Holidays in Cong Abbey

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Cong Abbey which includes building ruins, heritage architecture and château or palace

Discover some of the finest examples of Ireland’s earliest architecture as you walk amid the ruins of this 12th-century Augustinian abbey.

Admire well-preserved ecclesiastical ruins while following in the footsteps of ancient monks at Cong Abbey. Established in 1120 as an abbey for the Order of St. Augustine, Cong Abbey sits on the site of a 7th-century monastery. At its peak, the abbey was home to a remarkable 3,000 cenobite monks. It was left to decay during the reign of Henry VIII and later brought back to its former splendor by Irish philanthropist Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness.

The abbey is celebrated for its showcase of early architecture. Stroll along the paths that weave around the cloisters, chapter house, church and lush gardens. Spot Gothic-style windows, Romanesque doorways and medieval arches. See arcades, colonnades, freestanding columns and intricately carved capitals.

Pause for a moment and think back to the time when thousands of monks roamed the abbey’s grounds. They came to study everything from engraving, masonry and woodcarving to history, poetry and music.

Stroll through the abbey’s graveyard, home to ancient burial chambers and tombstones. The relics of Rory O’Connor, the last High King of Ireland, were interred here in 1198 before being moved to the Clonmacnoise monastery in County Offaly.

Don’t miss the fishing house, constructed on stilts to let water from the River Cong pass directly beneath it. Look for a trapdoor in the floor, which allowed the monks to fish comfortably

The abbey is open daily and entry is free. Find it in the heart of Cong, an atmospheric village famous as a filming location for the 1952 movie The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne.

After leaving Cong Abbey, visit the village’s other attractions. Walk along the picturesque woodland trails of Ashford Castle. See a statue of John Wayne and his co-star Maureen O’Hara and learn more about the movie at the Quiet Man Cottage Museum. Experience the welcoming hospitality of the village’s traditional cafés and pubs.

127 Cheap Hotels Near Cong Abbey

Ryan's Hotel
Ryan's Hotel
2 out of 5
Main Street, Cong, County Mayo
The price is AU$139 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Situated in Cong, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Quiet Man Museum and Ashford Castle. Cong Abbey is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) away.
4.6/5 Exceptional! (95 reviews)
"The room was great, and it has a cozy little bar downstairs that many locals frequent so we found it simply amazing."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Ryan's Hotel
Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle
5 out of 5
Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
The price is AU$745 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
This family-friendly Cong hotel is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Cong Abbey and Ashford Castle. Quiet Man Museum is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.
4.9/5 Exceptional! (330 reviews)
"Ashford Castle was a dream!!! Absolutely beautiful inside and out!!! The grounds are immaculate, the food was delicious. We enjoyed our Afternoon tea, the spa was wonderful, and our Falconry Walk was both informative and a new experience that we very much enjoyed. Incredible service and attention ..."

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2021

Ashford Castle
Ryan's River Lodge B&B
Ryan's River Lodge B&B
3 out of 5
Riverview, Cong North, Co. Mayo, Cong
Situated in Cong, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Cong Abbey and Ashford Castle. Quiet Man Museum is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) away.
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"We loved seeing the flowing river right outside our window and Martha and her mother-in-law were both very nice! Very good breakfast too!"

Reviewed on 2 Nov. 2021

Ryan's River Lodge B&B
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Top Cong Abbey Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Ryan's Hotel
Ryan's Hotel
2 out of 5
Main Street, Cong, County Mayo
The price is AU$139 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Ryan's Hotel
Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle
5 out of 5
Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
The price is AU$745 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Ashford Castle
Ryan's River Lodge B&B
Ryan's River Lodge B&B
3 out of 5
Riverview, Cong North, Co. Mayo, Cong
Ryan's River Lodge B&B
Luxury renovated old Irish cottage
Luxury renovated old Irish cottage
Cong, County Mayo
Luxury renovated old Irish cottage
Ashford Haven
Ashford Haven
3 out of 5
Lackafinna,Cong, Cong, County Mayo
Ashford Haven
Lough Mask Road Fishing Lodge
Lough Mask Road Fishing Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Ballinchalla, Cong
Lough Mask Road Fishing Lodge
Coillmor
Coillmor
3.5 out of 5
Coillmor Finny, Cong
Coillmor
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
4 out of 5
The Quay, Cong, Mayo
The price is AU$365 per night from 17 Feb. to 18 Feb.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Michaeleen's Manor
Michaeleen's Manor
4 out of 5
Lisloughrey Quay, SN, Cong, County Mayo
Michaeleen's Manor
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.