The cluster of ancient structures around Bru na Boinne are designated as a World Heritage Site pre-date the pyramids and are extremely sophisticated in their construction.
They also show that the ancient people who built them had extensive knowledge of celestial movements – all of them are aligned to in some way connect with the Summer or Winter solstice.Read More
Built around 1500, and a typical urban tower house of that time, Desmond Castle has had a varied, if not always illustrious, serving variously as a home, a prison, a workhouse, a tollhouse and now a museum.
It now houses a Wine Museum, documenting Ireland’s surprisingly extensive involvement in European wine making since as early as 1412.Read More
Tullynally has been home to the Pakenham family for more that 350 years, and still is.
It’s very much a living home but has changed relatively little over the years and its interior gives a wonderful glimpse into how life was lived, both upstairs and downstairs, in Ireland’s great houses.Read More
Emo Court is a Gandon designed Georgian house at the centre of a huge landscaped estate of gardens, walks and grand vistas.
There is an arboretu with some splendid specimen trees and it’s a wonderful place for kid’s who are feeling a bit cooped up in the car to get out and race around in a safe and open place.Read More
This beautiful Palladian mansion is one of the finest historic houses in Ireland, and it’s terrible to think how close it came to being lost. That it is in such fine condition to-day is thanks to the devotion of one man – Desmond Guinness.
The house and its occupants have always been at the heart of Irish political, cultural and social life and it’s history is endlessly fascinating. This is a must see.Read More
A branch of the National Museum, which concentrates on clothing, tools, toys and other household items giving an insight into day to day living in Ireland’s past.
There is a year round schedule of events here which makes it an always lively and interesting place to visit. Kids, even those not normally enthused by museums, love this one.Read More
Altamount Gardens is a place apart, a wonderland of interconnecting gardens, riverside walks and woodlands of incredible beauty and peacefulness.
It change remarkably through the seasons, and is particularly lovely in late Spring, when the rhododendrons are in bloom, and early Autumn when the trees are in glorious colour.Read More
A 19th century castle built in a Norman style, Gosforth in Co Armagh is surrounded by excellent walks and trails trough its gardens, woodlands, arboretum and rare breeds farm.
The castle is one of the largest ever built in Ireland and although it looks Norman was in fact built by a relatively impoverished nobleman with big ideas in the 19th century.Read More