Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Gardens were built in 1868 as the family home of Mitchell Henry and his wife Margaret Vaughan Henry. Mitchell built it as a token of his love for Margaret. The house was sold in 1903 to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester. Upon the death of the Duchess’s father the two lost the house as it was too expensive to maintain. In 1920 the Benedictine Nuns took over the property and are still there today. Through the years the Nuns have operated an international girls boarding school which was closed in 2010. Nevertheless, the Nuns maintain a close relationship with Notre Dame University of Indiana USA and has become one of their Global Gateways for learning and social exchange.
We were lucky enough to enjoy this wonderful piece of history when we visited Ireland. We hope you enjoy this video of our tour there.