Avondale House & Forest Park

County: Co. Wicklow
Tel: 0404-46111
Email: avondalehouseenquiries@coillte.ie

Avondale House, the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history. Set in a magnificent forest park of over 500 acres with tree trails and walks ranging in duration from one to five hours. This beautiful Georgian House designed by James Wyatt and built in 1777 contains fine plasterwork and many original pieces of furniture. The American Room is dedicated to Admiral Charles Stewart - Parnell’s American grandfather who manned the USS Constitution during the 1812 war. Visitors are introduced to this wonderful historical house by a specially commissioned audio visual presentation. Other facilities include a licensed cafe, book shop, picnic areas, children’s play area, three orienteering courses (maps can be downloaded at www.coillteoutdoors.ie) and large car/coach park.

Avondale House, Co. Wicklow


Avondale House, Co. Wicklow


Avondale House & Gardens


Avondale House & Gardens


General Information

Address: Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow
Telephone; 0404-46111
Email: avondalehouseenquiries@coillte.ie
Location: 1 mile from Rathdrum on L2149/ off R752/ off N11
Season: Easter - 31st October
Open Times: Open Easter to end of October. Opening times are subject to change.
Tours: Max No: 25, Duration: 30 minutes. By Appointment Only, usually self guided.
Booking Contact: info.AvondaleHouse@Coillte.ie
Average Visit Length: 1-5 hours (Visitor's choice)
Entrance Fees: Adults: €7
Child: €4.50 Child (U5): Free, Concession/Student: €6.50
Family: €20 (2A + 2C)
Group Rates available on request
Audio Visual: Seating: 30, Duration: 25 minutes. Languages: English
Exhibition: Artefacts, Story Panels. Languages: English
Restaurant: Please see information on the right for the Kitchen Café opening times
Picnic Area: Yes
Shop: Books, posters and postcards
Information Guide: English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Japanese & Danish
Coach Parking: Yes
Group Booking Necessary: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Disabled Access/Parking: Limited to ground floor
Other: Forest Park Fee Price Daily: €5.00 Per Car - Coins Only (50cent, €1 & €2 accepted). Annual: €35.00 Access Card (Valid In All Forest Parks).

Orienteering Course

Download your map and hit the ground running with Avondale's new fixed Orienteering Courses!

Check out our Avondale Orienteering Page to find your map and some guidelines on what you will need to bring! Navigate your way through exotic and native tree species, along the banks of the Avonmore river and down the famous "Great Ride" as you search for control points and their codes.  With courses suitable for absolute beginners to experienced orienteers, there is orienteering fun for everyone at Avondale.  The courses are open are permanently open!


GAA Schools

A visit to Avondale House would enhance both National/Primary and Secondary level students in their knowledge and appreciation of history and culture. The house designed by James Wyatt would also be of interest to architectural students. The estate comprising of over 500 acres of forestry and parkland, includes signposted nature walks, two orienteering courses and offers to improve knowledge and appreciation of nature and its conservation, wildlife and environmental studies, team building for students, tailored by experts to suit your needs and curriculum requirements

Three permanent Orienteering Courses – Free recreation, support material for teachers to take students orienteering inline with the National Curriculum all on www.coillteoutdoors.ie.

Booking Contact: avondalehouseenquiries@coillte.ie

Conference & Incentive

Croke Park Conference facilities

The fine lofty entrance is an ideal venue for receptions/product launches while the elegant Blue Dining Room is available for exclusive corporate lunches and dinners. ‘The Kitchen Café’, situated in the basement of the house, is suitable for lunch/afternoon tea groups. Adjoining outdoor area with picnic benches. The extensive woodland, forest trails. river walks and orienteering courses lend themselves imaginative corporate events and activities

Booking Contact: avondalehouseenquiries@coillte.ie

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