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.
Daily 10:00 – 18:00
Last admission 17:15.
- Guided tours
- Interpretive exhibit
- Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
- Limited Access
- Uneven walkways
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Walk in the footsteps of planters and Gaels
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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Ireland’s most impressive cluster of ancient stone tombs
Approx. 34.1 km from Boyle Abbey
Where friars’ prayers echo among the ruins
Approx. 34.9 km from Boyle Abbey