Kylemore Castle and Gardens, Connemara, Ireland

@JudyEv (185939)
Bunbury, Australia
January 14, 2020 4:02am CST
One of the more memorable places that we visited in Ireland in 2013 was Kylemore Abbey and Castle in Connemara, Co. Galway. The castle was built for Mitchell Henry as a private residence. Henry, a doctor from London, came from a family who were in the textile manufacturing industry in Manchester, England. Construction of the castle began in 1867. It took a workforce of 100 men four years to build. The main wall is two to three feet thick and there are 33 bedrooms (but only four bathrooms), ballroom, billiard room and various other rooms. There is also a Gothic cathedral and a family mausoleum. In 1909, the castle was sold to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester. In 1920, Irish Benedictine nuns purchased the Abbey castle after being forced to flee from Belgium during the First World War. They had been based in Ypres for several centuries but were bombed out during the War. The Abbey became a school for Catholic girls, both international and local. The school closed in 2010. A very interesting feature is the walled Victorian Gardens which cover six acres. A natural mountain stream divides the garden into two. It is built in bogland, the only walled garden so constructed. Half the garden is devoted to providing food for the kitchen while the other half is a pleasure garden complete with glasshouses (some restored) and gardeners' houses.
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@LadyDuck (261988)
• Switzerland
14 Jan
This is an impressive castle and the garden looks beautiful. It is interesting that a natural steam divides the garden in two sections.
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@cacay1 (49308)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
14 Jan
@LadyDuck, you're right, very impressive castle and it's surrounding clean and green.How nice to sit on the grasses .
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@LadyDuck (261988)
• Switzerland
14 Jan
@cacay1 I am pretty sure that walking and sitting on the grass is forbidden.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
We came across several of these walled gardens in various areas and I always found them very intriguing. One had been converted to a caravan park.
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@just4him (188489)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jan
Lots of history in this beautiful castle. I'm sure it was wonderful to tour it.
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@cacay1 (49308)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
14 Jan
@just4him, the seems so lonely despite it's amazing beauty. There might floating white lady there
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
These places are so different to what we have in Australia. I loved touring these sorts of places.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@cacay1 There could have easily been a ghost or two there.
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@WorDazza (13035)
• Manchester, England
14 Jan
It's certainly a beautiful building but a few more bathrooms wouldn't have gone amiss. Imagine the trek you'd have to find a bathroom in the middle of the night. I suppose that's probably why they had chamber pots in those days!
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
And if someone important came to stay, they'd bring their ruddy great entourage with them, all of whom who have to be fed and watered. I wonder if visitors brought their own chamber pots.
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@WorDazza (13035)
• Manchester, England
14 Jan
@JudyEv They do say that in days of yore if the reigning monarch didn't like a particular nobleman they would pay them an unexpected visit with their entire entourage. In such cases the 'host' would have to entertain them all at his own expense for as long the monarch decided to stay. It was an excellent way of bankrupting the disliked individual.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
@WorDazza I have 'friends' who have tried to do that!!!
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@m_audrey6788 (19789)
• Germany
14 Jan
Wow! What a wonderful place to see
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@cacay1 (49308)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
14 Jan
@m_audrey6788, yes so true , it's so wonderful.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
It was very impressive. The garden was lovely and was still being developed.
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• Germany
14 Jan
@JudyEv I`m sure you took a lot of pictures there. Thank you for sharing
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@xFiacre (10049)
• Ireland
14 Jan
@judyev I love Kylemore and have spent quite a few holidays in the area. It's lovely to visit but I only go off season since the coach loads of tourists make it a tad less peaceful. Nearby Connemara National Park, just beyond Letterfrack, has great walks up the mountain. Letterfrack also has a great place to eat on a blustery winter night complete with music.
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@Fleura (11158)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan
That sounds great. I have only been twice to the island of Ireland; once for a week of diving near Cork, and the second time for a weekend in Belfast when my partner was working there. We should definitiely have a family holiday there; I don't know why I haven't thought of that before!
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
We had a nice meal in a pub near there but Letterfrack isn't ringing any bells. I love the ruggedness of the Connemara area.
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@xFiacre (10049)
• Ireland
14 Jan
@JudyEv Letterfrack’s a tiny village with a few pubs just a mile or two from Kylemore. Very where in Connemara is beautiful, especially off the beaten track and in autumn.
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@msdivkar (4416)
• India
14 Jan
Interesting description of monumental castle of connemara including its pic. Nice to see you keep records of interesting places you visit.
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@cacay1 (49308)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
14 Jan
@msdivkar, it's also very impressive . How nice to your there.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
We take a lot of photos and I try to write up what we do and see each day.
@JESSY3236 (11244)
• United States
14 Jan
Pretty. I'm listening to a book where the main character goes to Ireland to hunt vampires.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
This could easily be vampire country. It was very rugged.
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@happylife1 (4466)
• Karachi, Pakistan
14 Jan
Nice detail about castle..... It is really impressive
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@cacay1 (49308)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
14 Jan
@happylife 1, yes right impressive and interesting castle .
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it @happylife1 @cacay1
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@cacay1 (49308)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
14 Jan
@JudyEv very much enjoyed and so thankful to you .
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@Dena91 (6239)
• United States
14 Jan
Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed them.
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@JohnRoberts (100761)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Jan
So green and like a fairy tale castle.
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@cacay1 (49308)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
14 Jan
That's a very interesting and historical castle and the story behind it.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it.
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@jobelbojel (13657)
• Philippines
14 Jan
This view is wonderful. I like to go there in the future.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
The whole area is very lovely.
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@jobelbojel (13657)
• Philippines
15 Jan
@JudyEv it is really very lovely.
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@JustBhem (70643)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jan
You are so lucky to be able to travel.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
Yes, we are. Very lucky indeed.
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@Fleura (11158)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan
A beautiful place! What has happened to it since 2010?
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
It's a popular tourist place and provides meals, tours and shopping opportunities.
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• United States
15 Jan
jest wow! thanks much fer the history 'n the pics 'f this masterpiece. i'm a tad shocked the nuns could 'fford such? 'twas certainly put to good use fer many years though. how i'd love to go wanderin' through that place! jest delightful that such's bein' well-maintained. that stream 'twas a blessin' fer certain back'n the day 'n now adds great beauty to the landscape.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jan
I couldn't find it this time but I think an Irish bishop bought it for the order. They must have thought all their Christmases had come at once but of course upkeep expenses would have been high.
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• United States
16 Jan
@JudyEv perhaps such 'twas a donation 'f sorts? with the 'ntent to be that school fer those young'uns 's well 's a place fer the nuns to reside? i cringe to think 'f the 'pkeep 'f such a wondrous place - 'nside 'n out.
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• United States
16 Jan
@JudyEv i found 't :) "The community officially purchased Kylemore Castle and the accompanying 10,000-acre estate on November 30, 1920, for a price of £45,000. " this article's loads 'f info. i stayed intrigued with learnin' more 'f the history, so thanks much fer this discussion! most fascination.
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@thelme55 (30302)
• Germany
14 Jan
Judy, you bring back a lot of memories that I have. My husband and I have visited those awesome places. The castle, Galway and more in Ireland. I hope I can go back there one day.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
All of Ireland is special. I hope we'll be able to make at least one more trip but it is a long flight.
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@thelme55 (30302)
• Germany
15 Jan
@JudyEv Yes, it is a long flight from Australia to Ireland. It is only 1hour and 15 from Düsseldorf Germany to Dublin, Ireland. My hubby and I went always with a car to Ireland and it takes also more than a day to reach our destination in Ireland.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
@thelme55 So you would put your car on a ferry? We took our motor-home to France a couple of times.
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@Tampa_girl7 (35975)
• United States
15 Jan
On my goodness . It is breathtaking.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jan
On the website, the castle is whiter and even more breathtaking. I don't know if it's been cleaned or if it's something on their photo software that allows them to make it really 'bounce'.
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@Tampa_girl7 (35975)
• United States
17 Jan
@JudyEv I'd love to visit it.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Jan
@Tampa_girl7 It is so unlike anything that we have in Australia.
@CarolDM (59006)
• Nashville, Tennessee
14 Jan
How beautiful and elegant. Would like to visit a castle.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
The first time I went to England, visiting a castle was top of my list of things I wanted to do.
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@CarolDM (59006)
• Nashville, Tennessee
15 Jan
@JudyEv In my dreams I will visit one I suppose.
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@Ronrybs (9934)
• London, England
14 Jan
I had a plan to cycle tour some of the castles of Ireland. Think that'll have to wait for illustrious Prime Minister to unveil his master Brexit plan!
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
I do hope you get to do that. By the time everything is sorted, you might be ten years older!
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@Ronrybs (9934)
• London, England
15 Jan
@JudyEv Yes, can't afford to hang about!
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• India
15 Jan
Looks so mesmerizing dear and huge
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
It's very imposing, that's for sure.
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