Welcome to Houses, Castles And Gardens Of Ireland

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You will be very welcome at these fine houses, castles and gardens throughout the island of Ireland. Learn about the rich tapestry of our built and landscape heritage, culture and traditions over many centuries. Discover early castle strongholds, tower houses, stately mansions and gardens that are of historic importance or leading the way in contemporary design.
Our website will help you to plan a wide variety of excursions for a family outing or a specialist group tour. Many of the properties make ideal locations for weddings: ceremonies, receptions and photography. Some backdrops and interiors will be well known to you from TV & Film: such as The Tudors, Becoming Jane, Vikings and The Spy who came in from the Cold.
Admission charges will apply and event programmes may affect the opening hours, so it’s well worth making a call to the property to be advised.

Living history for the curious visitor

 

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Castletown House Under Winter Wraps

Castletown House Under Winter Wraps

Castletown House: the finest stately home architecture in Ireland The winter Spring Clean at Castletown House, Co. Kildare The daily guided tour of Castletown House reveals the highest standard of applied and decorative arts to be seen anywhere in the world and how this has been achieved.   From the heady days of commissioning great architecture, plasterwork and sculpture to the necessity of selling furniture, fine paintings and heirlooms for [Read More...]
‘Primrose Hill Specials’: the what, the who, the where

‘Primrose Hill Specials’: the what, the who, the where

The avenue at Primrose Hill, Lucan, Co. Dublin The ‘Gardens Open’ season springs into action on the 1st February and no better place to see early carpets of colour than at Primrose Hill at Lucan in Co. Dublin.   A visit here reveals everything there is to know about the Galanthus species and ‘The Primrose Hill Specials’ – by which I include the owner himself! My copy of ‘In an Irish Garden’ by Sybil [Read More...]
A Cure for Curmudgeons at the Killruddery Christmas Market

A Cure for Curmudgeons at the Killruddery Christmas Market

I was delighted to learn from Roisin Ingle’s article in today’s Irish Times that I’m not the only curmudgeon at this time of year, loathing as I do, the madness that has become the 6 weeks run up to Christmas day! So as hurricane Desmond roared, I was in no real humour to check out the Christmas Market nearest to my home to find out what others find so appealing! My mood lightened, however, as soon as I got a good parking [Read More...]
Candle Making Course at Enniscoe, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Candle Making Course at Enniscoe, Ballina, Co. Mayo

CANDLE  MAKING  COURSE Date: Saturday 14th November. 10.30 am to 4.30pm Venue: Mayo North Heritage Centre, Enniscoe, Castlehill, Ballina. Booking required: Tel: 096/31809 LEARN HOW TO MAKE AND DECORATE YOUR OWN CANDLES FOR CHRISTMAS. ALL MATERIALS SUPPLIED AND EACH PARTICIPANT TAKES HOME THEIR OWN CANDLE. 12 PLACES AVAILABLE. BOOKING REQUIRED. COST 40 EURO PER PERSON. CHILDREN FROM 10YRS OLD WELCOME. TEA AND COFFEE AVAILABLE. PLEASE BRING YOUR [Read More...]

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