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Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey)

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Address: The Quay, Donegal Town, Ireland
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The ruins of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1474.

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Really interesting old ruins and can't beat the price (free!) I liked this better than the castle, if you have to choose one stop.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 August 2016
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Regina, Canada
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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Really interesting old ruins and can't beat the price (free!) I liked this better than the castle, if you have to choose one stop.

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Ennis, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit with pretty views. Took a few pictures and read the headstones of folk that have passed to their eternal rest. Lovely place to visit.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

You can discern the outlines of the abbey but other than the impressive vista over the water there is little to see, budget about 30 minutes for your visit

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

The ruins of the Abbey and graveyard are easy to get to and interesting. We visited late one summer's afternoon and enjoyed the tranquility and setting. Signage is very good and reminds one that there has been such upheaval across the lands for so many centuries.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

We parked in public carpark and walked to graveyard. Old ruins which are stunning to look at. Its basically a graveyard overlooking Lough Eske. Nice and tranquil with loads of history attached

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

We enjoyed walking around here, even though it was raining quite hard. Good signage and nice access to the various parts of the Abbey. If you make it to the Tourist Info Center you can stroll down here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Just on the outskirts of Donegal town, easy assess. Well worth the visit, check out the grave yard. See if you can locate the burial sight of four monks from 14th century.

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Conveniently situated by the Main Town Car Park beside the River Eske and the Water Taxi and close to the Tourist information Centre these Abbey Ruins date back to 1632 originally created by Franciscan Monks and led by brother Michael T. O'Cleary. Now in ruins there is a large Graveyard with burials dating back to the 17th.Century with many interesting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Remains of a once magnificent Abbey with a graveyard encircling the site. A serene place for a stroll near the water and to catch the afternoon/evening sun.

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Rye, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

You need a good imagination to envision what the Abby would have looked like hundreds of years ago. However, the posted maps and information help to re-create the site, and the gravestones tell stories of their own. The setting on the water is quite picturesque, and there is no admission charge, so you can enjoy a low-keyed visit.

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