Boyle Abbey
Boyle Abbey
4.5
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  • Michael N
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super Abbey, amazing staff.
    Thomas was fantastic in starting off our exploration of the Abbey. Full of knowledge and very friendly, gave an extensive history of the site which was very interesting. The Abbey itself was amazing, very well kept and a prime example of a Cistercian Abbey. Would highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Ярослав К
    Odesa, Ukraine3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing abbey
    What a scenic site in amazing condition! Must stop destination if you are into history. Staff is very friendly and helpful, special thanks to Thomas who gave us deep description of place and told us it’s history
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Leyla N
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Abbey and well kept!
    The abbey was amazing and the tour guide Thomas was so helpful explaining the history of the place. One of the best places I have been too and Thomas made the experience even better. Worth the value and worth going again!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Coco1003
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Window into 12th century Ireland
    Well preserved 12th century Cistercian abbey with many interesting features, such as stone carvings on columns. Thomas from OPW provided a fantastic overview of the history of the abbey and drew our attention to the most interesting areas of the abbey. Very affordable for all budgets, plan 60-90 minutes at least. On street parking. Toilets are available. No cafe on site but Boyle is a 5 min walk away. Suitable for all ages, plenty of space for kids to roam - not sure about accessibility. Highly recommend!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Caroline C
    Portlaoise, Ireland34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved historic abbey
    Very well preserved abbey wuth elaborate glass wall to show off the inner arches. Our guide John was a mind of information on the history of the site and very friendly and welcoming. Well worth a visit
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 March 2024
  • gary
    Longford, Ireland36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see in Boyle
    This is an incredible place to visit in the Boyle area, especially if you have an interest in Irish history. I had an onsite member of staff briefly explain the history of the building to me on the way in, which was very helpful. Highly recommend this for anyone visiting the region.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 May 2024
  • Coastal33708185799
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insightful visit
    Lots of history surrounding the Abbey, well preserved and an interesting visit for sure. Thomas, our guide, gave an intriguing introductory talk which contextualised the beginnings of the Abbey. He was very knowledgeable and is clearly passionate about history. Definitely recommend.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 May 2024
  • Nick E
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit, abbey remains well preserved
    It was a bright summers' day, and a great place to visit. The guide gave a very informative background history of the abbey, which made the visit so much more interesting. The ruined abbey is well preserved, and the grounds tidy and well maintained. Most of the site is wheelchair accessible. Plenty of car parking nearby, though it is across the road from the entrance to the abbey. A must to visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2024
  • Kevin M
    56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make Sure You Visit If In Boyle
    There's a lot of history in this abbey. Try and go on a sunny day to get the best views. Love the gargoyles. They sometimes have concerts on here. You get the odd free day too. It must have been impressive before the damage done over time. The Irish chieftains defeated the English in the Curlew mountains and the survivors took refuge here. My name is Mulrennan and a Mulrennan was a chief abbot in medieval times. Combine with a nice walk round the back of st Joseph's and abbey town.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 July 2024
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Dana P
Franklin, KY40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Thomas was very knowledgeable and friendly. He gave suggestions for other places off the beaten path. We are touring Ireland on our own and we love history. This is a great stop that’s out of the way, FREE, and very well preserved and displayed. You can stop at the front and get a brief history (hopefully from Thomas) and take a self guided tour around the grounds. Lovely setting and amazing architecture!
Written 4 October 2021
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A substantial ruin, an abbey which was converted into a castle during the Plantation of Munster by the King family, who were sent by the British monarch. The family abandoned the castle during peaceful times, moving to a new home which was King House in around 1720.

The Abbey nave has been protected by a covered area. This is because there are Medieval pillars with elaborate finials, each one unique with different carved motifs.

Parking is on the road adjacent to the Abbey and there are toilets.
Written 1 September 2022
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2020vision
Dundonald, Belfast.4,927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Because of Covid restrictions access is limited and there are no guided tours , entry is free for now .
The Guide at the entrance gave us a potted history and a few things of particular interest to look out for ( with masks being worn and socially distanced ) .
This is a stunning building , still very beautiful . Definitely a must see when you're visiting Boyle .
Written 24 July 2021
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Heather A
Belfast, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
If you are in the area a must visit is Boyle Abbey. Thomas at Boyle Abbey is most knowledgable and patient in his explaining the history of the site and adds a lot to your experience.
A special mention of the toilet facilities at the Abbey which are maintained to the highest of standards , thanks to Mary , I believe.
Near by King House is also well worth a visit.
Ron and Heather , Belfast
Written 17 August 2022
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gary
Longford, Ireland36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is an incredible place to visit in the Boyle area, especially if you have an interest in Irish history. I had an onsite member of staff briefly explain the history of the building to me on the way in, which was very helpful. Highly recommend this for anyone visiting the region.
Written 20 May 2024
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mct1
Wexford, Ireland24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Having visited other ruined abbeys throughout Ireland we had no particular expectations of Boyle other than to pass an interesting hour before going on to see King House. Wrong! We arrived shortly after it opened and had the most informative, interesting and detailed personal tour from our very knowledgable guide Thomas. Seriously, do not omit a guided tour if you visit Boyle Abbey - ours gave us a real feel for the day to day life of the place throughout its changing history. Then do go on to King House via their lively cafe (it was market day) for another excellent tour.
Written 12 September 2022
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Gearóid
County Meath, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Visited Boyle Abbey last month just when the restrictions lifted on our way to Donegal. All Covid restrictions seemed to be in place and I was also happy to see all signage in both English & as Gaeilge.

The Guide on site (Thomas, I think) told us about the history of the site (at a distance!) and explained what we should look out for on our ramble around.

Well done also to the OPW & the State for the great preservation of the site!
Written 4 July 2021
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Coco1003
Sterling, MA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Well preserved 12th century Cistercian abbey with many interesting features, such as stone carvings on columns. Thomas from OPW provided a fantastic overview of the history of the abbey and drew our attention to the most interesting areas of the abbey. Very affordable for all budgets, plan 60-90 minutes at least. On street parking. Toilets are available. No cafe on site but Boyle is a 5 min walk away. Suitable for all ages, plenty of space for kids to roam - not sure about accessibility. Highly recommend!
Written 19 September 2023
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Caroline C
Portlaoise, Ireland34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very well preserved abbey wuth elaborate glass wall to show off the inner arches. Our guide John was a mind of information on the history of the site and very friendly and welcoming. Well worth a visit
Written 31 March 2024
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Jim S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We had such an amazing tour of Boyle Abbey with our lovely tour guide Thomas! He was so knowledgeable and gave us all of the interesting history on the Abbey dating back to the 12th century - definitely worth the tour if you have the opportunity! Thanks for sharing all your wisdom with us Thomas!
Written 17 April 2023
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