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 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.


“Country House Flowers at Russborough”: an Exhibition of floral art

The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s Floral Art Group and Russborough are pleased to announce an Exhibition of magnificent arrangements entitled “Country House Flowers at Russborough”.   It will be held on Saturday, 7th & Sunday 8th July from 3 pm to 6pm in the principle reception rooms of the house.   Admission is €5 per adult and children are free.   
www.russborough.ie or www.rhsi.ie

The designers will draw inspiration from the paintings and furnishings in this splendid house demonstrating trends in floral art from historic times to the present day.
For enquiries about the Exhibition and / or the RHSI Russborough Garden Show please contact:
Eric Blatchford (CEO Russborough) at Tel: 045 865239 or eric@russborough.ie
The Alfred Beit Foundation (Russborough) and the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland are both registered charities.


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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