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At Belvedere, you can enjoy stunning views incorporating some of Ireland’s most famous Romantic follies - including the largest in Ireland - the now infamous ‘Jealous Wall’.
The story of Belvedere House is in many respects a reflection of the social history of Georgian Ireland; built in 1740 for Robert Rochfort, Lord Belvedere, as a Georgian Villa, designed by German architect Richard Castles. Robert Rochfort in 1736 married his 2nd wife Mary Molesworth.
Robert accused Mary of having an affair with his younger brother Arthur. With little evidence against them, they were both found guilty. Mary was kept under house arrest for 31 years until Roberts’s death. While Mary was incarcerated in Gaulstown House, Robert had Belvedere House built as his retreat. These events were a scandal at the time and led to Robert being known as “The Wicked Earl” for his cruel treatment of his wife and subsequently his brother and his family.
Belvedere House, Gardens & Park offers something for young and old. Visitors can enjoy 8km of walks, a Georgian Villa, a Victorian Walled Garden, Fairy Garden, three playgrounds, a gift shop, picnic areas and licensed café. A visit to Belvedere is a superb day with a difference.
- Magnificent 160 acre Lakeside Estate with 8km of walks
- Restored Georgian Villa built in 1740
- Fascinating Romantic follies, including the ‘Jealous Wall’
- Victorian Walled Garden, Fairy Garden and three children’s playgrounds
- Gift Shop, licensed café & picnic areas
Open Year Round
March & October
Daily 09:30 - 18:00
(House, Café & Gift Shop close at 17:00)
April & September
Daily 09:30 - 19:00
(House, Café & Gift Shop close at 17:00)
May - August
House: daily 09:30 - 17:00
Gardens & Park 09:30 - 20:00 (Half price admission after 17:00)
November - February
Daily 09:30 - 16:30
Belvedere House, Gardens & Park,
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
T: +353 (0) 44 933 8960
Closed: December 24 to 26 and during Special Events (check website or phone in advance of travel to see when special events run)
Last admission: 1 hour before closing
Approx. visit duration: 2 hours
Senior (aged 65+): €6.00
Student (with valid ID): €6.00
Child (aged 3-12): €4.00
Child (under 3): Free
Family (2 adult & 1 child): €20.00
Family (2 adult & 2 children): €23.00
*additional children: €3.00 each
Family (1 adult & 1 child): €12.00
Family (1 adult & 2 children): €16.00
Other Useful Information
Audio guides are now available to visitors in English, German, French & Spanish
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Café serving fresh, local and organic produce. Mediterranean menu, full breakfast menu and high tea menu along with a wine and beer license. Ice-cream and crepe parlour also on-site. Picnic areas.
Gift shop selling pottery, clothes, toys, jewellery, giftware and Belvedere-branded products.
Free car and coach parking on-site.
Visitor Centre and cafe are fully wheelchair accessible. The House is not wheelchair accessible, and the grounds and gardens include gravel surfaces and some steep inclines.
Guided tours available (through English) with pre-booking, at a cost of €1 per person. Minimum numbers apply.
Group rates available (minimum 20 people). Pre-booking required.
Events and Meetingsread more
Belvedere House Gardens & Park is an ideal venue for events. The Courtyard is a bright and welcoming space beside the stunning and historic "Jealous Wall" and provides a splendid setting for a variety of events including: conferences, award ceremonies, concerts, plays, launches etc.
Belvedere can provide a stage setting (16ft x 8ft) within the Visitor Centre and the audience area can seat up to 200 comfortably in theatre style. The space has par-can lighting and PA facilities are available upon request.
Packages can be tailored for individual events with venue hire costs starting at €350. Phone Belvedere Reception a +353(0)44 934 9060 for more details.
Belvedere House Meeting Rooms
Belvedere's stunning 160 acre lakeside estate has meeting facilities available in the fully restored Georgian Villa that is Belvedere House. There are two meeting rooms on the first floor of the House (not fully accessible) that offer stunning views over Lough Ennell and a serene setting for smaller meetings (up to 16 people).
The Bury & Marley Room hire is as little as €60 for a half day (4 hours max) and €120 for a full days hire. Contact us on +353(0)44 9349 060 for more details or email email@example.com
CaToCa Fine Foods and Giftware operate the Café and Gift Shop at Belvedere House Gardens & Park and can cater for all corporate occasions booked in. They can also cater for all types of events including birthday celebrations, first holy communion, confirmation, Mother’s Day, high teas etc. Contact CaToCa directly. Call Kevin Byrne 0863005938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Belvedere House is located 6km south of Mullingar town on N52, just 40 minutes from Dublin.Belvedere House, Gardens & Park Nearby Attractions