Russborough House & Parklands

Blessington, Co. Wicklow, W91 C640


Russborough House was designed by German Architect, Richard Cassells, for the 1st Earl of Milltown in 1742. It Is home to one of the most impressive private art collections in Ireland, including Gainsborough, Singer Sargent and van Ostade, all of which may be viewed by taking a guided tour of the house.



The Exhibition centre opened in 2014, offers a fascinating insight into the history, lives and stories of Russborough and it’s owners from the 18th century to the present day.



Sir Alfred & Lady Beit, heirs to a fortune made in diamond mining, purchased Russborough house and it’s parklands in 1952. In these new owners Russborough was fortunate to find custodians with both the means and passion to maintain it. Over the course of two decades the Beits added their unrivalled collection of Old Master paintings, furnishings and decorative arts to the house.



In 1976 Sir Alfred transferred the ownership of Russborough to the Alfred Beit Foundation, a Charitable trust established to promote the advancement of education in the fine arts and to enrich the cultural life of the nation by promoting art, craft and music. 



The house opened to the Public in 1978 so that visitors from all over the world could experience firsthand the grandeur of Ireland’s architectural heritage and the Beits’ art collection.  Russborough now plays host to more than 100,000 people each year.



Over the years, outdoor activities were added to the parklands for Family Fun, like a Maze, Fairy trail, Playground & a Tree trail. There is a well stocked Gift Shop and a  Restaurant. There is a separate free Coach park and a Car park with a €2 entry fee. This €2 entry fee allows Families to visit the Playground without purchasing a ticket for the House. Family tickets are available at a cost of €15 per Family for the Maze, Fairy trail, tree trail & playground.



 



 


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Russborough House & Parklands
Admission Rates
Admission charges for the guided house tour; Adults €12.00, Seniors & Students €9.00 per person
Children aged 6 to 16 €6.00 and a Family ticket (2 Adults & 4 children under 16 years) cost €30.00.
This ticket covers the Maze also.

These rates include a Private Tour of the house.

In 2017 we introduced a 2 km Audio walking tour of the Demesne in English at a cost of €3 per person including Podcatcher.

In 2018 this walking tour will be available in German, French, Italian & Spanish. There are 15 stops along the route giving the History
and folklore of Russborough and surrounding areas.

Tour operators rates available on request from friedaoconnell@russborough.ie
Directions
Located 20km from Dublin, Russborough is just off the N81 and easy to get to from anywhere in Ireland. Use the map to get directions from wherever you are.

GPS Lat 53.135517 Long 6.572386
Facilities
- House Tour & Exhibitions
- Award Winning Tea Rooms
- Parklands Walks
- The Maze
- Children's Playground
- Fairy Trail
- Audio Trail
- Tree Trail
- Walled Garden
- The Bird of Prey Centre
- Artisans of Russborough
- The Blessington Greenway
Opening Times
Opening hours for 2018:

Between 1 & 17th March (please check our website for details before visiting)
Days & hours of opening:
7 days Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission to house 4.55 p.m.