Top Choice Historic Building in County Laois

Emo Court

The unusual, green-domed Emo Court is an impressive house, designed in 1790 by James Gandon, architect of Dublin's Custom House.The extensive grounds with their impressive Greek statues, contain more than 1000 diffe…
Historic Building in Dublin

Áras an Uachtaráin

The residence of the Irish president is a Palladian lodge that was built in 1751 and enlarged a couple of times since, most recently in 1816. Tickets for the free one-hour tours (hourly 10am to 4pm Saturday) can be …
Castle in Around Cork City

Blarney Castle

If you need proof of the power of a good yarn, then join the queue to get into this 15th-century castle, one of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions. They're here, of course, to plant their lips on the Blarney…
House in County Wicklow

Powerscourt Estate

Wicklow's most visited attraction is this magnificent 64-sq-km estate, whose main entrance is 500m south of Enniskerry town. At the heart of it is a 68-room Palladian mansion, but the real draw are the formal garden…
Historic Building in County Kildare

Castletown House

The magnificent Castletown House simply has no peer. It is Ireland’s largest and most imposing Georgian estate, and a testament to the vast wealth enjoyed by the Anglo-Irish gentry during the 18th century. The hour-…
Historic Site in Hook Peninsula & Around

Tintern Abbey

Named after its Welsh counterpart, from where its first monks hailed, the atmospheric remains of Tintern Abbey enjoy a lovely setting amid 40 hectares of woodland. Unusually for an abbey, it has a long history as a …
Historic Building in County Waterford

Curraghmore Estate

The 1000-hectare Curraghmore Estate has belonged to the family of Lord and Lady Waterford since the 12th century. Its lavish gardens incorporate the whimsical shell house built by Catherine Countess of Tyrone in 175…
Castle in Around Cork City

Barryscourt Castle

Immigrants from Wales in the 12th century, the Barry family quickly began intermarrying with important Irish families of the time. Soon they had huge tracts of land and real wealth. In order to protect their fortune…
Historic Site in County Mayo

Burrishoole Abbey

From a distance, the eerie shell of this wind-battered 1486-built Dominican abbey resembles a 2D film set. About 2.5km northwest towards Achill, a sign points the way to the abbey, from where it’s a further 1km.
Castle in County Meath

Dunsany Castle

You can see how the other 1% lives at Dunsany Castle, 5km south of Tara on the Dunshaughlin–Kilmessan road. The residence of the lords of Dunsany, it's one of the oldest continually inhabited buildings in Ireland. C…