A new element to the visitor experience at Kylemore Abbey and Gardens has been officially opened by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross.
The new addition to the visitors centre was made possible with a €1.7m grant from Fáilte Ireland, under its Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects 2016-2020 initiative.
From Generation to Generation… The Story of Kylemore Abbey is a new multimedia presentation taking visitors on a journey through history, connecting tales of romance, innovation, politics, tragedy, and spirituality. This presentation includes historical footage, archive photographs and artefacts, and speaking portraits.
As part of the investment, the Abbey’s interior was redeveloped with a large new wing of four authentically refurbished rooms for visitors to discover.
The landscape surrounding the Abbey has also been reconditioned to match the interior and to ensure access for those with reduced mobility.
Speaking ahead of the official opening in Connemara, Minister Ross said: “Connemara, with its beautiful natural landscape, provides an inspiring backdrop to the development that has taken place at this already iconic and much-loved attraction – allowing visitors to experience a taste of life in early 20th century west of Ireland.”
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, said: “The iconic tourist attraction welcomed 300,000 visitors last year and this new development will not just consolidate those numbers but also raise awareness of Ireland as a destination.”