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Altidore Castle
Wicklow
Midlands East
Kilpedder
Tel. 0 1 281 9186
Georgian castle house.

Argory, The
Armagh
Northern Ireland
144 Derrycaw Rd, Moy, Dungannon
Tel. 028 8778 4753
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
Laois
Midlands East
Off the N7 Dublin to Limerick road between Borris-in-Ossory and Roscrea
Tel. 0 505 2145
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
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

Ballywalter Park
Down
Northern Ireland
Ballywalter, near Newtownards
Tel. 028 4275 8264 (to arrange appointment) or 028 4275 8203
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
Cork
South-west
Bantry (on eastern outskirts of the town, on the N71)
Tel. 027 50047
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
Cork
South-west
By Blarney Castle
Tel. not given; try contacting Blarney Castle at 021-438 5252
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
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Enniskillen
Tel. 028 6632 2690
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
Down
Northern Ireland
Strangford, Downpatrick, overlooking Lough Strangford
Tel. 028 4488 1204
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
Sligo
North-west
Castlebaldwin
Tel. 071 9161201
17th century sandstone ruins.

Castletown House
Kildare
Midlands East
Celbridge
Tel. 01 628 8252
Largest Palladian country mansion in Ireland; built c1722 for Irish House of Commons speaker William Conolly; coffee shop; parking.

Celbridge Abbey
Kildare
Midlands East
Clane Road, Celbridge
Tel. 01 6275508
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
Roscommon
West
Castlerea
Tel. 0907 20014
Ancestral home of the O’Conors, kings of Connaught.

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

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

Cutts House
Derry (Londonderry)
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
Armagh
Northern Ireland
Bessbrook, Newry
Tel. 028 3083 8361
National Trust property; 18th century thatched house in gentrified vernacular style.

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

Dunkathel House
Cork
South-west
Glanmire, from Cork city, off N25, turn left after roundabout
Tel. 021 4821014
Staircase of note, watercolours, period furniture, Adam fireplaces, gilt mirrors, organ.

Dunleckney Manor
Carlow
South-east
Bagenalstown
17th century Tudor-Gothic manor house.

Dunmain House
Wexford
South-east
11km south of New Ross on Fethard on Sea road, R734
Tel. 051 562122
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
Historic home of the Guinness family; art and silver collections; now used by the government for accommodation of visitors; garden; restaurant; special events; parking

Fifth Province
Derry (Londonderry)
Derry
4-22 Butcher St, Derry
Tel. 028 7137 3177
AV presentations to bring the history and culture of the Celts alive.

Florence Court Forest Park
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Enniskillen
Tel. 028 6634 8249
National Trust property; 18th century house and estate.

Fota House, Wildlife Park and Arboretum
Cork
South-west
Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, off N25 Cork-Waterford road, Cobh exit
Tel. 353 21 481 5543
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
Roscommon
West
Boyle, town center by the Shambles Yard
Tel. 071 966 3513
1750 house and garden with architectural features, plasterwork, Adams fireplace.

Furness House
Kildare
Midlands East
Furness, by Naas
Tel. 045 879 463
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

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Harbour Museum
Derry (Londonderry)
Derry
Harbour Square, Derry
Tel. 028 7137 7331
Museum is focussed on the maritime and river history of the city.

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

Hillsborough Castle
Antrim
Northern Ireland
The Square, Hillsborough
Tel. 028 9268 1309
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
Sligo
North-west
Strandhill Road, Sligo
Tel. 353 71 916 2787.
Georgian house.

Killycarnan House
Tyrone
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
Sligo
North-west
Drumcliffe
Tel. 0 87 629 6928
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
Westmeath
Midlands East
Castlepollard
Tel. 044 61226
Early 18th century house.

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Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Wind
Down
Northern Ireland
Portaferry Rd, Newtownards
Tel. 028 4278 8387
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
Meath
Midlands East
Navan
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)
South-west
Ross Rd from Killarney
Muckross, Killarney National Park
Tel. 353 64 31440
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
Fingal
Greater Dublin
Newbridge, Donabate, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 843 6064 for garden
Tel. 0 1 843 6534 for house.

No 29, Dublin
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Fitzwilliam St Lower, Dublin 2
Tel. 01 702 6165
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.
Home of the famous author.

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Parkes Castle
Leitrim
North-west
Lough Gill, Fivemile Bourne
Tel. 071 916 4149
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)
Derry
Prehen Rd, Derry
Tel. 02871 342829 for appt to view
Early Georgian family house, designed by Irish architect next to historic woodland. Available for conferences.

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Riverstown House
Cork
South-west
Glanmire
Tel. 021 4821205
House of 1602 with plasterwork.

Russborough House
Wicklow
Midlands East
Russborough, Blessington, on N81
Tel. 0 45 865239
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.
Birthplace of the famous author.

Somerville House
Meath
Midlands East
Balrath, Navan
Tel. 041 9825184
1760 mansion.

Springhill House
Derry (Londonderry)
20 Springhill Rd, Moneymore
Tel. 028 8674 8210
National Trust; guided tours of plantation house; costume collection, walled gardens, tearoom, shop.

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

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

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Westport House, Gardens, and Country Park
Mayo
West
Westport
Tel. 098 25430
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
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
28 Spout Road, two miles south-east Strabane, on B536
Tel.028 7138 2204
Home connected by family ancestry to 28th president of the US.

Woodbrook House
Wicklow
Midlands East
Dublin Road, Bray
Tel. 0 1 282 1421
Georgian style period house incorporating 18th century farmhouse with drawing room, dining room, library.

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