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Russborough houses one of the most impressive Private Art Collections in Ireland which may be viewed by taking a guided house tour. The exhibition centre tells the story of Russborough from 1741 to the present day. This Palladian mansion was designed by Richard Cassels in 1741 and has the longest facade of any house in Ireland. It stretches to 700 feet across the beautiful Wicklow landscape overlooking the Blessington lakes.
The Parklands are equally pleasing with a 20,000 sq ft maze, a fairy trail, a playground and walks. The 18th century walled garden has been under restoration since 2011 and will be open for guided tours for pre-booked groups in 2017 and beyond.
The East & West Courtyards house working artisans. Sheepdog demonstrations are available for pre-booked groups. A new Bird of Prey Centre is located alongside the West Courtyard.
To complement these attractions there are lovely tea rooms serving hot and cold beverages, snacks and light lunches as well as a delightful souvenir and craft shop.
- Guided tours of ‘the most beautiful house in Ireland’ by local experts
- Self-guided interactive exhibition of film and 3D photographs
- Sheepdog demonstrations most afternoons
- A 20,000 square foot maze, playground & fairy trail for kids
- Birds of Prey Centre
Open March 1 - December 20, 2017
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Last guided tours at 16:00. Parklands close at 18:00 sharp.
The walks are open year-round except for one week at Christmas.
Closed: December 20 to February 28
Last admission: Last tour at 16:00
Approx. visit duration: A half day to explore the estate
Senior (aged 65+): €9.00
Student (with valid ID): €9.00
Child (aged 6-16): €6.00
Child (aged 0-5): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 4 children): €30.00
18th century walled garden tours €5 for pre-booked groups
Other Useful Information
Guided tour available in English, German and French. Free leaflets available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
The award-winning restaurant serves hot lunches, morning & afternoon tea/coffee. Lady Beit's Pantry is available for pre-booked groups wishing to enjoy afternoon tea. Picnic facilities also on-site.
Gift shop selling a wide range of crafts, souvenirs, and gift items.
Car parking on-site at a cost of €2 (no charge for blue badge or disabled vehicles) and free coach parking with wasking facilities. The €2 fee includes the playground and some walks.
Partially accessible with accessible toilets. The provide a lift to enable tours of the main house. Unfortunately, the Bedroom floor is not accessible and may only be reached by stairs. Accessibe toilets available and baby changing area.
GROUPS & EVENTS
Group rates available (minimum 20 people). Pre-booking required. Downstairs, the Theatre seats 70 and the small Cinema seats 30. Both may be used for events. The Hippodrome (outside) accommodates 500 chairs and is available for events and civil weddings.
Free Wi-Fi available in restaurant.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014
- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
- CIE International Tours Silver Merit Award
- 2015 Recommended by Taste of Ireland
- 2014 Lucinda O'Sullivan Great Places to Eat
Meetings, Incentive Programmes and Eventsread more
Russborough House & Parklands is an excellent venue for incentive programmes, team-building and corporate days out. They are home to a Birds of Prey Centre & can organise sheepdog demonstrations. They can arrange clay pidgeon shooting and archery.
Their exhibiton centre has two cinemas, one seating 50 people and the other up to 15 people (both are ideal for presentations).
All programmes can include a guided tour of the house which is home to one of the most impressive private art collections in Ireland. Further details are available from: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Dublin airport or city:
Russborough is 20 miles from both the airport and the city centre. From the M50, take the N81 exit to Blessington. Russborough is 2km beyond Blessington on the N81 road.
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