Russborough House and ParklandsBLESSINGTON, CO. WICKLOW
The building of Russborough House commenced in 1741 and took almost 10 years to complete. Designed by the German Architect Richard Cassels, it has the longest façade of any house in Ireland.
It is a stunning Palladian Mansion which houses one of the most impressive private art collections in Ireland including Gainsborough, Singer Sargent & van Ostade . The paintings, tapestries, fine furniture, porcelain, and marvellous plasterwork may be viewed by taking a guided house tour.
The Exhibition Centre, opened in 2014, offers a fascinating insight into the history, lives and stories of Russborough and its owners from the 18th century to the present day.
Sir Alfred set up the Alfred Beit Foundation in 1978, opened the house to the general public and haded this historic mansion, it’s estate & their art collection to the trustees of the foundation to take care of it for future years.
Today Russborough is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland’s Ancient East. People from all over the world take the guided house tour & historic exhibition.
There is a restaurant and Gift shop located in the building, all open 7 days a week. Outside in the Parklands they have a Maze, Playground, Fairy trail and tree trail.
The RHSI 18th century walled garden is available for pre booked groups throughout the season and for Individuals on Wednesday & Saturday afternoons. During the summer the Walled garden will have longer opening days.
There is a 2 km Audio walking tour around the Demesne. They have Podcatchers available in English, German, French, Italian & Spanish.
Tours times of the house will vary from season to season so please check their website for details of tour times.
Russborough House and Parklands Opening Times
- 1st March to 22nd December 10am to 6pm
- Russborough hosts a variety of annual and seasonal events during the summer and ‘Christmas at Russborough’ in the Winter.
- Check website for tour times of house.
- Adult €12
- Senior & Student €9
- Child €6
- Children under 5 years free of charge
- Family €30 for 2 Adults & 4 children and includes the Maze also
Outdoor Family ticket €15, comprising Maze, Fairy trail, tree trail and Playground. Children under 5 years free of charge.
Also on the ground is the National Bird of Prey Centre. There is an additional admission charge for this facility.
There is a 2 km Audio walking tour of the Demesne, available in 5 Languages.
East & West Courtyard
The many Artisans are housed in both courtyards and it is well worth visiting them to see their work.
Location: 20 km south of Dublin off the N81 and 4 km outside Blessington, Co. Wicklow.