Glenstal Abbey was built in the 1830s for the Barrington family. It was designed as a castle in 12th century style. It has a great gate and a massive drum tower that resembles the one at Windsor Castle.
The Barringtons moved to England in the 1920s and in 1927 sold the castle and lands to the Benedictine Order. It became an abbey in 1957.
Visitors can walk the Front and Back avenues at their leisure. The lands have a wide variety of specimen trees and flowers and are a wildlife sanctuary. Part of the remains of Ireland’s primitive oak forest lies along the edge of the Front avenue. Please note that the school buildings and playing fields are not normally open to the public.
A Reception area is located on the right hand side of the entrance arch. Washroom facilities are provided; regretably teas and coffees are not available. There is a shop with a wide range of books and gifts and it is generally open daily from 10.00am until 5.00pm.
Church: You are especially welcome to join the Community at times of prayer and for Mass though you may visit the Church at any time.
For times of services in the Abbey Church click here.
Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, County Limerick