Russborough House & Parklands
Russborough is home to one of the most impressive private art collections in Ireland which may be viewed by taking a guided tour of the house.
The 18th century walled garden has been under restoration since 2011 and is now available for pre-booked groups.
New for 2017: The Audio tour (outdoors) takes in 15 stops around our Demesne and is full of history and stories about Russborough for over 275 years.
The house opens to the public from March to December each year and offers multilingual guided tours of the house and rooms. From art lovers to historians to curious passers-by, the tour will leave you feeling inspired.
There are so many things to admire, from the beauty of the Lafranchini ceilings to a wonderful collection of world-class art and furnishings. Ornaments such as a microscope gifted to Marie Antoinette on her wedding day to silver, tapestries, and furniture from Louis XVs time are all on view during the guided house tour.
The story of the house owners is a fascinating one and an incredible interactive exhibition invites you to share their lives at Russborough.
Experience Sir Alfred’s Beits historic collection of travels, stories, art and architecture captured on film and in verse in this engaging modern exhibition with touch screen technology and 2D and 3D cinema.
Having survived robberies in the 1970s and 1980s and a fire in 2010, the house lives on to be enjoyed through the expertise of the wonderful tour guides. Thanks to the National Gallery of Ireland, you can now view some of the art collection of the Milltown collection which is original to the 18th-century house.
Activities at Russborough House & Parklands
A broad range of activities will suit all age groups, making Russborough House & Parklands a super day out for all family groups. Enjoy activities like:-
- Children’s playground
- Maze & Fairy trail
- The 18th century walled garden is being lovingly restored by the RHSI and will open on Wed, Sat & Sunday afternoon
- The National Bird of Prey Centre
- Woodland walks
- Tea Rooms & Gift Shop
Families will love the large outdoor playground on site, exploring Fairy Trails and also testing their wits against the very impressive 20,000 sq. ft garden maze! Planted in 1989, the beech hedge maze is a fascinating feature at Russburough. On a guided tour of the house, there is a beautiful view of the maze from the bathroom window upstairs. If you fancy attempting the Russborough House & Parklands maze, make sure you obtain a map at reception and also bring your mobile phone with you just in case you lose your way!
The Bird of Prey Centre
At this National Bird of Prey Centre, discover more about magnificent eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons. You can participate in a handling session with some hand-reared birds and finish off with an exciting flying display.
Gift shopping is available offering a selection of beautiful artisan handcrafted goods. Be sure also and check out the event calendar for up to date information on activities.
As a perfect compliment to your day out, why not recharge in the award winning Tea Rooms, offering a mouth-watering selection of snacks, pastries, and hot food.
House & Parklands