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Westport House & Gardens – one of Ireland’s best-loved heritage attractions

There has been a ‘big house’ on this site since the 1500’s, when Grace O Malley, the famous Pirate Queen, built one of her many castles here.

The current House – built in 1730 by the Browne family – has an abundance of artefacts, artwork and treasures that will fascinate all culture-vultures with a total of 30 immaculately preserved rooms on show.  With tales of pirates, pioneers and slave emancipators, you should not leave Mayo without paying a visit.

Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park has welcomed over 4.5 million visitors with its range of heritage, family-fun, camping and adventure activity offerings. It truly offers something for everyone in the family – from grand-parents, to mum & dad, teens, young ones and even toddlers.

18th Century Westport House was opened to the public in 1960  by Jeremy Browne (the 11th Marquess of Sligo) and his family, who are direct descendants of Grace O’ Malley, the famous 16th Century Pirate Queen of Connaught.   From small beginnings of 2,700 visitors in 1960, it has become one of Ireland’s best loved attractions and was recently voted one of the Best Family Visitor Attractions in Ireland by Primary Times magazine.  Westport House was bought in 2017 by another long-standing local family, the Hughes family.

The jewel in the crown of the West, you cannot visit Mayo without stopping in.

Westport House & Gardens is a culture-lover’s delight, offering:

  • Westport House library

    The library at Westport House, home to some fascinating and rare books.

    30 rooms open to the public, affording some of the best access to a historic house in all of Ireland

  • Several architecturally stunning rooms including highlights such as the marble staircase in the Entrance hall, the intimate book-laden library, wedgewood inspired Dining Room, the red bedroom and more
  • Original artwork and antiques on show
  • 4 permanent exhibitions including Ireland’s foremost exhibition on Grace O’Malley, Pirate Queen of Connaught, a Waxwork Display of Famous Visitors to the West, Howe Peter – Champion of the Slaves and “The Last 50 Years” at Westport House chronicling the opening of Westport House to the public in 1960 through to today
  • Guided tours during high-season (and self-guided tours during off-peak times)
  • Tea Rooms in the Olde Kitchens
  • Natural gardens with a Tree Trail and short looped walks and views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick
Westport House guided tour

Westport House guided tour

And for the children, the Pirate Adventure Park is set adjacent to the House for a full day’s outdoor fun! If you’re looking for indoor fun on a rainy day, there’s tons to do inside the House too including:

  • The dungeons – what remains of Grace O’Malley’s castle – featuring an installation of the Pirate Queen’s Maritime Life
  • From the end of November through to Christmas Eve, Westport House celebrates the holiday season with its Winter Wonderland event including a magical Santa’s Grotto, train ride, Storytime with Mrs Claus, workshops for the family, facepainting and more.
  • In the nearby farmyard area, you’ll find the Pirates Den indoor soft play area.

Westport House: Truly, a treasure trove of family fun!

For details of opening times or discounts on ticket prices, please visit the Westport House website or ask your accommodation provider about vouchers for discounted tickets.

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