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Boyle Abbey

Step back into Ireland’s monastic past

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Boyle Abbey

Step back into Ireland’s monastic past

See all opening times


Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

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Co. Roscommon
F52 XE16

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Boyle Abbey

This Cistercian monastery was founded in the twelfth century by monks from Mellifont Abbey under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts. It was one of the most powerful of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland and among the foremost in Connacht.

Cromwellian forces wreaked devastation when they occupied the abbey in 1659. It was further mutilated during the following centuries, when it was used to accommodate a military garrison. Despite all the violence it has suffered over the centuries, Boyle Abbey is well preserved and retains its ability to impress.

A sixteenth/seventeenth-century gatehouse has been restored and turned into an interpretive centre, where you can learn more about the abbey’s gripping history.

Opening Times

24 March – 21 September 2022

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last admission 17:15.



Co. Roscommon
F52 XE16

071 9662604

Getting Here

Located in Boyle town, off the N4 (Dublin-Sligo Road)

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  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


  • Limited Access
  • Uneven walkways

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Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Boyle Abbey. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Boyle Abbey.

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