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Christmas Themes and Tasting Tours.  

Times:  Weekdays: 1pm and 2pm. Weekends: 12pm - 3pm.  Dates: December 1st - December 21st. 

Tasting and themes on tour this Christmas: 
Corn Blini Topped with Smoked Salmon & Whipped Goats Cheese, Lemon Zest, 
 Lady Beit’s Ginger Cake, Butter Icing & Stem Ginger, Lady Beit’s Mulled Claret, Spiked With Whole Spices & Citrus Peel

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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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Russborough House is a palladianmansion 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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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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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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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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With our newly refurbished Tea rooms at Russborough there is a new range of delicious foods

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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Now the whole family can enjoy Russborough for hours and hours playground russborough

With our new extended opening times we will open Russborough everyday through out the year so we now have a lot to celebrate. Climb, jump or spin in our playground with slides and trails at every corner, fly across our turnaround spinners, rise above the rest on our crocodile see-saw on, enjoy a ride on our wooden train or our bouncy horse and sheep.

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Russborough is currently closed until March 14th. 

2015 Events Schedule now available in our downloads section.

  Tea rooms & Grounds open from March 1st. 

Guided House Tours | Historic basement exhibition | Grounds |  Playground | Maze & Walkways | Reception & Shop open daily from March 14th or by private appointment.

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

Sheepdog Demonstrations - 3pm Daily from March 14th. 

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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!

“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

"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.

"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. Live Interview with Eric Blatchford, CEO. 2010.

“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

"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


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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.