about your trip to Kylemore Abbey, do not hesitate to give us a call in our Citylink office or pop into us & say hello on Forster Street.
Adults €13, seniors €10, students €9.00 and children under 10 accompanied are free.
Opening times: Open all year round. 7 days a week. Summer: mid-March to November, 09.30 – 17.30. (July & August 9.00 – 19.00). Winter: November to mid-March, 10.00 – 16.30.