King House Interpretive Centre

sights / Architecture

King House Interpretive Centre information

Location
Boyle & Around , Ireland
Address
Main St
Telephone
+353 71 966 3242
More information
www.kinghouse.ie
Prices
adult/child €5/2
Opening hours
11am-4pm Tue-Sat Apr-Sep
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Sinister-looking dummies tell the turbulent history of the Connaught kings, the town of Boyle and the King family, including a grim tale of tenant eviction during the Famine. Kids can try on replica Irish cloaks, breeches and leather shoes, write with a quill and build a vaulted ceiling from specially designed blocks. One room is devoted to Maureen O'Sullivan , the Hollywood star who was born nearby on Main St.

The mansion's courtyard is home to a large shop selling local crafts.

After the King family moved to Lough Key, this imposing Georgian mansion became a military barracks for the Connaught Rangers. It then was largely dormant for decades.