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Built in 1830 in the style of a 12th century castle as an expansive family residence, with elaborate landscaping of trees and man-made lakes, Glenstal became a Bendictine abbey when the family moved to England in 1920. Today it includes a school of...more
What a privilege to stay at the abbey’s guesthouse.
A most beautiful setting for retreating & contemplation.
All the while being looked after superbly by Brother Christopher and his fellow monks.
I look forward to hopefully returning.
This attraction is very popular with bus loads of tourists visiting the lovely buildings and gardens, there are plenty of photo opportunities and a gift shop, there are fantastic gardens and lovely shrubs and stately trees to grab your attention
A place of great natural beauty, Glenstal Abbey is a monastic community , where one can take time out to reflect , All services here, except Vespers are chanted in English, with some Latin hymns and antiphons. The Masst is celebrated in English, the ordinary...More
We have stayed in the guest house several times over a 15 year period. We have joined in a silent meal with the monks, reviewed the beautiful collection of icons, witnessed the beautiful chanting at very early hours, sat in the "quiet room", and enjoyed...More
So peaceful and tranquil, unfortunately it was under restoration so were unable to go in but had a lovely walk around the area. Beautiful gardens. Would adore to come back and stay there as there is guesthouse, hopefully that will happen as we now have...More
This is a remarkable and unique place in Ireland and spent a wistful hour there recently.
The Church is currently being renovated but the grounds are magical, especially the restored Walled Garden and a beautiful sense of serenity and calmness prevails at all times.
I spent a night here in the beautiful guest house.The grounds are wonderful,lush gardens beautiful architecture,I even spotted a deer.My room was basic but comfortable. Great common area with food provided, comfy couches and plenty of books.Our dinner shared with the monks was a wonderful...More
I visited Glenstal on a retreat in one of the private self-catering hermitages called a God Pod. The grounds of the abbey are a pleasant place for the public to walk or jog and the gardens are wonderful for some quiet time in addition to...More
Park near the pitch and putt and walk through Glenstall to the far gate and back; 5km in total. Safe tarmac road that is good for walkers, runners and prams. Hi vis jackets and torches a requirement at the night. Pass through the fields, cows,...More