Parklands

Variety of Visitor Attractions Situated in Blessington, Co. Wicklow

The Maze

Find your way to the statue of Cupid in the centre of our maze!


The 2000m2 beech hedge maze is a fascinating feature at Russborough. Designed by Adrian Fisher and Randoll Coate of Minotaur Designs, the maze was planted in 1989.


The design reveals a clue to the identity of its owners, the Beits, so you’ll have to see if you can figure it out! A statue of Cupid stands proudly on a column at the centre of the maze to help you find your way. Very popular with children, the maze is open every day of the week.


Maze Tips

On a guided tour of the house, there is a beautiful view of the maze from the bathroom window upstairs. If you fancy attempting the Russborough House & Parklands maze, make sure that you obtain a map at reception and also bring your mobile phone with you just in case you lose your way.


"After taking what seemed like every single wrong turn, we finally got to the middle of the  Russborough House Maze. Even without John wielding the cutters, it was still difficult. Getting out was easier, but we had so much fun and some laughs"

maze
childrens play area

Children’s Play Area

Children aged three to 12 will love our play area


It contains a mix of fun and challenging equipment such as slides, swings, and climbing frames.

Fairy Trail

Meet Faylinn and his fairy friends at Lady’s Island


Lady's Island at Russborough is the home of Faylinn the fairy and his fairy friends. 


They have lived in their beautifully quaint homes for more than 270 years.


When you visit us and take part in our magical fairy trail, you are able to learn the fairy language, enjoy fairy games and puzzles, and colour in Shaylee, our shyest fairy. 


You can also discover more about fairy flowers, fauna, and natural materials that the fairies use for their clothing and jewellery.

Parklands Walks

Woodland walks in the beautiful Wicklow countryside


You can enjoy the picturesque walkways through
the Russborough parklands at your leisure.


You are able to choose from the 2km wildlife trail, which passes through our wildlife habitat, the 2km woodland and rhododendron trail, or combine them for a longer, more satisfying walk.


There are information boards along both routes so you can pick up interesting facts about Russborough and its flora and fauna as you go. 


You can then finish your walk perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee in our beautiful tearooms.

Walled Garden

Walled Garden


Russborough’s 18th century walled garden is currently being restored by volunteers from the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI). This hive of activity can be visited during the following times:


March-April

Wed & Sat: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

June-August

Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Wed & Sat 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


This impressive restoration work includes reinstating the garden paths to their original layout and dimensions along with repairs to the surrounding brick and stone walls using traditional techniques, replanting of the hornbeam hedge, and restoring the curvilinear glasshouse. The once overgrown vegetable garden is once again an area of productivity and work is being carried out to restore the Pleasure Garden. 


Groups can pre-book a garden tour along with their house tour on 045 865239.

Artisans of Russborough

There are many talented artisans at Russborough House & Parklands. Please refer to each artisan’s own individual section as featured below.

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Sheepdog Demonstrations


Fun, interactive sheepdog demonstrations are available for group bookings. 

County Wicklow is famous for its sheep, so it is no surprise that sheepdog herding is a large part of country life here. You are able to witness the skill and intelligence of the border collies in action as they follow the command of a whistle in varied pitches to herd the sheep around the fields of Russborough. By learning about the various breeds of sheep in the area, some dating back to pre-Christian times, you get an insight into the life of a sheep farmer in Ireland.


Our host, renowned sheepdog handler Michael Crowe, will keep you entertained while giving you a snapshot of real Irish rural life. Russborough sheepdog demos are ideal for international guests, especially those from a farming background, as well as local families on a fun day out. View his website here.


An All-Weather Activity

Given our climate here in Ireland, it’s important to note that there is a shelter for participants if it rains. Russborough interactive sheepdog herding takes place on Saturday & Sunday at 2.15 p.m. Pre booked groups of 10 & more will be accepted. Make sure that you call us today to make enquiries or alternatively click here to book


“Michael brings his working dogs to Russborough, along with some of his sheep, for guests to see what they can do. His dogs are incredible and Michael is such a nice man. He even brought along a new lamb for the children to see and hold.”

Review on TripAdvisor™, 2014



Sheepdog Demonstrations

The Bird of Prey Centre

The National Bird of Prey Centre is an outdoor educational centre where eagles, owls, hawks and falcons from around the world can be seen on display. 


The centre opened on the grounds of Russborough House and Parklands in May 2016 and is home to over forty different Birds of Prey including the recently re introduced golden eagle, white tailed sea eagle and red kite. During your visit to the centre you will be given an expert guided tour about all of the birds on display, followed by a handling session with some of our hand reared owls. 


Admission:  

Adults: €8.00
Children: €6.00
Family (2 adults & up to 4 children): €25.00
Student & Senior Citizen: €7.00

National Bird Of Prey Centre

The Blessington Greenway

The Greenway is a 6.5km trail (the round trip equals 13km) along the shores of the Blessington Lakes and through forest and natural woodland. It starts at Russelltown Bay, across the road from Russborough, and finished at the Avon Ri activity centre at the southern end of Blessington. There is space for parking at both locations. It is hoped that the Greenway will stretch right around the Blessington Lakes with a distance of about 35km in the future.

Grade: Easy

Distance: 6.5 km

Estimated Time: 1.5 Hours

Total Height Climbed: 0

Terrain Underfoot: Forest Roads, Boardwalk, and Tarmac Footpath

Suitable for: Anyone with Reasonable Fitness


The Starting Point

The Greenway can be accessed from the N81 at either end by car, or alternatively by the number 65 bus in Dublin to Blessington or Russborough. The GPS for the start point is: 53.161703, -6.533786.

Contact us in Blessington, Co. Wicklow, to acquire more information about visitor attractions.