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Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is the ideal destination for a day out in majestic Connemara at any time of year. Located just over an hour’s drive from Galway City, a visit to Kylemore will rank as an unforgettable memory.

The Victorian Walled Garden at Kylemore was created along with the Abbey in the late 1860’s one of the last great gardens of the period.

Originally the Gardens held 21 heated glass houses producing all kinds of exotic fruit and vegetables and were laid out in lavish style. Over the years as the Abbey changed hands the gardens gradually fell into decline until eventually the walls stood guard over nothing more than brambles and weeds. Today however the splendour of the gardens has returned. Restored and opened to the public in the year 2000, the Walled Gardens at Kylemore are a must see on any visit to Connemara. Two glass houses have been put back in place, along with the Head Gardeners house and the workers Bothy. Stroll through the beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, fern walk, tree nursery and elegant herbaceous border.

The Walled Garden’s location deep in the Kylemore woods and overlooking Connemara National Park is a stunning one and the Garden has a unique beauty at all times of the year. As Kylemore is a Heritage garden all seed varieties used date back to the 1800’s thus helping to the preserve the precious Victorian plant varieties which have a charm unique to their era. The Garden’s continuing development is overseen with great passion by the Head gardener, Anja Gohlke and her dedicated team. You can find out more about the Walled Garden and follow Anja via her monthly Garden Diary at www.kylemoreabbey.com

Just outside the walls of the Garden is the Garden Tea House, the perfect destination for a light lunch or a delicious afternoon tea. Home baking is our speciality and you can also enjoy delicious herbal teas freshly made with herbs from the Walled Garden.

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