Founded for the Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I, the monastery was founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. The castle was a private estate until 1920 when the nuns purchased the castle and lands. The nuns opened an international boarding school and day school for local girls, which was forced to close in 2010.
Opened in 1883, the Renvyle House has hosted a number of famous people, such as Lady Gregory, Churchill, and W.B. Yeats. It became a meeting place for the poets and writers who aided in creating the new Irish Free State.
Connemara National Park
Established and opened to the public in 1980, the Connemara National Park is open year round and admission is free. Much of the land was originally part of the Kylemore Abbey estate. It is the home of a 18th century graveyard and 4,ooo year old megalithic court tombs. Connemara is one of six National Parks in Ireland.