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Glenstal Abbey - Things to Know Before Visiting

Garranbane, Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick, Ireland


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About Glenstal Abbey

Glenstal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery of the Congregation of the Annunciation located in Murroe, County Limerick. It is dedicated to Saint Joseph and Saint Columba. The abbey is located in and beside Glenstal Castle, a Normanesque castle built by the Barrington family. The picturesque grounds include lakes, forests and an old walled, terraced garden which features a "bible garden".

Attractions Near Glenstal Abbey

Slieve Felim Way
Slieve Felim Way1.32km from Glenstal Abbey

The Slieve Felim way is a long-distance trail through the Slieve Felim Mountains in Ireland. It is 43 kilometres long and begins in Murroe, County Limerick and ends in Silvermines, County Tipperary. It is typically completed in two days. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Shannon Development and Coillte

Mountshannon House
Mountshannon House9.11km from Glenstal Abbey

Mountshannon House was a large mansion in Lisnagry, near Castleconnell, County Limerick, built in the mid-18th century. Erected on a 900 acre estate of the best of arable land. At the time half of the domain was covered in trees. The estate and house were serviced from the working area where there was quite a number of buildings including servants' quarters, stewards houses, stables, coach houses, laundry, its own gas making and so more.

The Living Bridge
The Living Bridge12.45km from Glenstal Abbey

A beautiful pedestrian bridge across the River Shannon linking the University of Limerick’s premises in County Limerick and County Clare. The bridge was designed by Arup Engineers & Wilkinson Eyre Architects to provide social and cultural space to encourage pedestrians to rest a while as they cross along the gently curved structure. At this point on the Shannon it is wide and shallow with many wooded islands which provide varied views and support for the piers.

Keeper Hill
Keeper Hill12.88km from Glenstal Abbey

Keeper Hill is situated in the Slieve Felim mountain range in North Tipperary, just 15km east of Limerick City. The mountain is about 15 km east of Limerick City. Keeper Hill is the highest mountain in the Silvermines and the 58th highest in Ireland. There is a stone circle in Bauraglanna townland on the northeastern slopes, known as Firbrega. There is a looped walk around the lower shoulders of Keeper Hill, to which the ‘hardy’ walker can add the ‘trek’ to the summit.

Thomond Bridge
Thomond Bridge16.14km from Glenstal Abbey

Thomond Bridge, was built near a fording point. It was the scene of a failed defending of the city during the Siege of Limerick. It connected the old walled city of Limerick with County Clare via Thomondgate. The modern bridge was erected in 1840 replacing a bridge from the 14th century.

Lough Gur Visitor Centre
Lough Gur Visitor Centre17.77km from Glenstal Abbey

Lough Gur Visitor Centre will allow the whole family to discover over 6,000 years of history at Lough Gur, using audiovisual presentations, artefacts, interactive touch screens, and more. A great variety of wildlife can also be found in the area, including loads of waterfowl, such as ducks, geese, swans, coots and more. Birds of Prey including Barn owls and Kestrels can also be seen, plus a variety of waders, gulls and lots of songbirds.

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Discover More Attractions in Limerick, Where Glenstal Abbey Is Located

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County Limerick is a county in Ireland. It is located in the province of Munster, and is also part of the Mid-West Region.Limerick city is boisterously urban in contrast and has enough historic and cultural attractions for a day's diversion. About 15km south of the city are the haunting archaeological sites around Lough Gur, while about the same distance southwest of the city is the cute thatched village of Adare.