Russborough House and Parklands Blessington, Co. Wicklow Wicklow Castles/Gardens Wicklow Heritage/Visitor Centre

Russborough House and Parklands

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 Historic exhibition downstairs traces the lives of 3 Families who lived here the Earls of Milltown, the Daly Family and Sir Alfred & Lady Beit who purchased the house in 1952 to house their impressive art collection.

Sir Alfred set up the Alfred Beit Foundation in 1978, opened the house to the general public and handed 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 we have a Maze, Playground, Fairy trail, tree trail and new for 2017 is an audio tour which will bring Individuals and Families on a  2 km walking tour  around the Demesne.

The 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.  We have Podcatchers Available in English, German, French, Italian & Spanish

Also in 2017, our 18th century walled garden has been under restoration since 2011 by members of the RHSI.

We are offering tours for pre booked groups from 1st March, ’17.

From May or June the garden will open on certain days for the general public, please check our website for details.

Tours times of the house will vary from season to season so please check our website for details of tour times.

Russborough House and Parklands Opening Times

  • 1st March to 20th December 10am to 6pm
  • Check website for tour times of house.

Admission charges

House tour  

  • 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

The Parklands

Outdoor Family ticket €15, comprising Maze, Fairy trail, tree trail and audio tour.  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.  


East & West Courtyard:  Our 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.

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