King House Interpretive Centre

sights / Architecture

King House Interpretive Centre information

Location
Boyle & Around , Ireland
Address
Main St
More information
www.kinghouse.ie
Prices
adult/child €5/2
Opening hours
11am-4pm Tue-Sat Apr-Sep, market 10am-2pm Sat
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After the King family moved to Lough Key, the imposing Georgian mansion King House became a military barracks for the fearsome Connaught Rangers. The county council bought the property in 1987, and spent several years and €3.8 million turning it into the inspired King House Interpretive Centre.

Sinister-looking dummies from various eras 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 ancient Irish cloaks, breeches and leather shoes, write with a quill, play a regimental drum and build a vaulted ceiling from specially designed blocks.

The mansion's sheltered walled courtyard is home to a large souvenir shop selling local crafts and an organic produce market .