First opened to the public in 1960, Westport House & Grounds is one of Ireland’s best loved heritage attractions.
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The ultimate in old world heritage, Westport House really captures visitors’ imaginations. The beauty of the house itself and its stunning interior is complimented by its natural parkland and Lakeland setting, its proximity and connection to Westport town as well as a story, which goes back to Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connaught, and includes slave emancipators, pioneers and a family line that has survived alongside it.
Designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels, James Wyatt and Thomas Ivory in the 18th Century, it is one of Irelands’ most beautiful historic homes open to the public. It was built and is still privately owned by the Browne family who are direct descendants – in fact, 14th great grand-daughters – of the 16th century Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley.
With over 30 stunning rooms on show and 6 permanent exhibitions, thousands of original pieces of artwork, antiques and family-owned artefacts, this house will surely fascinate all culture vultures. But what makes Westport House particularly special is the fact that is more a family home than a museum and the Browne family hopes to have the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to you and yours.
Open daily at 10am from March 1st to early November.