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Altidore Castle
Midlands East
Tel. 0 1 281 9186
Open: Feb, May, Sep, noon-6pm; call ahead
Georgian castle house

Argory, The
Northern Ireland
144 Derrycaw Rd, Moy, Dungannon
Tel. 028 8778 4753
Open: House: May-end June and Sep, weekends, 2-5.30pm; July-end Aug, daily, 2-5.30pm; by guided tour only; Grounds: year round, daily; Oct-end April, 10am-4pm; May-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm
National Trust property; Irish gentry house of the 1820s; 320 acre riverside estate; spring bulbs; woodland walks; shop; adventure playground; tea-room; parking

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Ballaghmore Castle
Midlands East
Off the N7 Dublin to Limerick road between Borris-in-Ossory and Roscrea
Tel. 0 505 2145
Open: daily, 10am-6pm
Although rented out as a hotel, guided tours of the castle are given; built 1480, restored in 19th century
Web: Castle Ballaghmore

Ballindoolin House and Garden
Offaly (North)
Midlands East
Carbury, near Edenderry on the R401
Tel. 046 973 1430
Open: May-end July, Wed-Sun, noon-6pm
1822 house with original plasterwork, joinery and fireplaces, historic furniture; heritage and nature trail through woodland with beech, oak, sycamore, horse chestnut, hornbeam, hazel, holly, and scots pine; walled kitchen garden; iron age mound, dove cote, lime kiln, children’s farmyard, museum with items from the house; craft shop; restaurant; parking
Web: Ballindoolin House and Garden

Ballywalter Park
Northern Ireland
Ballywalter, near Newtownards
Tel. 028 4275 8264 (to arrange appointment) or 028 4275 8203
Open: by appointment only
Historic Houses Association member; Grade A listed house of 1846-50; 60 ft long hall; drawing room; library; conservatory; pleasure grounds; walled garden; rhododendron collection
Web: Ballywalter Park

Bantry House and Gardens
Bantry (on eastern outskirts of the town, on the N71)
Tel. 027 50047
Open: March-Oct, daily, 10am-6pm
House has collection of tapestries, furniture, and art treasures; Italianate gardens; parterre; fountain; azaleas and rhododendron; tea-room; parking; bed and breakfast accommodation
Web: Bantry House

Blarney Castle House
By Blarney Castle
Tel. not given; try contacting Blarney Castle at 021-438 5252
Open: by guided tours only or by appointment; Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm
Built 1874 in Scottish baronial design by same architect who designed Belfast Castle; furniture; family portraits; tapestries; works of art; woodland walks

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Castle Coole
Northern Ireland
Tel. 028 6632 2690
Open: house, tea-room, shop, by guided tour only: mid March-mid April, May, and Sep, weekends only 1am-5pm; last two weeks April, June July, Aug, daily, 11am-5pm; grounds daily, year round, 10am-4pm in Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec; unntil 7pm March-end Oct; check National Trust website for exact monthly dates
National Trust property; neo-classical 18th century mansion and landscaped park; state bedroom; walks; music events; tea-room; shop; parking
For full details see our feature and photos at Castle Coole

Castle Ward
Northern Ireland
Strangford, Downpatrick, overlooking Lough Strangford
Tel. 028 4488 1204
Open: grounds, Oct-end March, daily, 10am-4pm; April-end Sep, daily, 10am-8pm; house, some days in March; April-end June, and 3 weeks in Sep, weekends, 1-6pm; July-end Aug, daily, 1-6pm; see NT website for exact dates
National Trust property; 18th-century eccentric house with two distinctly different styles, classical and Gothic; Old Castle Ward; 332-hectare (820-acre) walled demesne; walking trails; exotic garden; woodland; Temple Water; wildlife centre; vistas; farmyard; children's pastimes centre; laundry room; cornmill; lead mine; saw mill; stableyard; shop; second-hand bookshop; tea-room; caravan site

Castlebaldwin House
Tel. 071 9161201
17th century sandstone ruins

Castletown House
Midlands East
Tel. 01 628 8252
Open: Easter Sun and Mon, 1-6pm; April-Sep, Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm, on weekends, 1-6pm; Oct, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sun & Bank Hols, 1-5pm; Nov, Sun, 1-5pm; by 45 min guided tour only
Largest Palladian country mansion in Ireland; built c1722 for Irish House of Commons speaker William Conolly; coffee shop; parking

Celbridge Abbey
Midlands East
Clane Road, Celbridge
Tel. 01 6275508
Open: year round Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, on Sun and BH from noon
Historical guided tours; tea-room

Charleville Castle
Offaly (North)
Midlands East
One mile south of Tullamore
Tel. 0506 23040
19th century gothic revival building

Clonalis House
Tel. 0907 20014
Open: June-mid Sep, Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm
Ancestral home of the O’Conors, kings of Connaught

Clunagh House
Offaly (North)
Midlands East
Tel. 0506 52357
18th century house; gardens

Coppingers Court
Rosscarbery, minor road to Glandore
Tel. 021 4273251
Ruined, fortified 17th century manor house

Cutts House
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Coleraine; From Coleraine Strand roundabout follow Castleroe Road to village (0.75) miles. Gates are opposite Salmon Leap pub.
Tel. 028 7034 4723
Listed three-bay, two storey house built in 1859.

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Derrymore House
Northern Ireland
Bessbrook, Newry
Tel. 028 3083 8361
Open: house, May-end Aug, 2-5.30pm Thu-Sat, house by guided tour only; grounds daily, 10am-8pm May-end Sep, rest of year until 4pm.
National Trust property; 18th century thatched house in gentrified vernacular style

Dunboyne Castle
Midlands East
Tel. 01 8255210
18th century mansion

Dunkathel House
Glanmire, from Cork city, off N25, turn left after roundabout
Tel. 021 4821014
Open: May-mid Oct, Wed-Sun, 2-6pm.
Staircase of note, watercolours, period furniture, Adam fireplaces, gilt mirrors, organ.

Dunleckney Manor
Open: March, May and Aug. phone for appointment, 059 9721932
17th century Tudor-Gothic manor house

Dunmain House
11km south of New Ross on Fethard on Sea road, R734
Tel. 051 562122
Open: June-Aug, 2-5.30pm by appointment only for groups.
17th century house, ghosts, guided tour.

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Farmleigh House
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15
Tel. 0 1 815 5900
Open: March-mid Dec, Thu-Sun, 10am-5pm but phone for confirmation; house by guided tour
Historic home of the Guinness family; art and silver collections; now used by the government for accommodation of visitors; garden; restaurant; special events; parking
Web: Farmleigh House

Fifth Province
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
4-22 Butcher St, Derry
Tel. 028 7137 3177
Open: showings Mon-Fri, 11.30am and 2.30pm.
AV presentations to bring the history and culture of the Celts alive.

Florence Court Forest Park
Northern Ireland
Tel. 028 6634 8249
Open: various days, phone or check website for details.
National Trust property; 18th century house and estate

Fota House, Wildlife Park and Arboretum
Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, off N25 Cork-Waterford road, Cobh exit
Tel. 353 21 481 5543
Open: house open mid March-end Dec, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm (last admission time); Oct-March, Mon-Sun and BH, 11am-4pm; arboretum open April-Oct, Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm, Sun, 11am-6pm; Nov-March Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm, Sun, 11am-5pm
Regency style house and arboretum and gardens in 780 acres; 1000 species of trees and shrubs; orangery; magnolias; rhododendrons; roses; orangery; Italian walled gardens; fernery; multi media programs; shop; tearoom; parking; picnic area

Frybrook House
Boyle, town center by the Shambles Yard
Tel. 071 966 3513
Open: June-end Aug, Wed-Sun, 2-6pm by appointment
1750 house and garden with architectural features, plasterwork, Adams fireplace

Furness House
Midlands East
Furness, by Naas
Tel. 045 879 463
Open: end first week April-end first week June, daily, 10am-2pm; one hour tours from 10am-1pm
Palladian style 1700s house; plasterwork; woodcarvings; medieval church built 550, extended 1210 with one of oldest living yews in churchyard; bronze age 200-foot diameter earth circle with 20-foot standing stone at centre; parking
Web: Furness House

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Harbour Museum
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Harbour Square, Derry
Tel. 028 7137 7331
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm, 2-5pm
Museum is focussed on the maritime and river history of the city.

Harristown House
Midlands East
Between Kilcullen and Naas on Dunlavin Rd.
Tel. 045 483614
Historic 18th century house

Hillsborough Castle
Northern Ireland
The Square, Hillsborough
Tel. 028 9268 1309
Open: by guided tour only, contact directly
18th century mansion home of governor of Northern Ireland, then residence of secretary of state for Northern Ireland; home to royal family when visiting; furniture, works of art.

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Kevinsfort House
Strandhill Road, Sligo
Tel. 353 71 916 2787.
Open: June-end Aug, Tue-Sat, 10am-2pm.
Georgian house

Killycarnan House
Northern Ireland
11 Altadaven Road, off A28 Augher-Aughnacloy Road
Tel. 028 8776 7259
Multi-gabled Victorian villa, 1859; built of coursed rubble with ashlar dressings.

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Lissadell House
Tel. 0 87 629 6928
Open: by previous arrangement only
1830 example of Greek Revival house, built of grey limestone; gallery; drawing room; grand staircasel dining room; billiard room; servants' rooms; artefacts; alpine garden; kitchen garden; rockery; woodland walks; tea-room; shop; park at beach car park and walk to house; music events
Web: Lissadell House

Lough Park House
Midlands East
Tel. 044 61226
Open 1-20 March, 1-9 May, 3-9 June, 1-2 July, 19-25 Aug, 16-30 Sep, 2-6pm
Early 18th century house

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Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Wind
Northern Ireland
Portaferry Rd, Newtownards
Tel. 028 4278 8387
Open: Gardens, house and temple varying times and days; check by phone or on National Trust website for full details
National Trust property; 80 acres of gardens and 78 acres of grounds; famous outdoor room gardens are formal; specimen trees, Italian garden, Spanish garden, terrace with stone carvings, sunken garden, shamrock garden, lakeside gardens, rare plants, woodland, lilies, poppies, rhododendron glades, temple of the winds; allow a full day to visit; restaurant; parking; shop

Mountainstown House
Midlands East
Tel. 046 9054154 or 046 9054195
Historic house on 800-acre estate with working farm, self-catering cottages, and b and b.

Muckross House, Gardens and Farms
Kerry (South)
Ross Rd from Killarney
Muckross, Killarney National Park
Tel. 353 64 31440
Open: House: mid March-June, Sep-Oct, daily, 9am-6pm; July-Aug, daily, 9am-7pm; Oct, Nov-mid March, daily, 9am-5.30pm. Farms: mid March-April, Sat, Sun and BH, 1-6pm; May, daily, 1-6pm; June-Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; last admission one hour before closing
Victorian mansion with furnished rooms; downstairs servant rooms; gardens noted for azaleas and rhododendrons; water garden; rock garden; traditional crafts; farm has traditional rural life with animals and machinery; vintage coach tours the farms; exhibitions; craft shop; self-guided trails; car park; coffee shop; restaurant
Web: Muckross House

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Newbridge House and Garden
Greater Dublin
Newbridge, Donabate, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 843 6064 for garden
Tel. 0 1 843 6534 for house
Open: Garden: June-Sep, 10am-1pm, 2-5pm, on Sun and BH from 2-6pm; Oct-March, on Sat, Sun and BH, 2-5pm. House: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun and PH, 2-6pm; closed every day from 1-2pm; Oct-March, Sat, Sun and PH, 2-5pm.

No 29, Dublin
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Fitzwilliam St Lower, Dublin 2
Tel. 01 702 6165
Open: by 30 minute tour; Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 2pm-5pm; closed two weeks before Christmas
Historic house built 1794; shows life in Dublin from 1790-1820; furnished rooms; tearoom; shop

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Oscar Wilde House
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
No. 1, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Tel. 0 1 662 0281.
Open: by guided tour Mon, Wed, and Thu, at 10.15am and 11.15am only.
Home of the famous author.

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Parkes Castle
Lough Gill, Fivemile Bourne
Tel. 071 916 4149
Open: April-end May and Oct, 10am-5pm, Tue-Sun; June-Sep, 9.30am-6.30pm, daily; tours every hour
Restored plantation castle of early 17th century on shores of Lough Gill; 16th century tower house once located in the courtyard; parking; tea-room; exhibition

Prehen House
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Prehen Rd, Derry
Tel. 02871 342829 for appt to view
Open: phone for seasonal opening hours or contact The Secretary, Prehen House, Londonderry, BT47 2PB, UK.
Early Georgian family house, designed by Irish architect next to historic woodland. Available for conferences.

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Riverstown House
Tel. 021 4821205
Open: May-mid Sep, Wed-Sat, 2-6pm or by appointment.
House of 1602 with plasterwork

Russborough House
Midlands East
Russborough, Blessington, on N81
Tel. 0 45 865239
Open: April and Oct, Sun and BH, 10am-5pm; May-Sep, daily, 10am-5pm; by guided tour only
Historic house built 1741-1750 with paintings from the Beit collection; furniture; tapestries; silver; gardens; views of Blessington Lakes and Wicklow mountains; craft workshops; cafe; shop; parking
Web: Russborough House

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Shaw Birthplace
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
33 Synge St, Dublin 8.
Tel. 01 475 0854.
Open: May-end Sep, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 10am-5pm, closed 1pm-2pm; Sat, Sun and public holidays, 2-5pm.
Birthplace of the famous author.

Somerville House
Midlands East
Balrath, Navan
Tel. 041 9825184
Open year round from 9am-3p, Sat, Sun and Mon.
1760 mansion

Springhill House
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
20 Springhill Rd, Moneymore
Tel. 028 8674 8210
Open: mid March-June and Sep, weekends and BH, noon-6pm; Easter, July-Aug, daily; first two weekends Oct, 12-pm.
National Trust; guided tours of plantation house; costume collection, walled gardens, tearoom, shop.

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Threecastles Oldcourt
Midlands East
5km north-east of Blessington
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Rectangular tower house built early 15th century; barrel vault roof at top of third storey; fireplace; turret stair leading to roof

Turbotstown House
Midlands East
Coole near Castlepollard
Tel. 044 61211
Georgian mansion

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Westport House, Gardens, and Country Park
Tel. 098 25430
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 11.30am-5.30pm
18th century house; home of pirate queen Grace O’Malley; old English and Irish silver; Waterford glass; long gallery; dining room; library with old Irish books; lake; terraces; gardens; carvan and camping; shop; children's animal park and playground; pitch and putt; miniature train ride; parking
Web: Westport House

Wilson Ancestral Home
Northern Ireland
28 Spout Road, two miles south-east Strabane, on B536
Tel.028 7138 2204
Open: by guided tour, July-Aug, Tue-Sun, 2-5pm or by arrangement.
Home connected by family ancestry to 28th president of the US.

Woodbrook House
Midlands East
Dublin Road, Bray
Tel. 0 1 282 1421
Open: March-July, Mon, Wed, Fri, 9am-1pm. Shown by guided tour.
Georgian style period house incorporating 18th century farmhouse with drawing room, dining room, library.

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