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Top Choice Irish in Rathdrum

Strawberry Tree

There's organic, and then there's certified organic – and this elegant restaurant is the only one in the country to be classified as such. Everything on your plate is either grown on nearby organic farms or foraged …
House in Rathdrum

Avondale House

This fine Palladian mansion was the birthplace and Irish headquarters of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–91), the 'uncrowned king of Ireland' and one of the key figures in the Irish independence movement. Designed by …
Gardens in Rathdrum

Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens

Surrounding the ruins of an 18th-century mansion are these ornamental gardens originally laid out in 1712 and replanted in the 19th century to reflect the wilder, antiformal style of William Robinson (1838–1935); pa…
Pub Food in Rathdrum

Bates Restaurant

Housed in a coaching inn that first opened its doors in 1785, this outstanding restaurant is hidden down a side alley beside a pub. It puts a premium on exquisitely prepared beef and lamb dishes (the chargrilled bee…