[ Date: February 21, 2018 06:50 am ]
Westport House & Gardens
Web: www.westporthouse.ie Tel: 098 27766
Westport House & Gardens, first opened to the public is 1960; it is one of Ireland’s best loved heritage attractions. Having been family home to the Browne family for over 300 years, its roots trace back to Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connaught. As you can imagine – this house has some story to tell. With over 30 rooms open to the public, this house is one of the few historic houses in Ireland affording such access to visitors. There are several architecturally stunning rooms on show complete with original antiques and artwork most of which have a long association with Ireland and are of particular interest to our visitors.
Original items on show in Westport House, of particular interest, include a fine collection of old English and Irish silver, including 18th century Irish ‘potato’ or dish rings, Waterford glass, a library with many old Irish books and a Mayo Legion Flag which was brought to Ireland by General Humbert when he invaded the Country in 1798 and has ever since been in Westport House, which was occupied by his troops.
With a focus on preserving the heritage and history of this house, family, town and region, Westport House have developed some permanent exhibitions in the house, they are:
- The Grace O’Malley Exhibition: Written and developed by Sheelyn Browne, Joint Managing Director of Westport House, and Anne Chambers, historian and expert on Grace O’Malley, this is the country’s foremost exhibit on Grace O’Malley. It lives in the basement of Westport House adjacent to the dungeons from the Pirate Queen’s 16th century castle, the foundations upon which the House is built. It features panels depicting her meeting with the Queen, Howth Castle, as well as her life lived in the 16th century and a video presentation from RTE’s Radharc TV show shot in the 80’s.
- The Last 50 years at Westport House: Westport House added a new exhibition in 2011 on “The Last 50 Years at Westport House” that delves in more detail into how and why the 11th Marquess decided to keep the house open, fought to retain the house and land for his 5 daughters and you’ll find out who will be the 12th Marquess of Sligo…
- Howe Peter Browne – Champion of the slaves: This moving exhibition depicts the life of Howe Peter Browne, the 2nd Marquess of Sligo, with a focus on his participation in the emancipation of slaves in Jamaica in the 1800’s when he was Governor General of Jamaica in 1834-1836.
- Waxworks display of famous visitors to the West: To improve the visitors experience in Westport House from a cultural point of view, Jeremy introduced ten waxwork figures by Gems Display Figures of London in 2002. These constitute just a few of the West of Ireland’s great achievers in literature, music and the arts.
- The Browne’s & the development of the town of Westport: Set in the basement of Westport House, this nine panel exhibition charts the influence and investment of the Browne family in the development of the town including town planning, building of key landmarks and development of trades.
CHECK RECEPTION OR WEBSITE FOR OPENING TIMES
Special Discounted Rates available at reception for adults
Only €10.00 per adult
Westport House Pirate Adventure Park
Do you want a variety of things to do to excite the whole family? Looking for an experience that you’ll all cherish for years to come? Look no further! A Westport House Pirate Pass provides unlimited use of Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park all day to include the:
The Cannonball Run Slide: Sometimes known as the Slippery Dip, this 30 foot semi-covered slide appeals to all ages!
The Pirates Swinging Ship: Not for the faint of heart, the Pirate Queen will test your head for heights – and your stomach.
The Pirates Plunge Log Flume Ride: A Pirate Adventure Park favourite, the Pirates Plunge is a splash-tastic log flume water ride that guarantees to entertain.
Swan Pedaloe Boats On The Lake: Take the family out on beautiful Westport House lake on the 8 foot high Swan Pedaloe boats
Westport House Express: Take a ride on the miniature railway; it’s a short ride through the grounds and watch out for surprises around every corner.
Gracy’s Bouncing Castle: Set in the Pirates Haven, Gracy’s Bouncy Castle provides ideal fun for the younger members of the family. Children will have a ball!
The Pirate’s Den: Is a soft play area which provides a great indoor activity for younger kids.
Pirate’s Playground: Set adjacent to Gracy’s Bar & Cafe, The Pirates Playground offers a slide, climbing frames and rockers to entertain.
Opening Times available @ www.westporthouse.ie
Special Discounted Rates available at reception for:
Family Ticket – 2 adults & 2 children – €55 (Includes one day pass to Westport House & Gardens and Pirate Adventure Park)
Family Ticket – 2 adults & 4 children – €67.50 Includes one day pass to Westport House & Gardens and Pirate Adventure Park
The Wild West
The Wild West,
Westpoint Shopping Centre,
Altamount Street ,
(Across from the Train Station)
Irelands Only Indoor Play Village. The Wild West Is an exciting themed softplay village for children with a hosted activities programme during school holidays. While the kids are burning off their energy, the adults can relax in the White Buffalo Cafe which serves a wide variety of good tasty food and drinks.