Beautiful Historic Houses & Gardens open for Heritage week
There’s a huge programme of interesting & family friendly events running all over Ireland for this years Heritage week, which runs from August 19th to 27th. Many events are free and provide incredible insights into the great work our communities do to preserve and promote Ireland’s rich heritage.
From the firing of canons at Millmount in Drogheda to watching whales & dolphins from Hook head Lighthouse in Wexford, there’s lots of fun to be had for all the family.
Hidden Ireland’s historic houses are uniquely positioned in the fabric of Ireland’s natural, architectural and cultural heritage, and to celebrate Heritage week, some of our members have opened their houses and gardens to the general public for the whole week (admission fees may apply - please check with the owners).
The following Hidden Ireland historic houses and gardens are open for up to 4 hours a day throughout Heritage week:
- Lorum Old Rectory, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
- Mount Vernon, The Burren, Co. Clare
- Ash Hill, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick
- Hilton Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan
- Castlecoote House, Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon
- Clonalis House, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
- Temple House, Ballymote, Co. Sligo
- Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens, Campile, Co. Wexford
- Woodbrook House, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
- Enniscoe House & Gardens, Ballina, Co. Mayo
- Lismacue House, Bansha, Co. Tipperary
For a full list of over 200 historic houses and gardens open throughout Ireland for Heritage week, please see the Heritage week website here.
Experience a little of the Irish magic
Staying at a Hidden Ireland house is like stepping back in history to a life of Georgian grandeur or Victorian splendour but with all the comforts of modern living. A great example of this is Collon House on Ardee street in Collon, Co. Louth - steeped in history and full of character and charm; its gracious rooms are exquisitely furnished with period antiques and paintings, retaining the atmosphere of early Georgian living – no better place to immerse yourself in the diverse choice of heritage events around Louth, Meath, Drogheda and the Boyne Valley!
Heritage Week events for Louth & Meath
- Continuing exhibition at the Francis Ledwige centre, Slane
- Free admission to the Battle of the Boyne Centre, Oldbridge
- Boyne Currach open day at the Boyne centre
- Hill of Slane tours, Slane
- Guided tours of Medieval Carlingford.
- Open day at Townley Hall, Slane Road, Drogheda
- Ardee Concert Band in Concert at Old Mellifont Abbey
Events on Sunday 27th August
- Ardee Archers at Old Mellifont Abbey,
- Vintage ploughing and family day, Berrils Field between Drogheda and Collon
- Childrens fun day at the Irish Military War Museum, Collon
- Firing of the cannons, Millmount, Drogheda
- Native Dog breeds of Ireland event, Oldbridge House
- Seafood Rocks Festival 2017, Live music on two stages, cookery demos, family fun, Clogherhead.
Rossnaree is another delightful Hidden Ireland house perched on the banks of the Boyne and overlooking the five thousand year-old passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth - another gem from which to soak up a feast of Boyne valley heritage.
There’s only a week a or 2 left before the kids go back school too, so why not treat the family to a few days away at a historic Hidden Ireland house to reconnect with each other and celebrate the best of our natural, built and cultural heritage together.
For the full list of events on around the country, please check the Heritage week website here.