Big Houses and Mansions

Moore Abbey, Monasterevin. co.Kildare 1767

Moore Abbey stands on an ancient site that was originally the 7th century monastery of St Evin. In the 12th century it became a rich and powerful Cistercian Monastery and after the suppression of the [...]

Strokestown Park House, Strokestown. co.Roscommon 1730

Strokestown Park House, set on 300 acres of parklands is one of Ireland's finest and most intact Palladian mansions. It's centre block was completed in 1696 but was extended around 1730 by the famous architect Richard [...]

Bishops Palace, Armagh City. co. Armagh 1770

The Bishop's Palace in Armagh is a beautiful Neo-Classical building situated in 300 acres of parkland. This was the residence of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 to 1975. It was built [...]

Beaulieu House, Drogheda. co. Louth 1680

The beautiful Beaulieu House, located 3 miles from the town of Drogheda is a rare example of a late c.17th mansion that stills exists in Ireland without alterations. This was originally the site of a [...]

The Bishop’s Palace, Waterford City. co.Waterford 1741

The Bishop’s Palace in Waterford City was built in 1741 and designed by the famous architect Richard Castle. This was the site of an earlier medieval palace and became the home of the Church of [...]

Marlay House, Marlay Park. co. Dublin – 1764

Marlay House is located in 300 acres of the parklands in south Dublin. The origins of this estate can be traced back to the Anglo Norman conquest of Ireland.  The original house here was built [...]

Florence Court, Enniskillen. co.Fermanagh 1755

Florence Court was the former home of 'The Earls of Enniskillene' and is regarded as one of the great houses of Ireland and a fascinating example of mid-18th century Irish Palladian architecture. It was built [...]

Buncrana Castle, Buncrana. co.Donegal 1718 (Bun Cranncha-‘foot of the River Crana’)

During the 18th century large manor houses like this one were known as 'Castles'. This house was built by Colonel George Vaughan between 1716-18 and is the earliest and most important of the big houses [...]

Humewood Castle, Kiltegan. co. Wicklow – 1870

Humewood Castle is a large Gothic-fantasy mansion built in 1870 in 427 acres of parkland as the private residence of the Hume family. This 3-story 12 bedroom mansion is flanked with towers and has all [...]

Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park. Dublin City 1884 (fionn uisce-“clear water’)

Farmleigh was originally a small Georgian house built in the late 1700's in the west corner of Phoenix Park. It was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness on his marriage to his cousin, Adelaide Guinness in [...]

Portumna Castle, Portumna. co. Galway 1618

Portumna Castle is a very interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house and the neoclassical large country manor. It was built in 1618 on the banks of Lough [...]

Prehen House, Prehen. Derry City – 1740

Prehen House is an absolute gem and should really be one of the north west's top attractions. This historic early Irish Georgian styled Manor House was built in 1740 with the finest materials for Andrew [...]

Westport House, Westport. co. Mayo – 1730

Westport House was built in 1730 and is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful historic homes. It was designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt. Cassels, born in German, also [...]

Russborough House, Blessington. co. Wicklow – 1741

Russborough is often referred to as Ireland's most beautiful house. It is also Ireland's longest, with a facade of over 700 feet in length. It was designed by Richard Cassels, one of the greatest architects [...]

Ashford Castle, Cong. co. Mayo – b.1881 on earlier Norman site

The architecture of Ashford Castle dates from several eras. The oldest section is a 13th-century Norman castle that once belonged to the de Burgh family. A house styled like a French château (the original Ashford [...]

Castle Durrow, Durrow. co.Laois – 1716 (Darú-‘Plain of the Oaks’)

This beautiful 'country pile' is Castle Durrow. It was built between 1712 and 1716 as a family home by Captain William Flower who was the member of parliament for Kilkenny. He later became the 1st [...]

Newbridge House, Donabate. co.Dublin – 1736

Newbridge House is a beautiful perfect example of an early Georgian mansion. It was built in 1736 for the Archbishop Charles Cobb and designed by the famous Irish architect George Semple (1700-1782) and the Scottish [...]

Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan. co.Dublin – 1738

Ardgillan Castle is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the town of Skerries and has spectacular views out to the Irish Sea and up to the Mourne Mountains in co. Down. The name 'Ardgillan' is [...]

Emo Court, Emo. co.Laois -1790

Emo Court is a country villa designed, but not built by the famous architect James Gandon (1742 - 1823). Gandon is best known for his great public buildings in Dublin which include 'The Custom House' [...]

Carton House, Maynooth. co.Kildare – 1739

Carton House was built in 1739 for the Fitzgerald family. It was designed by the famous architect Richard Cassels whose other works include Leinster House, Powerscourt House, The Connoly Folly and Russborough House. The history [...]

Castletown House, Celbridge. co.Kildare – 1729

Castletown is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house and is significant in terms of European architectural heritage. It's façade was almost certainly designed by the Italian architect, Alessandro Galilei and the Irish architect Sir [...]

Belfast Castle, Antrim Road. Belfast City – 1870

Belfast Castle is set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park  400 feet above sea level with stunning views overlooking Belfast Lough. Belfast's original Norman castle built in the 12th century in what is now [...]

Dungiven Castle, Dungiven. co.Derry – 1836

Dungiven Castle was the ancestral home of the O'Cahan clan who ruled the area between the 12th and 17th Century. Danny Boy, one of the most recorded melodies ever composed was originally called O'Cahan’s Lament. [...]

Powerscourt House, Enniskerry. co.Wicklow – 1741

Powerscourt House was built in 1741 and is one of Ireland's finest mansions. It is situated in exquisite formal gardens under the watch of Sugar loaf Mountain. It was designed by the famous German architect [...]

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