Belvedere House Gardens & Park

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Belvedere House – 1740

Westmeath is a county rich in history and heritage with Belvedere House Gardens & Park being one of our prized assets; one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions, with 160,000 visitors annually being proof of that.

Belvedere House Gardens & Park is a magnificent 160 acre lakeside estate, which boasts among its impressive facilities – a fully restored Georgian Villa and Victorian Walled Garden set within a Georgian naturalistic parkland designed in the 18th century to contrive nature to give a series of pleasing views, incorporating some of Ireland’s most famous Romantic follies, including the largest in Ireland, the now infamous Jealous Wall.

A fascinating Georgian estate open year round with a varied calendar of events including exciting family events at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Belvedere House is a fully restored Georgian Villa situated in Co Westmeath on 160 acres of lakeside parkland, punctuated by numerous follies including the famous Jealous Wall.

Belvedere once the home of the Wicked Earl Robert Rochfort who infamously locked up his second wife Mary Molesworth for 31 years on a spurious charge of infidelity is now owned and operated by Westmeath County Council.

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Victorian Walled Garden – 1847

The Victorian Walled Garden at Belvedere consists of a one and a half acre sloped garden with Thomas Messenger style glasshouse. The Garden is a feast for the senses with tumbling herbaceous borders, old rose garden, fragrant herb garden and vegetable potager. At the end of the Victorian Garden is a new area The Enchanted Glen a secret Fairy Garden hidden away from prying eyes.

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Parkland & Trails

Belvedere boasts 160 acres of Parklands with 7km of woodland trails (including the Sacred Tree Trail) through the ancient whispering woods of Belvedere are a place of enchantment at any time of the year with wild garlic, fennel, bluebell, primrose and anemone abundant; all set on the shores of Lough Ennell

Cherry Valley lies between the Jealous Wall and the Terraces of the house and contains many exotic blossoming trees including a large Magnolia and Tulip species. This area is in full bloom in early to mid April each year.

The Parklands and woodland trails through the ancient whispering woods of Belvedere are a place of enchantment at any time of the year with wild garlic, fennel, bluebell, primrose and anemone abundant.

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Catering at Belvedere

Catoca Café at Belvedere House Gardens and Park is open daily in line with the advertised and seasonal opening hours for Belvedere House Gardens & Park. Great food, great service, great location – Catoca Café can cater for all your special occasions and corporate events. See

Belvedere House Gardens & Park is great for groups and is an excellent day out with a difference. a splendid attraction suitable for every taste, both young and old – perfect for day trips and a great addition to any tour itinerary.

Whether a gardening group, historical society, active retirement association, family gathering or group of friends a visit to belvedere is a superb day with a difference.

What’s to see at Belvedere:

  • Fully restored Georgian Villa
  • Victorian Walled Garden
  • 3 Children’s playgrounds
  • 160 Parkland on lake shore setting
  • 7km of walks and trails
  • Fairy Garden
  • Licenced Café
  • Gift Shop
  • 3 Follies; Jealous Wall; Grotesque Gothic Arch & Octagonal Gazebo
  • Georgian Ice House
  • One of the largest Victorian Rockery’s in Ireland
  • Free Parking
  • Picnic areas
  • Free Educational Events incl; Dawn Chorus; Tree, Bird & Bat Walks
  • Full Calendar of Seasonal Events – check belvedere-house for more details

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Belvedere for School Groups

Belvedere House Gardens & Park is a very popular venue for visits from pupils of primary and secondary schools as well as overseas schools and students at Language Schools in this country.

Accompanying adults/teachers with child groups (4-16 years inc.) qualify for free admission on a ratio of 1 adult per 10 children (min 20 in a group).

Tour leaders accompanying student groups (17+ years) qualify for free admission on a ratio of 1 adult per 10 students.

  • Group discounts
  • Free visitor map
  • Child/Student Lunch Specials (pre-booking essential)
  • Educational packs
  • 3 Children’s Play Areas
  • Zipline
  • Animal Sanctuary

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Visitor Opening Times & Rates

Last admission to House & Park one hour before closing

March & October
Belvedere Opening Hours
9:30am – 6:00pm Daily
House, Cafe & Shop
Close at 5.00pm Daily
April & September
Belvedere Opening Hours
9:30am – 7:00pm Daily
House, Cafe & Shop
Close at 5.00pm Daily
May, June, July & August
Belvedere Opening  Hours
9:30am – 8.00pm Daily
House, Cafe & Shop
Close at 5.00pm Daily
November, December, January & February
Belvedere Opening  Hours
9.30am – 4:30pm Daily
House, Cafe & Shop
Close at 4.00pm Daily


Single Rates

Adult €8.00

Children €4.00

Senior Citizen/Student €6.00

Family: 2 Adults & 2 Children €23.00

Family: 2 Adults & 1 Child €20.00

Extra Child €3.00

Group Rates (20+ pax)

Guided Tours additional €1 per person

Adult Group (20+) €4.00

Sen. Citizen/Student (20+) €3.00

Child/Special (20+) €2.00

Belvedere House
Co. Westmeath
Tel. Fax. +353 (0)44 9349002

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