Victorian

‘Possibly’ the most beautiful tea room in Ireland with the greatest cause

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 [...]

Carlows richest family, Banshee’s and the IRA

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Country life in Ireland, a Victorian gem and a modern classic

The Museum of Country Life is located in Turlough Village in co. Mayo. It was opened in 2001 and is the only national museum outside of Dublin. Turlough House was built in 1867 to the designs [...]

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 [...]

The Plunkett’s, Hugh de Lacy and a stunning new golf course

Killeen Castle is located in Dunsany in county Meath. The present structure was built in 1820 however there has been a castle on this site for 800 years starting when Hugh de Lacy built a [...]

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 [...]

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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