Boyle Abbey is one of the most impressive Cistercian monasteries in Roscommon County. Incredibly well preserved, it was built in the 12th century by the MacDermott family, and remains one of the most beautiful abbeys in Ireland. If you ever pass through County Roscommon, Boyle Abbey is truly the place to visit in the region!
Boyle Abbey is currently undergoing renovation work, which has the advantage of giving you free entry to the monastery. (Outside the period of work, the entrance costs 2,10€ per person).
Guided tours are then included in the program, and you will discover the history of the Abbey through a beautiful exhibition inside the walls of the Abbey.
You will learn about the history of its founders, the MacDermotts, the family who ruled County Roscommon at the time. You will also discover its military past, when the abbey was converted from the 17th to the 18th century into a place of accommodation for military garrisons.
Dive into the heart of the Cistercian past of County Roscommon!
Your guide will then show you more about the building by introducing you to its architecture, its former gardens, and its walls pierced with arches and impressive vaults. Don’t hesitate to wander through its corridors, touch its stones, and admire the finesse of this medieval architecture: you won’t be disappointed!
It must be said that the abbey is full of a charm that you will not find anywhere else. The perfectly preserved state of the building allows you to plunge into the heart of Ireland’s medieval and religious past.
The guide will lead you through a large open corridor, surrounded by imposing stone columns. This alley will allow you to cross Boyle Abbey from one side to the other, leading you to the ruined main tower that guards the entrance of the monastery.
Duration: 45 minutes