Russborough House and Parklands

A stunning visitor attraction overlooking the lakes and mountains of the ‘Garden of Ireland’, offering award-winning guided house tours, 3D exhibition, maze, playground, gift shop, craft workers and tea rooms.  
 

Open March 1 to December 17

Blessington, Co. Wicklow (See Map Below)

ONE OF IRELAND’S MOST BEAUTIFUL VISITOR EXPERIENCES

Walk back in history with expert guides through a stunning Palladian mansion with handcrafted stucco ceilings, furniture from the 18th century and further back in time. Stroll through historic parklands including an ancient hippodrome and 18th century walled garden or visit the rhododendron garden and woodlands whilst admiring some of the most stunning views in Ireland.

Russborough's unique history mixes culture, historic furniture and art from across the globe. It also showcases traditional handmade crafts in the east and west courtyard as well as demonstrating down to earth rural life in Ireland with its hugely popular sheepdog demonstrations. Relax and enjoy this unique cultural experience from admiring the inspiration of high class Palladian architecture to enjoying daily rural life and creative crafts people at work.
 

Stunning Collections & a Fascinating History

Sir Alfred and Lady Beit bought Russborough in 1952 to house their impressive art collection. They left this historic mansion, its collections and their fascinating life story to the Irish public in 1978. From this extraordinary act of generosity visitors are now welcome to one of Ireland’s most unique attractions.
 

Enjoy the Historic House, Parkland and Traditional Crafts

Enjoy an award-winning house tour, a unique 3D exhibition, a maze, children’s playground, gift shop, scenic walks, award-winning tea rooms and a fabulous gift shop. The artisans at Russborough also display their unique crafts including candle making, blacksmithing, wood sculpting, stone masonry, weaving and ceramics in their studios in the east and west courtyards.

Russborough is a not for profit organisation. All monies generated through events, visits and sales are invested in the careful upkeep of Russborough and its Demesne.

 

Location

Russborough is situated on the N81, just 2km past Blessington and only 45 minutes from Dublin. 


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Did you Know about Russborough?

Here are some interesting facts about Russborough House:

  • It is often called "The most beautiful house in Ireland".‘
  • It is the widest house in Ireland at 700ft between the two sets of obelisks.
  • It took ten years to build from 1741.
  • The west wing was originally built to stable horses, not to house people!
  • It has suffered two occupations: in 1798 by British troops and again in 1922 by the old ‘IRA’.
  • It has had two fires: the main house in 1964 and the West Wing in 2010.
  • The telephone number for Russborough used to be ‘Blessington 3’.
  • It has suffered four art robberies in 1974; 1986; 2001 and 2002.
  • It has a Maze with the shape of a diamond in the middle of it.
  • It has a unique round Hippodrome used for training horses in the 19th century.
  • There is a ghost in bedroom number 9 - an old man - but nobody knows who it is. Don’t wake him!
  • Two past owners of Russborough gave precious art collections to the National Gallery of Ireland (Countess Milltown in 1902 and Sir Alfred Beit in 1987).
  • There is a secret door from the Drawing room into the Tapestry room.
  • The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VI) planted a tree in 1861 at the west wing.
  • President McAleese (Ireland's 7th President) and President Higgins (Ireland’s 8th President) have also planted trees here.

Visitor Information

Russborough House & Parklands
Russborough, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
T. +353 (0) 45 865 239
E: info@russborough.ie


BOOK TICKETS

You can book online tickets to Russborough House & Parklands directly from their website at

http://www.russborough.ie/

 

 

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