We aim to promote the advancement of education in the fine arts in Ireland and also to enrich the cultural life of the nation by promoting art, craft, and music.
You are able to explore a cherished piece of history and popular tourist attraction here in Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Russborough House & Parklands is a mansion that was designed in 1741 and sits at the foot of the Wicklow mountains overlooking Blessington Lakes.
With parklands of 200 acres outside the historic house, it is nestled within the Garden of Ireland. A visit to Russborough House & Parklands makes a great day out for the whole family, with plenty of outdoor activities to take part in.
Plenty to Do
As a non-profit organisation, all monies generated through events, visitors, and sales are reinvested in the upkeep of Russborough House and its parklands.
From guided tours of the house and losing yourself in the maze to spotting mythical creatures on the fairy trail, you’ll never be bored at our beautiful historic house and grounds.
An Interesting History
Having survived two forced occupations of the house (in 1798 and in 1922) ; two fires ( in 1964 and in 2010) ; four art robberies ( in 1976 by the IRA ,in 1986 by Martin ‘The General’ Cahill ,and in 2001 and 2002) Russborough continues to be one of the most stunning Irish houses open to the public’
A treasure trove for any lover of art, culture, and social history, we boast:
We have received international awards of excellence for guided house tours from CIE Tours™ for three years (2016, 2015, and 2012).
Along with a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor™, our restaurant has won awards from highly regarded critic Lucinda O’Sullivan and is rated as a great place to eat.
The Restaurant at Russborough House & Parklands has also been rated as a great place of interest by Paolo Tullio in 2014 and 2015.
Popular With Visitors
While she was President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese visited Russborough House & Parklands. She left this message in our visitor book:
“Thank you and congratulations to those who care for this beautiful place – so that the many visitors can relish and enjoy it as I have today”
September 17th, 2011
Mark Bence-Jones is a British writer known mainly for his books on Irish architecture and the British aristocracy.
"In one of his coffee table books, he refers to Russborough as: “The most beautiful house in Ireland”