The monks of Glenstal Abbey welcome groups who wish to visit the monastery and spend some time getting to know our place, our tradition and our life.
Typically groups arrive in time for the community mass with Gregorian Chant in Latin which is celebrated each weekday at 12.10pm, and on Sundays at 10.00am. This is followed either by lunch or tea/coffee and scones.
The tour begins with a brief introduction to monastic life and its beginnings at Glenstal in 1927. The Abbey buildings include a Norman Revivalist castle, which is now home to the Abbey School. After a brief visit to the castle, you will be led through the Abbey grounds, which contain a great variety of trees and flowers. A favourite of many visitors is the seventeenth century Italian-style terraced walled garden, laid out between 1679 and 1681. The tour concludes with a visit to the crypt of the church which houses a Russo-Byzantine chapel, which houses our collection of Russian and Greek Icons.
There will also be the opportunity to visit the Abbey Gift Shop which has a large selection of religious goods and books, recordings by the Monks of Glenstal and our famous Glenstal Abbey Liqueur Truffles.
Cost and Donations
Our hospitality department operates on a donation basis and the suggested donation for an organised tour is €15 per person which includes tea/coffee and homemade scones.
Lunch can be arranged for visiting groups and costs €15 per person.
Tailor-made for you
We are happy to assist you in devising a day tailored to the specific needs of your group. Some groups like to have a spiritual talk by a member of the community or an opportunity to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
For more details about what we can offer or to make a booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 061 621005