The Victorian era 1840 – 1910

The Victorian era 1840 – 1910

World famous gardens, Friendly seals & An island paradise

Garinish Island also known as 'Ilnacullin' or 'Island of Holly' is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay in west Cork. The micro climate in this bay is caused by the warmer currents [...]

A castle to rival Balmoral in a spectacular location, Marilyn Monroe and Evictions

Glenveagh Castle is located in the stunning Glenveagh National Park in co.Donegal. It was built between 1867 and 1873 by Captain John Adair who tried to recreate a castle retreat better than Balmoral. He was also responsible [...]

Possibly Ireland’s most beautiful tea room with a great cause to have a cuppa

Deenagh Lodge, Killarney. co.Kerry was built in 1834 as a cottage orne. It is located at the entrance to Killarney National Park beside the Deenagh River. It was built using the local river reed which [...]

Carlow’s richest family, The IRA & Banshee’s

Ducketts Grove is located in Rainstown. co. Carlow. This great house was built between 1818-1850 and was once home to the Duckett family. The Duckett's were Carlow's largest landowners for 300 years with an estate [...]

One of the last great Victorian Baronial houses to be built in Ireland

This is Clonyn Castle in the village of Delvin in co.Westmeath. It was built in 1876 by the Nugent family - one of the oldest Norman families in Ireland. Sir Gilbert de Nugent, originally from [...]

One of Waterford’s most famous landmarks with great timing

The Clock Tower is located on Waterford Quays in Waterford City. It was built in 1863 when Waterford was Ireland's busiest industrial port. It had the largest ship building yards in the country (before being [...]

Victorian architecture, cricket and The Seat of Finn

Herdman's Mill was built in 1853 in the village of Sion Mills in co. Tyrone by the Herdman Brothers. The River Mourne has powered industrial machinery here since 1640 as this was also the site [...]

The O’Briens, The rich and famous and The Hill of Litigation

Dromoland Castle is located in Dromoland in co. Clare. This is one of the most beautiful and desirable 5* hotels in Ireland. It is believed that this location was the ancestral home of the O’Briens [...]

A fantasy castle, The Humes and a ground breaking court case

Humewood Castle was built in 1872 and is located in Kiltegan. co.Wicklow. The Humes formerly lived in a fortified tower house built here in the 15th century which has passed down through successive generations of the [...]

900 years of history, Thin Lizzy & Dana

This is the beautiful gatehouse for Clontarf Castle which along with the castle were totally remodeled in the 1830's. The original castle was built by the Norman, Hugh de Lacy, in 1172 near the site [...]

The Guinness family and Ireland’s premier accommodation for dignitaries

Farmleigh Estate is located in Phoenix Park, Dublin City and was originally a small Georgian house.. It was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness on his marriage to his cousin, Adelaide Guinness in 1873. Edward, the [...]

‘Claims’ to be the most haunted house in Ireland – don’t look back!!!

Loftus Hall is located on Hook Head in co.Wexford. This was originally the site of a castle built by a family called Redmonds in 1350. It later 'fell into the hands' of the Loftus family [...]

The first multi-storey steel-framed building to be constructed in Ireland & it’s no.1 tourist attraction

The building in which the Storehouse is located was constructed in 1902 as a fermentation plant for the St. James's Gate Brewery. It was designed in the style of the Chicago School of Architecture and [...]

A romantic love story with a sad ending & Benedictine nuns on the run

Kylemore Abbey is located in a beautiful glaciated valley in Connemara, co. Galway. It was built in 1871 as a private residence for Manchester Industrialists Mitchell and Margaret Henry. They had come to this area [...]

Eamon de Valera & a Russian cannon

This listed building is Ennis Courthouse. It was built in 1850 in a neoclassical style to the designs of Joseph B Keane and Henry Whitestone. The first attempt to hold a court in County Clare [...]

The Quiet Man, The Guinness Family and Ireland’s premier 5* resort

Ashford Castle is located in Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib in co. Mayo. This is a 5 star luxury hotel which has won numerous global awards. The oldest section of the castle dates [...]

One of the most beautiful and finest hotels in Ireland

Adare Manor is located in the beautiful village of Adare in co.Limerick. These lands were once owned by the powerful Norman Fitzgerald family who lost them during the reign of King Henry VII. They were [...]

Grip Fast, Paul McCartney & Winstown Churchill

Castle Leslie is locate in Glaslough in county Monaghan. The Leslie Family can trace their ancestry back to Atilla the Hun of Hungary and to a nobleman called Bartholomew Leslie. Bartholomew saved Margaret Queen of [...]

One of Dublin’s most iconic images & Don’t pass through when the bells toll

Trinity College Campanile is located in Trinity University in Dublin City. It stands nearly 100 foot tall, was built in 1853 to the designs of the famous Belfast architect Sir Charles Lanyon and has become [...]

One of the few schools in the World that can claim two Nobel laureates

Lumen Cristi College, located on Bishop Street, Derry City was formerly known as St Columb's College. It was built in 1879 and is one of the few schools in the world that can claim two [...]

A decision that kicked off the troubles in Northern Ireland….

This elegant building is Magee College, built in 1865 to the designs of the Dublin architect Edward Gribben in a Victorian Gothic style. At this time, Derry was a rapidly developing industrial centre and although [...]

Dedicated to the 13 Apprentice Boys who closed the city gates in 1688

The Apprentice Boys of Derry Memorial Hall is located on Society Street in Derry City. The building is dedicated to the memory of the 13 Apprentice Boys who closed the city gates in 1688 when [...]

Military barracks, MTV & Derry’s new cultural hub

The Clocktower Building is part of the Ebrington Barracks in Derry City that was used for soldiers' quarters and a military hospital. This site was originally known as 'Stronge's Orchard' and saw it's first action [...]

Belfast’s leaning tower of Pisa, The Albert & A famous landmark

The Albert Memorial Clock is located at Queen's Square in Belfast and is one of Belfast's best known landmarks. In 1865 a competition for the design of a memorial to Queen Victoria's late Prince Consort, [...]

One of the finest buildings of it’s era, Titanic craftsmanship & Durban City Hall

Belfast City Hall is located on Donegall Square in Belfast City. It is regarded as one of the finest buildings of it's era in the United Kingdom. Plans began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded [...]

The best views of Belfast Lough from one the finest Victorian superpads

Belfast Castle is set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park four hundred feet above sea level. It has spectacular views overlooking Belfast Lough and beautiful gardens. Belfast's original Norman castle built in the 12th [...]

Big Ben’s little brother, Bombed, burnt & rising from the ashes

This impressive piece of architecture is Derry's Guildhall. It was built in 1887 using red sandstone and it's eclectic style is described as neo-gothic with Tudor overtones. It has the 2nd largest clock face in [...]

One of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks, famine relief & a cow pasture

Scrabo Tower majestically stands 125 feet high on a hill 540 feet above sea level and is one of Northern Ireland's most famous landmarks. This site was originally the location of a great megalithic cairn, [...]

Galway’s beautiful university is ranked in top 1% in the World

Galway University opened it's doors on the 30th of October 1849 to 63 students and was then known as Queen's College. This was in fact one of three 'Queen's Colleges', the others two were located [...]

Once the World’s leading centre for shirt making

The Star Factory is located on Foyle Road in Derry City and was built in 1899 for The Messrs.Bayer Company. Between 1880 and the 1920's Derry was the principal seat of the shirt industry in the [...]

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