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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 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.


THE BIG HOUSE AT CHRISTMAS November 10th – December 22nd 2018

Touring Ireland's most beautiful house at Christmas promises to be a yuletide experience like no other.  Russborough's historic halls will be exquisitely decked for the festive season transforming the house tour into a Christmastide treat. Enjoy a delicious mince pie and a glass of mulled wine in the cafe, guaranteed to warm your cockles on a winter's day.  There'll be hot chocolate and cookies for the kiddies and a daily Twilight Tour to maximise the twinkling lights and magical Christmas sparkle.
Combine Christmas with culture, history and art all in one outing. Learn about Christmas traditions in the time of the Beits and the Milltowns. See the meticulous lists kept by Lady Beit from year to year of gifts she gave to the local children so as not to give duplicate presents. Discover what might have been served for Christmas dinner in the time of the Milltowns – roast stubble goose with boiled turnips anyone?
The dining room table is set in Sèvres splendour and priceless silver while the Main Hall next door is dressed for dinner by our resident craftworkers for the parkland animals. A tree with golden pears is provided for the partridge while a golden eyed peacock with white feathers preens on the tree in the Drawing Room. The library and music room décor is appropriately themed while silver is the order of the day on the Lantern Landing as we launch a new display of the silver collected by all three families who resided in the house: the Milltowns, the Dalys and the Beits. 

Once finished the tour why not swing by our shop which will be brimful with Christmas goodies and stocking fillers for all the family.  This year we'll also carry an exclusive range of decorations chosen specially for Russborough by Amanda Pratt (previously Creative director of Avoca) to reflect the house and collections. Trim your tree at home with a beautiful ornament, a wonderful reminder of your trip to Russborough.
Finish your visit with a trip to the Tearooms where the festive menu will tempt, with all our favourite Christmas treats including gingerbread men, mince pies, Christmas roulade, festive jams, turkey and ham, spiced beef, Christmas cake and pudding.

A fabulous day out this Christmas Season

  • Weekdays House tours 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
  • Weekends our House tours are 11am,12noon,1pm,2pm,3pm,4pm
  • Special Twilight tour daily at 4pm (Refreshments included in this tour only) 

Book online now here: Family Tickets | Individual Tickets


ART CAR BOOT FAIR

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 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 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.

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