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Celebrating 250 years in 2017, you are invited to commemorate the founding of Westport with a year-long celebration. A beautifully authentic small Irish town on the Wild Atlantic Way, few can match Westport’s charisma, abundance of things to do, warm welcome and its rich history. Cheerful, multi-coloured shop fronts and restaurants jostle for attention with an abundance of things to do, a stunning natural setting as well as a lively night life in this beautifully laid-out estate town. It is also the home of Westport House. Little wonder it was named the Best Place to Live in Ireland by the Irish Times.
Westport is one of Ireland’s few planned towns and this is reflected in its considered layout, Georgian architecture, wooded and green areas. Westport kisses the south east shores of the Atlantic inlet of Clew Bay and lies against the backdrop of the protective Croagh Patrick – a gorgeous natural setting if ever there was one.
The rich history of this beautiful estate town features fascinating characters such as a Pirate Queen and Major John McBride. Take the Westport Train Tour or one of our Walking Tours to hear all about them. Consider cycling to Achill Island on the off-road Great Western Greenway. You simply must visit Westport House (avail of the 10% discount). Or, why not climb Ireland’s Holy Mountain Croagh Patrick or take a dip in one of Clew Bay’s blue flag beaches? Try out kayaking or a round of golf. Visit the Clew Bay Heritage Centre which prides itself on being a "hands on" experience and one of the few museums where visitors can touch the artefacts on display. You won’t want for things to do!
The charming Quay area possesses a unique character with pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and galleries now occupying the old coastguard station and warehouses dating back to the town’s booming 18th century linen industry.
For an evening’s entertainment, Westport offers plenty of pubs and restaurants with live music every night. Take in a live show in the Town Hall Theatre or one of the many festivals throughout the year.
You should go and celebrate Westport250 in 2017!
- Celebrate Westport250 in 2017 with a visit to the authentic small Irish town.
- Abundance of restaurants and family-owned accommodation options – guaranteeing a warm welcome.
- Active night life with live music and shows as well as 100 festivals annually.
- Rich history from Pirate Queen to Major John McBride.
- One of Ireland’s few planned towns with stunning Georgian architecture, tree-mall river, bright planting and green areas.
- Take 10% off your visit to Westport House, Pirate Adventure Park or sight-seeing Westport Train Tour.
Open Year Round
Westport Heritage Town is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year. There is always so much to experience in the town and its environs.
Westport House and its Pirate Adventure Park has varying opening days and times, depending on the time of year. The historic house is open February to December and the Pirate Adventure Park is open April to August. For detailed opening times, and to view its programme of activities and events, visit www.WestportHouse.ie. Its opening times can be viewed at www.westporthouse.ie/opening-times/
Closed: Westport never closes. Westport House has varying opening days and times (see above)
Approx. visit duration: You should allow a minimum of 2 days to visit Westport Heritage Town and its environs, there is so much to do and see. We recommend a minimum of 90 minutes to visit Westport House and allow the best part of a day to visit its Pirate Adventure Park with kids under 12.
Westport House & Grounds
Senior (aged 65+): €10.00
Student (with valid ID): €10.00
Toddler (aged 0-2): Free
Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park
Senior (aged 65+): €19.00
Student (with valid ID): €19.00
Toddler (aged 0-2): Free
1 Day Pirate Pass (2 adults & up to 4 children): €75.00
1 Day Pirate Pass (2 adults & up to 2 children): €60.00
For other prices (pirates den, activities and more), see www.WestportHouse.ie
Other Useful Information
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
There is a wide choice of options restaurants, cafés and pubs in Westport Town. The Old Kitchen Café in the Basement of Westport House opens high season – or by appointment for groups. It seats up to 80 and serves a selection of soups, sandwiches and cakes. Gracy’s Bar & Café in the farmyard area offers full bar, hot and cold food options as well as wood-fired pizza.
Westport is perfect for craft, gift and fashion shopping. Some shops worth mentioning include Thomas Moran souvenir shop; Kaleidescope – ladies fashion, jewellery and crafts (ideal for gifts); The Country Market – local crafts and food open every Thursday morning; Multiple Art Galleries in the town and quay area and ladies fashion boutiques including The Whyte House and Guna Nua.
Groups are welcome and well catered for in Westport and at Westport House.
There are lots of areas for picnics, including nearby beaches, on the Westport Greenway (Old Railway Walk) and at Westport House in the farmyard courtyard.
WALKING, CYCLING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Westport and its environs is an activity hotspot. You can experience everything from fishing and golf to horse riding, water activites and adventure sports. For walking and cycling enthusiasts the off-road Great Western Greenway is worth a special mention. You can find out all your activity options at www.DestinationWestport.com
Westport is on the Wild Atlantic Way and it is a spectacular driving route. There are also lots of other excellent shorter driving route options. You can check them out on www.DestinationWestport.com/day-trips
Free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels and other accommodations, dining establishments and at Westport House.
Meetings, Events and Incentive Programmesread more
Westport House is a unique Heritage setting and is an ideal venue to entertain clients, partners and employees, to work on strategy or celebrate a professional milestone. From a board meeting to an afternoon of activities, their highly experienced team include a designated liaison assigned to your group, to support your professional and business goals.
For meetings and seminars, experience the impact of a wonderful Board Room feel in the drawing room at Westport House (capacity from 10 people to 80 people). Or bring your larger group to the Long Gallery where you’ll be surrounded by the Browne family dating back to the 18th century (capacity 120 theatre style). All modern electronic equipment is available for your presentations, full size antique board table with original and comfortable chairs, and original furnishings, all provide the sort of atmosphere that leads to real entrepreneurial creative thinking.
Often called “the most beautiful house in Ireland”, Westport House is the ultimate in old world heritage and is still family owned. The whole team at Westport House puts all of its energy and professionalism into making sure that every one of their clients enjoys a magnificent experience. Join them for a meeting, and stay for lunch or dinner. Or visit for a team building programme
You will receive a warm Westport welcome from all of the team in Westport House.
Westport House typically operate on an “exclusive event” basis and rent out the house entirely to the party so you won’t meet another soul except for our staff. All three floors of the house are yours to enjoy while the bulk of the festivities take place on the main floor. Because they also operate as a visitor attraction and it can be tricky to offer exclusivity at certain times of year, they can also operate on a “Private Rooms” basis where part of the house will be yours exclusively.
They welcome guests into and host receptions in the Front Hall which makes a breath-taking first impression! The Drawing Room and larger groups dine in either the Drawing Room or Long Gallery (capacity 120). For more intimate groups, the original dining table in the Formal Dining Room can seat up to 12 people as can the Drawing Room.
Superb Incentive Programmes / Facilities
Set on a 400 acre estate in the heart of the heritage town of Westport, the House is amazingly still privately owned and retains that family feel and helpful warm hospitality.
Unlike many modernised historic homes, it retains all the original character and charm allowing you to go back in time. They can happily provide a brief talk or guided tour as part of your event to give your guests a “sense of place”. The tour tells of 300 years of Irish history through the eyes of one Irish aristocratic family as well as their more modern and pioneering efforts since opening to the public in 1960 to save one of Ireland’s national treasures.
For private and corporate entertaining to high level business meetings, Westport House offers the perfect retreat.
Activities for your Group
Westport House would be delighted to arrange entertainment including live music, Irish dancing displays, sheep herding trials, interactive receptions with local food producers and more. They can also arrange Birds of Prey shows, private Hawk Walks, archery or the very competitive orienteering!
Often called “the most beautiful house in Ireland”, Westport House is the ultimate in old world heritage and is still family owned. The whole team at Westport House puts all of its energy and professionalism into making sure that every one of our clients enjoys a magnificent experience.
For further information, contact: Biddy Hughes, Tel +353 (0)98 561 17 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Set right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way on Clew Bay, Westport is 3.5 hours West of Dublin and one hour north of Galway. A mere 65km and less than one hour’s drive from Ireland West Knock Airport. Westport is connected to Dublin by Irish Rail train.Westport Heritage Town Nearby Attractions