Killruddery House & Gardens

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Killruddery House & Gardens information

Prices
house & gardens adult/child €10/3, gardens only €6/2
Opening hours
1-5pm May, Jun & Sep
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Lonely Planet review

About 3km south of Bray on the Greystones road are Killruddery House & Gardens . A stunning mansion in the Elizabethan Revival style, Killruddery has been home to the Brabazon family (earls of Meath) since 1618 and has one of the oldest gardens in Ireland. The house, designed by trendy 19th-century architects Richard Morrisson and his son William in 1820, was reduced to its present-day huge proportions by the 14th earl in 1953; he was obviously looking for something a little more bijou. The house is impressive, but the prizewinner here is the magnificent orangery, built in 1852 and chock-full of statuary and plant life. If you like fancy glasshouses, this is the one for you. The TV series The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is filmed here.