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Russborough House is a Palladian Mansion offering one of the finest guided tours in Ireland.  


From art lovers to historians to the curious passer by our tour will leave you feeling fulfilled and inspired. There are so many things to admire on our tour from the beauty of the Lafranchini ceilings to a wonderful collection of world class art and furnishings.

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This interactive 3D exhibition celebrates the Beits’ exquisite  life in an extraordinary photographic collection using camera work and methods far in advance of their time.


We share amazing 3D photographs of Sir Alfred’s World travels captured on his camera in the 1920s and 30s, exploring lifestyle, fashion and architecture in a unique time capsule. We welcome you to view his own cinematic intrepretation of travels from Africa, Eygpt, India, USA and beyond.

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With our newly refurbished Tea rooms at Russborough there is a new range of delicious foods
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From soups, salads and sandwiches to a light lunch option starting at only €6.95, to our more filling main courses you are sure to go home satisfied. There is a variety of both traditional and unique bakes on our menus at The Tea Rooms. Why not try our chicken and vegetable roulade or dare to taste a traditional beef and Guinness pie to name but a few from our savoury choices. We also have a variety of fillings for a baked potato if you are in need of something more wholesome.

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Relax and lose yourself in our maze at Russborough.


The maze is yet another fascinating feature at Russborough. Planted in 1989 and designed by Adrian Fisher and Rondoll Coate of Minotaur Designs the design reveals a clue to the identity of its owners, the Beits. Since Sir Alfred’s family were early pioneers of the diamond trade the centre of the maze leads to a diamond shape.

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The Gift Shop at Russborough is a delight.


We cater for everyones budget, whether it is a special gift of a local craft or something to remember your visit by our friendly staff will be delighted to help you. Our new branded items will be introduced in our shop on March 17th!

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Out Now  

Russborough: A Great Irish House, its Families and Collections

By William Laffan and Kevin V. Mulligan
To be published by The Alfred Beit Foundation

Russborough: A Great Irish House, its Families and Collections tells the remarkable story of one of Ireland’s truly great houses. It is the most detailed study of an Irish country house attempted to-date and draws on extensive new research and discoveries. Located near Blessington in County Wicklow, Russborough was built in the 1740s by Joseph Leeson, a wealthy Dublin brewer, to designs by Richard Castle. 

Russborough Publication is available to purchase from early December 2014 at the following outlets: The National Gallery of Ireland, Russborough & Hodges Figgis.


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Fairy Trial   


Long ago in a land not so far away Faylinn lived in Russborough
For over 270 years, he now is joined by a range of fairies who live in gorgeous little homes on Lady's Island at Russborough. Come and can learn the fairy language, enjoy fairy games and puzzles, colour in Shaylee our shyest fairy or learn about fairy flower and fauna and what they use from nature for their clothes and jewelry all for only €3 at reception.

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Russborough is now Open.

2015 Events Schedule now available in our downloads section.

Guided House Tours | Historic basement exhibition | Grounds |  Playground | Maze & Walkways | Reception & Shop open daily.

Group enquiries welcome.

To book any of our upcoming events please call 045-865239. 

Sheepdog Demonstrations - 2.15pm Daily 

Latest News

Statement by The Alfred Beit Foundation, Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Statement by The Alfred Beit Foundation, Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Tuesday 23rd June 2015.    The Board of the Alfred Beit Foundation met this afternoon...

Statement by the Chairman of the Alfred Beit Foundation Ms Judith Woodworth

Statement by the Chairman of the Alfred Beit Foundation Ms Judith Woodworth

Monday 22nd June 2015.   The Alfred Beit Foundation has received a generous proposal on behalf...

Statement June 17th

Statement June 17th

Statement by the Board of the Alfred Beit Foundation. Wednesday June 17 2015 Click on the...

Press Statement - The Alfred Beit Foundation - June 12th 2015

Press Statement - The Alfred Beit Foundation - June 12th 2015

Further to media reports, The Alfred Beit Foundation (ABF) confirms that an export licence for...

Blacksmiths piece for Artisan Show case in July

Blacksmiths piece for Artisan Show case in July

2015 is the year of Irish Design and Russborough is hosting an Artisan Exhibition on Saturday...

Thanks to the Irish Times

Thanks to the Irish Times

Thanks to the Irish Times who created the space in their opinions section to allow...

You've won the 2015 Certificate of Excellence

You've won the 2015 Certificate of Excellence

At Russborough we are always striving for Excellence with all our services so we just...

Safeguarding the future of Russborough

Safeguarding the future of Russborough

July 2015. Russborough is currently working with Christie’s of London who have been entrusted with the...

IADA visit Russborough this weekend

IADA visit Russborough this weekend

This weekend we are delighted to welcome the members of the IADA (Irish Antique Dealers...

Birds of Prey Easter Treasure Hunt opens at Russborough

Birds of Prey Easter Treasure Hunt opens at Russborough

Birds of Prey Easter Treasure Hunt opens at Russborough Supported by Lily O’Brien.     Collect...

Fairy Trail comes to Russborough

Fairy Trail comes to Russborough

Location: Russborough Price: €3  Date: Commences on April 4th opened by wild life author Eanna Ní Lamhna Available: Ongoing from...

Russborough 5K Fun Run

Russborough 5K Fun Run

5K Fun Run   Sunday April 26th/Dé Domhnaigh 26ú Aibreáin. Prices: €15 including race PLUS...

A day to remember...

A day to remember...

It was truly a memorable day when President Michael D. Higgins visited Russborough last week....

A Vermeer or Picasso, really?

A Vermeer or Picasso, really?

Have you ever wondered how the experts can tell that it's time to put the...

An Open House for Christmas

An Open House for Christmas

If you are wondering where to purchase those last minute offerings for Christmas why not...

Vibrant Book Launch at the NGI

Vibrant Book Launch at the NGI

Russborough are delighted to launch their first coffee table hardback book, Russborough, a Great Irish...

Exciting Ventures from The RHSI

Exciting Ventures from The RHSI

The RHSI have embarked on a very, proactive campaign to bring those that love bringing...

Extra places announced for Philomena & Friends Music by Candlelight

Extra places announced for Philomena & Friends Music by Candlelight

Date: Saturday 8th and 15th November  Time: 7.30pm.  Price: €35 We are delighted to announce that...

Holloween Guests at Russborough

Holloween Guests at Russborough

After a wonderful collection of stories by the fireplace in Russborough Lady Moonshine from Croatia...

Upcoming Events

The Year of Design 2015

Event: Open House Artisan Exhibition with Live Music and Relaxed Tour.  Date: Saturday 18th July 2015.  Time: 5pm - 8pm.  Price: €10   A mix of classical, contemporary, Jazz, boroque and popular music from film...

Visitors Testimonials

  • "It’s absolutely gorgeous here. Looking out my window I can see the Wicklow mountains in the distance... it’s an absolutely beautiful day to visit."

    "It’s absolutely gorgeous here. Looking out my window I can see the Wicklow mountains in the distance... it’s an absolutely beautiful day to visit."

    Sean Moncrieff Newstalk FM

  • "Why did I go? Several reasons, perhaps the most compelling of all being the indisputable fact that this is the most beautiful house in Ireland and should be visited from time to time to take pleasure in that fact alone."

    "Why did I go? Several reasons, perhaps the most compelling of all being the indisputable fact that this is the most beautiful house in Ireland and should be visited from time to time to take pleasure in that fact alone."

    Bruce Arnold The Arts. The Irish Independent

  • “Many congrats on the Interactive Exhibition. It is so impressive and must have taken so much hard work. Your talk was excellent also, so informative and interesting. The best I have been at. I have been telling everyone about it.”

    “Many congrats on the Interactive Exhibition. It is so impressive and must have taken so much hard work. Your talk was excellent also, so informative and interesting. The best I have been at. I have been telling everyone about it.”

    Fiona Candon, First Western, Carrowkeel

  • I want to thank you for the most amazing weekend! All of us, including the kids, were really sad to leave. We didn't leave Russborough once over the weekend and we could easily have stayed for longer. There is absolutely nothing we could suggest that you can improve on, everything was just perfect! It is definitely one of the most special places I have ever stayed in!

    I want to thank you for the most amazing weekend! All of us, including the kids, were really sad to leave. We didn't leave Russborough once over the weekend and we could easily have stayed for longer. There is absolutely nothing we could suggest that you can improve on, everything was just perfect! It is definitely one of the most special places I have ever stayed in!

    Anonymous

  • "Everybody very much enjoyed last night for which thanks to all concerned. It was a memorable final eveningand the house looked stunning in the twilight. It has been many years since I visited the house and I must congratulate you on the wonderful work you have done during your time. The interactive exhibition is wonderful and of course my favorite part is the interactive table and the Butler’s duties.”

    "Everybody very much enjoyed last night for which thanks to all concerned. It was a memorable final eveningand the house looked stunning in the twilight. It has been many years since I visited the house and I must congratulate you on the wonderful work you have done during your time. The interactive exhibition is wonderful and of course my favorite part is the interactive table and the Butler’s duties.”

    Jean Costelloe Avondale House Manager

  • “Thank you so much for the welcome in Russborough on Wednesday evening past. It is really an amazing experience - the basement which is totally transformed since I last saw it and the house is beautiful and particularly so at night with the soft lighting.”

    “Thank you so much for the welcome in Russborough on Wednesday evening past. It is really an amazing experience - the basement which is totally transformed since I last saw it and the house is beautiful and particularly so at night with the soft lighting.”

    Paula Fitzpatrick Avoca Tours

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Landmark Trust
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Wicklow Toursim
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Georgian Society Ireland
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www.heritagecouncil.ie/
The Heritage Council
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Hotels Ireland
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National Museum of Ireland

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Welcome to Russborough House

Russborough is a stunning Palladian mansion overlooking some of the most impressive views in Ireland. Designed in 1741 by Richard Cassels, it took 10 years to build what has been described as “one of the most beautiful houses in Ireland”. (Bruce Arnold, The Irish Times, 1997) With the Wicklow mountains and Blessington lakes just a stone’s throw away the setting is idyllic.

Sir Alfred and Lady Beit bought Russborough in 1952 to house their impressive art collection. They left this historic mansion, its collections and their fascinating life story to the Irish public in 1978. From this extraordinary act of generosity we welcome you to one of Ireland’s most unique visitor attractions. We offer a top of the range house tour, a unique 3D exhibition, a maze, gift shop, free walkways, self catering accommodation and cafe. Our Artisans display many unique crafts from candle making, blacksmithing and wood sculpting to goldsmithing, weaving and ceramics in their studios in the outhouses of Russborough.

Come and enjoy one of Ireland’s finest Visitor Attractions.

Russborough is a not for profit organization. All monies generated through events, visitors and sales are invested in the careful upkeep of Russborough and its Demesne.