Impressive 12th Century Cistercian Monastery

A well preserved Cistercian Monastery founded in the 12th century. Though mutilated in the 17th & 18th centuries when it was used to accommodate a military garrison, Boyle Abbey retains its ability to impress visitors as one of the most formidable of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland. Some of the abbey’s structures are still intact.

It was built in a period of transition between two architectural movements and one of the arches is clearly in Romanesque style, and the other in Gothic. Parts of the abbey have been restored including the 16th-century gatehouse.

  • The abbey at Boyle in County Roscommon was established by Cistercian monks in 1161
  • Two architectural movements one of the arches is clearly in Romanesque style, and the other in Gothic
  • A restored gatehouse of 16th/17th century houses an exhibition

Open Daily March to September

Open Mar 26 to Sept 23: Daily 10:00-18:00

Last admission: 45 minutes before closing
Visit duration: approx. 1 hour


Admission Prices 2020:

Adult: €5.00
Senior (ages 65+): €4.00
Student (with valid ID): €3.00
Child: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

LANGUAGE: Self Guided Leaflet (English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Hungarian)

PARKING: Car and coach parking available close to site

ACCESSIBILITY: Restricted access for people with disabilities

GUIDED TOURS: Contact site for guided tour availability on the day

Getting There

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

Map Location: 53.973520, -8.297019
Contact Boyle Abbey

Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Eircode: F52 XE16
T: +353 (0)71 966 2604
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