Westport House & Grounds
Are you interested in the fascinating story of Ireland’s most beautiful historic house? Interested in learning about Ireland’s pirate queen Grace O’Malley? Looking for art, antiques and architecture? Want to enjoy peaceful, natural gardens in a superb parkland setting? If so, and you plan on visiting Westport Town, with it’s tree lined streets, beautiful canal river, harbour and gorgeous flower arrangements throughout, you can’t leave without visiting Westport House and Grounds – where the Browne family, who were the main planners of the town, inhabited for centuries.
Step back into the 18th Century with a visit to the home of Grace O’Malley. Westport House has been open to the public for over 57 years and has welcomed over 4 million visitors. It was designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt in the 18th Century and enjoys a superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Achill, Clare Island and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick. There are opportunities to enjoy art, activity, history and culture – for both adults and children alike – in this beautiful historic house with over 30 rooms open to the public with original antiques, architecture and artwork. It is also notable to mention that Westport House features all of it’s original contents. Visitors love special treasures like the Mayo Militia flags, the Chinese room, original parquet floors and plaster work. Six permanent exhibitions are located in the house including, ‘The Last 50 Years at Westport House’, ‘Grace O’Malley Pirate Queen’, ‘Howe Peter and the Abolition of Slavery’, the Waxwork exhibition of famous visitors to Westport and ‘Lady Sligo’s Letters’.
After taking it all in, enjoy a cup of tea and a scone in the restored Olde Kitchen Tea Rooms or pick up a souvenir from the gift shop. Your visit won’t be complete until you stroll around the beautiful natural parkland gardens where you’ll find the tree trail or enjoy a 1km looped riverside walk. Be sure to visit the West Gardens to take in the Greek Sarcophagus, Spanish Armada Cannon, Famine Soup Pots, the Sun House, Lily Pond and other treasures.
Alongside the historical house, Westport House also offers its guests an array of activities onsite such as a train tour which travels around the town of Westport, explaining it’s 250 year history, a Birds of Prey Centre where guests can enjoy daily birds of prey demonstrations at 4pm* in the courtyard, an activity centre hosted by local Adventure company ‘Killary Adventure Co.’ where guests can partake in a range of exciting activities such as orienteering, zip-wire and archery. Westport House can also play host to a more decadent affair, with the availability of renting our stunning long gallery or drawing room for private lunches or dinners.
Westport House is also home to the famous Pirate Adventure Park. If you have children under the age of twelve, the Pirate Adventure Park is the perfect location to make long lasting family memories that you will treasure forever. Named after the famous pirate queen of Connaught, Grace O’Malley, a day pass to Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park provides unlimited use of the rides and attractions all day long. This three time winner of Best Family Visitor Attraction by Primary Times is sure to put a spring in your little one’s step! Enjoy rides such as the Cannonball Run Slide, pirates Swinging Ship and Pirate’s Plunge log flume ride. Paddle yourself fit on the Giant Swan Pedalo Boats on the lake or take a turn on the Bouncy Castle. Go Karting and the Westport House Express are ideally suited to the ‘littler’ visitors.
NEW to the Pirate Adventure Park in 2017 is the addition of two new exciting rides; the Helter Skelter and the Chair-O-Planes. Alongside this, Europe’s largest mobile Ferris Wheel has arrived to call Westport House it’s home for the summer. You can also test your competitive streak with a range of new carnival games throughout the park.
Westport House is the perfect place to make family memories that will last a lifetime.
Upcoming events in 2017
Harvest Country Music Festival 26th – 28th August.
2 Days of live entertainment ón 3 different music stages with over 30 artists. Miranda Lambert and Nathan Carter confirmed as the headline artists.
Westport Festival of Chamber Music 8th September
The Westport Festival of Chamber Music 2016 will return for the fifth time this year. Concerts will be presented throughout the weekend in Westport House, Westport Town Hall and Holy Trinity Church, all wonderful settings for chamber music. Westport House will host the Opening Recital on Friday evening ón September 8th aswel as an afternoon concert ón Saturday September 9th.
It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit with Santa, Mrs Claus and their Elves during their annual visit to the stunning 18th Century Westport House in Co. Mayo, which will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland from Saturday November 25th until Saturday the 23rd of December inclusive.
*In High Season Only
Directions to us:
Belfast: 306 km – 190 miles – 4 hours
Dublin Airport: 267km – 165 miles – 3 hours 30 minutes
Galway: 81km – 50 miles – 1 hour
Knock Airport: 64km – 40 miles – 45 minutes
Shannon Airport: 201km – 125 miles – 2 hours 45 minutes