Boyle Abbey was a Cistercian Monastery founded in the 12th century under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts. The Abbey was mutilated during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was used to accommodate a military garrison, and formed part of the estate of the King family.
The well preserved ruin exemplifies mediaeval Cistercian architecture and features elements of both Romanesque and early Gothic styles. A restored gatehouse of 16th/17th century houses a fascinating exhibition about the history of the Abbey.
Please note that there is restricted access for people with disabilities.