The Victorian era 1840 – 1910

During the 19th century, British architecture continued to influence building styles in Ireland. As Dublin missed out on much of the industrial revolution, Belfast grew and became the largest city and one of the British Empire’s great powerhouses for engineering, ship building, linen and commerce.

Notable building types: include banks, industrial buildings, church spires, mock-castles, museums, universities & statues

These are some of the most significant buildings, landmarks and monuments from the Victorian period.

A 5 Star Beauty in the wilds of Donegal

Lough Eske Castle, Lough Eske. County Donegal           1868 Lough Eske was once part of the domain of the powerful O’Donnell clan who ruled from the nearby Donegal Castle for hundreds of years. After the Flight of [...]

An Island paradise, World famous gardens & friendly seals

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

Evictions, Classy parties and a hunting estate to rival Balmoral

Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh National Park. County Donegal     1867 Glenveagh Castle was built in 1867 by John George Adair, a wealthy land speculator from Co. Laois. His dream was to create a beautiful hunting estate [...]

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

Deenagh Lodge, Killarney National Park. County Kerry      1834 Deenagh Lodge is classified as a ‘cottage orne’ or ornamental cottage. It was built in 1834 and is located near the entrance of Killarney National Park beside [...]

Carlow’s richest family, The IRA & Banshees

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

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 (formerly St Columb’s College). Derry City       1879 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 [...]

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, Queen's Square. Belfast City        1869 The Albert Memorial Clock is sometimes described as Belfast’s answer to Pisa’s leaning tower, its tilt caused by the fact it is constructed on reclaimed land [...]

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, Cavehill. Belfast City        1870 Belfast Castle is set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park at 400 feet above sea level. It has beautiful gardens and spectacular views overlooking Belfast Lough. Belfast's first [...]

A Victorian masterpiece, Big Ben’s little brother, Bombed & burnt (but still telling the time)

The Guildhall, Derry City          1887 This impressive piece of architecture is Derry's Guildhall. It was built in 1887 using red sandstone and its eclectic style is described as ‘neo-Gothic with Tudor overtones’. It has the [...]

One of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks

Scrabo Tower, Newtownards. County Down         1857 Scrabo Tower stands majestically 125 feet high on a hill 540 feet above sea level and is one of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks. The site was originally the [...]

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, Foyle Road, Derry City         1899 The Star Factory 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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