Museums of Mayo - museums to visit in County Mayo

Ballintubber Abbey

Ballintubber, County Mayo, Ireland


About seven miles south of Castlebar (the county town of Mayo), lies a village called Ballintubber.

Ballintubber's history goes back to pre-Christian times, people came from the east through Ballintubber on their way to the holy mountain on the west coast - now called Croagh Patrick.

When St Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in c.441AD, he founded a church at Ballintubber. The present Abbey was founded in 1216 by King Cathal O'Conor.

It is the only church in Ireland still in daily use that was founded by an Irish king.

Visit Ballintubber and enjoy

  • Historic Ballintubber Abbey
  • The Celtic Furrow Visitor Centre
  • The Ballintubber Abbey Retreat Experience
  • The Tóchar Phádraig

Other things to see and do

  • Mary Moran's Thatched Cottage Café
  • The Scioból Cultural Centre
  • Walking
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Historical Sites
  • Traditional Cuisine
  • Golfing
  • Set-Dancing
  • Ceol
  • Céilí

Ballintubber Abbey Opening Hours

  • Open Daily 9am - 12 midnight
  • Guided Tours May - Sept 10am - 6pm
  • Off Peak by appointment
  • Winter Programme