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Lovely architecture and gardens

This attraction is very popular with bus loads of tourists visiting the lovely buildings and... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
BrownDawn
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Benedictine monastery

A place of great natural beauty, Glenstal Abbey is a monastic community , where one can take time... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2016
Rory G
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Dublin, Ireland
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Built in 1830 in the style of a 12th century castle as an expansive family residence, with elaborate landscaping of trees and man-made lakes, Glenstal became a Bendictine abbey when the family moved to England in 1920. Today it includes a school of arts and crafts and a new church which houses a collection icons, silver and other treasures.
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Muroe Road, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This attraction is very popular with bus loads of tourists visiting the lovely buildings and gardens, there are plenty of photo opportunities and a gift shop, there are fantastic gardens and lovely shrubs and stately trees to grab your attention

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Reviewed 15 December 2016

A place of great natural beauty, Glenstal Abbey is a monastic community , where one can take time out to reflect , All services here, except Vespers are chanted in English, with some Latin hymns and antiphons. The Masst is celebrated in English, the ordinary...More

Thank Rory G
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We have stayed in the guest house several times over a 15 year period. We have joined in a silent meal with the monks, reviewed the beautiful collection of icons, witnessed the beautiful chanting at very early hours, sat in the "quiet room", and enjoyed...More

Thank DCJim
Reviewed 27 September 2016

So peaceful and tranquil, unfortunately it was under restoration so were unable to go in but had a lovely walk around the area. Beautiful gardens. Would adore to come back and stay there as there is guesthouse, hopefully that will happen as we now have...More

Thank Jane W
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a remarkable and unique place in Ireland and spent a wistful hour there recently. The Church is currently being renovated but the grounds are magical, especially the restored Walled Garden and a beautiful sense of serenity and calmness prevails at all times. Did...More

2  Thank FarranBoy62
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

I spent a night here in the beautiful guest house.The grounds are wonderful,lush gardens beautiful architecture,I even spotted a deer.My room was basic but comfortable. Great common area with food provided, comfy couches and plenty of books.Our dinner shared with the monks was a wonderful...More

Thank Gail H
Reviewed 15 June 2016

I visited Glenstal on a retreat in one of the private self-catering hermitages called a God Pod. The grounds of the abbey are a pleasant place for the public to walk or jog and the gardens are wonderful for some quiet time in addition to...More

Thank oldtimer43
Reviewed 22 January 2016

Park near the pitch and putt and walk through Glenstall to the far gate and back; 5km in total. Safe tarmac road that is good for walkers, runners and prams. Hi vis jackets and torches a requirement at the night. Pass through the fields, cows,...More

Thank Pathloser2015
Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

A very nice safe and peaceful place to go fo walk or run. A large variety of trees on view. Also has a nice gift shop with reasonably priced gifts if your of a mind to pick something up.

Thank DOD17
Reviewed 6 July 2015

We did a brief tour of the abbey and school and attended vespers and a concert by a visiting choir led by Noirin Ni Riain. It was amazing. A piece of the past just outside of Limerick. The abbey itself was a private home once...More

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