Glenlo Abbey is the ancestral home of the Ffrench family, one of Galway’s famous ‘Tribes’. The current, five-bay, two-storey detached house with its grand entrance flight of steps was built in 1740 by the Ffrenches. In the 1980s the house and estate were sold to the Bourke family, who lovingly restored the house and converted it into a hotel. Today Glenlo Abbey offers guests magnificent accommodation and the experience of bygone Lordly living, surrounded by breathtaking Lake Corrib scenery. Encompassing wonderful open spaces, fine linens, towels & bathrobes, all accommodation and services are designed so that guests experience five star comfort & luxury throughout their stay. In the 1990s, two original carriages from the Orient Express were purchased and placed on the grounds of Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Dating from 1927 these carriages served on the Paris to Istanbul to St. Petersburg route. One of the pair was used in the filming of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Today serving as the Pullman Restaurant, the carriages offer guests a completely unique & memorable dining experience.
The 50 Bedrooms and Suites at Glenlo Abbey Hotel have been designed with an emphasis on general space and comfort, and afford unrivalled views of the dramatic West of Ireland landscape. Offering king size or twin beds, pillow top mattresses and luxurious down feather pillows, one is guaranteed a peaceful nights sleep.
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The Pullman Train Carriage – A Slice of History!:
The Pullman Restaurant on the grounds of Glenlo Abbey Hotel is one of Ireland’s truly unique dining experiences. The restaurant is comprised of two dining carriages, named Leona & Linda! Leona dates from 1927 and was part of the original Orient Express train service, which carried VIPs all over Europe and the UK during its life span. The legendary Sir Laurence Olivier and other great actors such as Sir John Gielgud, used the Orient Express train which included Leona, to bring them from London to Brighton during the great revival of Shakespeare Theatre and ultimately its recording on celluloid.
Leona made her final journey in 1965, when she was used as part of Winston Churchills funeral cortege. There are photos to show the late Statesman Sir Winston Churchills coffin being carried aboard the train at Waterloo Station. Beyond the van that will carry the coffin is Pullman Car No.208, LEONA. After this event, Leona was retired from service. However in 1974, she returned along with other carriages to play a starring role in the classic movie, Murder on the Orient Express, that featured greats such as Albert Finney and Sean Connery.
Opened in May 1998, the Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express enjoys fabulous views of Lough Corrib and ironically is only about 300 meters away from the old track bed of the now lost Galway-Clifden railway line which was disbanded in the mid 1930s. Now a 66-seater restaurant, the Pullman is truly a unique venue and dining experience in Galway City.
The Oak Cellar Bar:
The Oak Cellar Bar is the perfect venue for relaxed dining, meeting friends for drinks, relaxing after a hard day’s sightseeing and touring! Originally the kitchen in bygone days, it has been fully restored and exudes warmth and character. Using traditional recipes and all time favourite dishes, the Oak Cellar Bar is very popular with locals and visitors alike for casual dining. All major sporting events are televised and complimentary daily newspapers are available. The Oak Cellar Bar serves food from 12.00pm to 9.00pm each day, and is open each day from 11.00am until late.
The River Room Restaurant:
The River Room Restaurant designed to complement the history and tradition of the 260-year old Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers the perfect setting for family get-togethers and private events. With tall windows on all five exterior walls, guests are afforded the pleasue of breath-taking views of Lough Corrib and the estate grounds wherever they are seated in the restaurant. The River Room Restaurant is open for Breakfast daily, private dining for groups and opens for dinner on selected nights only.
On the Map: Galway is a coastal city, located in County Galway in the west of Ireland. Galway is well-served by a good network of roads – the M6/N6 from Dublin (to the east) and M18/N18 from Limerick & Cork (to the south).
In a recent nationwide survey the people of Galway were found to be Ireland’s happiest! And visiting Galway City, the capital of their county it is not hard to see why. It is a lively university city of narrow streets, quaint shopfronts, bustling pubs and stunning surrounding scenery. It has always attracted a bohemian mix of musicians, artists and intellectuals and that attitude is palpable as you walk the streets. Galway has been commercially important since the 11th century when it was a centre for trade with Spain and Portugal. In 1477 Christopher Columbus paid a visit. Galway earned the title “City of the Tribes” around that time, when it was ruled by 14 wealthy merchant families. Today it is lively, with loads of things to do, and is so popular that it can get very crowded in summer, especially during the annual Galway Races. The annual Arts Festival also attracts thousands, especially for its street parade, organized by the multi-award winning production company, Macnas. Its famous Druid Theatre produces and stages plays and has toured internationally, winning awards, including Tonys on Broadway.