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Ballintubber Abbey, County Mayo

Ballintubber Abbey
4.5
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09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
About
“The Abbey that refused to die” Founded in 1216 by Cathal Crovderg O’Connor, King of Connaught. Among the medieval religious foundations whose ruins dot the Irish countryside, the Abbey is unique. This remarkable Abbey is the only church in Ireland where, for 800 years, Mass has been offered without a break. Experience for yourself the story of “the Abbey that refused to die”. Our Tour Guides will take you through the stories of Cromwellian burnings, suppression and notorious priest hunter, Sean na Sagart, and in their absence a video is available in the Gift Shop. Spend some time to savour the atmosphere the grounds, also a great place for children to explore. Ballintubber Abbey has also become a popular wedding venue for couples seeking a distinctive and historic setting. Find out more about attractions linked to the Abbey on your visit, including the Tóchar Phádraig, Church Island and the Celtic Furrow. (Please note, additional attractions currently remain closed due to Covid-19)
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Gena S
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May 2022 • Couples
This place was amazing and so very peaceful!! We will definitely come back someday!! Can not wait to tell our friends about our experience.
Written 13 May 2022
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Kathleen V
Portland, Oregon179 contributions
Apr 2022
I've visited here many times. There's so much more to just roaming The Abbey & grounds. I learn something new every time. Our guide, Muriel, made stories come alive, full of history, mystery and intrigue---all with a bit of humor. Although not Catholic, I'm fascinated by the Stations of the Cross depicted in rough and raw stones. We were there on a horrifically windy day and still enjoyed the outdoor tour. Be sure to take time to roam the cemetery!
Written 20 April 2022
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Stephen P
6 contributions
Nov 2021
A wonderful place of prayer, ancient and peaceful. Extraordinary to know that Mass was said here all through the Reformation!
It has a beautiful abbey church, stunning windows, and the ruins of the old cloisters are a a delight , as are the well kept gardens and grounds. Speak to Pauline in the shop. She's very entertaining and fab guide!
If you enjoy ancient history, you'll love this place
Written 22 November 2021
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Thank you for your review, we're delighted you enjoyed your visit!
Written 30 November 2021
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Alan H
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Nov 2021 • Couples
Amazing survival with mostly original features. We were lucky to be shown round by Pauline who knew everything about it's history. Don't miss it.
Written 11 November 2021
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Thanks for your review, Alan. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and learning about our amazing history!
Written 18 November 2021
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Michael C
Galway, Ireland6 contributions
Oct 2021
A great place to visit on the way north or south on your travels. We met a lovely guide named Pauline who answered any questions we had about the Abbey. She also showed us a 20min video about the history of the Abbey and the surrounding area which was very informative.
The entry is free but there is a small gift shop on site where you can also leave a donation if you wish. I will be back again to take a further look around the grounds it is well worth a visit with plenty of free parking nearby.
Written 11 October 2021
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Thank you for your wonderful review, Michael. Pauline was delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, you are welcome back anytime!
Written 3 November 2021
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aldernodules
Coleraine, UK76 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
It is always surprising to find a gem in a non central location. Some of this extensive abbey was constructed in the 1200s, with various additions since, and yet it is in a rural area only reached by minor roads. It is in a very good state, and has cloisters and partial ruins lying round about. Well kept grounds and graveyard.
Written 25 July 2021
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Thank you for your kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written 11 August 2021
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Nephinlodge
Listowel, Ireland81 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Ballintubber is still as beautiful as the first time I saw it. And was so blown away by it, I got married in it. Being back again is wonderful and it is still a magnificent church. It seems they are building for the future, and I wish them the very best, please support if you are visiting.
Written 14 August 2020
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The Abbey is a special place to get married. We are glad you came back and felt the same way about it!
Written 11 August 2021
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Dublintraveller051
Dublin, Ireland59 contributions
Jan 2020
This has to be one of the places worldwide to get married. About 800 years ago they had the first marriage - and there've been a few more in the intervening years.
The place has a character , a solemnity, a peacefulness which brings a certain magic to proceedings. You have a feeling of following in the footsteps of many before you - both to be there - abut also specifically those who witnessed family and loved ones being married in the same place.
Written 7 January 2020
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Lovely thank you for the wonderful review.
Written 8 January 2020
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9Richard1236
Elstree, UK77 contributions
Dec 2019
We visited on a wet Tuesday in December and had the place to ourselves. However the welcome from the staff was genuine and they made our visit so worthwhile, showing us first a video of the history of the abbey, then the small museum and the church itself. Lovely grounds too if weather better.
Written 22 December 2019
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So glad you enjoyed your visit to our beautiful Abbey.
Written 23 December 2019
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a popular place for weddings, so go early if you want to avoid crowds. The morning lights is very good for photography in this place. For those more religious, there are some caves and sites to visit around the abbey.
Written 29 October 2019
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Thank you. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Abbey.
Written 31 October 2019
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