Each of these enchanting famous houses in Ireland have an interesting association with Ireland´s cultural past. There are palladian styled mansions dotted throughout the island so if you are walking or cycling one of the many IrelandWays.com routes you are bound to find one close by. We have chosen our favourite houses that are open to the public so that you can get a taste of the rich history between the giant walls. Whether the house represents a famous tv series, an area of stunning natural beauty or a dark period in Irish history each building has a magical setting and holds a special place in Irish countryside. Visiting, even one, of these beautiful houses will take you on a unique Irish journey.
Located in Co.Wicklow, also known as the garden capital of Ireland, this house is a perfect stop off point if you are travelling along the Wicklow Way. Powerscourt Estate is home to Irelands largest waterfall and has been listed as the third best garden in the world by the National Geographic. This remarkable house was built around a medieval castle in the 17th century. Today it showcases the best in Irish design and is home to a doll’s mansion called Taras house. The museum contains Tara’s Palace, one of the most beautiful doll’s houses with miniature furniture from all around the world.
This is arguably one of the most romantic locations to build a house in Ireland. The stunning mansion overlooks Drumcliff Bay in Co.Sligo. The ancestral home of the Gore-Booth family is no strange to famous faces. Renowned poet W.B. Yeats was friends with the Gore-Booth sisters, often visiting the house. Leonard Cohen and Westlife have chosen Lissadell House setting as a location for concerts in the past.
Strokestown Park House
This beautifully preserved house was built by Thomas Mahon in the 18th century. A visit to the mansion provides the rare opportunity to step back in time with nearly all of the original furnishings from the Mahon family remaining in every room. The Irish National Famine Museum is housed in Strokestown Park House and the archive includes papers from 1845 – 1851 which provides valuable insights into life during the Great Irish Famine.
Situated in one of Ireland’s most popular tourist towns, Westport House dates back to the 18th century and has an enticing parkland setting. The house has managed to retain many original items, including: old English and Irish silver, waterford glass, a library and portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds of the Earl of Altamont and Howe Peter, the second Marquess of Sligo who was a friend of George IV and of the poet Byron. The artwork alone is worth a visit to Westport House if you are travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Father Teds House
Last but not least is the house that featured in the popular Father Ted series since 1993.
“Go on, go on, go on”! We know there is no need for this kind of persuasion to entice you to the farm house where the famous Father Ted series was filmed but we all love a bit of Mrs.Doyle. This house is privately owned but due to popular demand the McCormack family have kindly opened their home to fans for afternoon tea. Located in Co.Clare between the Slieve no Glasha mountains and Mullagh Mor mountain this area is easily reached if you are planning a walk or cycle along the Burren Way. It was built in the 19th century and the organic farm and the house is owned by the McCormack family for over 30 years.
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