Built in 1730 on the ruins of a former castle of the legendary Irish pirate queen Grace O'Malley, Westport House is one of Ireland's most beautiful and historic homes. It is still home to – and run by - her direct descendants, the 11th Marquess of Sligo and his family. In addition to Westport House, this beautiful 480 acre estate has a family-friendly Pirate Adventure Park, a Caravan & Camping Park as well as an Adventure Activity Centre on site. A visit to Westport House delivers something for everyone!
WESTPORT HOUSE & GARDENS – EXPERIENCE HERITAGE & CULTURE
Set in a stunning natural parkland and lakeland setting, Westport House & Gardens has thirty rooms and dungeons on show, extensive gardens and a tree trail, guided tours, original architecture, artwork and antiques, Tea Rooms set in the restored old kitchens and four comprehensive exhibitions, including Ireland’s foremost exhibition on pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. In 2011, we are offering two new tours: the family-friendly tour will tell the story of our history of pirates and the high seas and the connection with Grace O’Malley. The “Meet the Family” tour introduces you to the many colourful ancestors in the Browne family who have lived here since the 16th Century. In addition, Westport House has added a fascinating new exhibition on “The Last 50 Years at Westport House”.
WESTPORT HOUSE & PIRATE ADVENTURE PARK – A TREASURE TROVE OF FAMILY FUN
Adjacent to Westport House, you’ll find the Grace O’Malley themed adventure park. Ideally suited to children under 12 years, you’ll find a host of activities to entertain and thrill including theme park rides such as the log flume water ride, swan pedaloe boats, a miniature railway, pitch ‘n’ putt, indoor and outdoor playgrounds as well as paint your own pottery. In the house, children love the dungeons, our Grace O’Malley tour and funny mirrors! It provides an experience that the whole family will cherish for years to come! Be sure to get here early to enjoy everything on offer – with NEW extended 2011 opening hours – it’s a full day’s fun!
WESTPORT HOUSE ADVENTURE ACTIVITY CENTER – EXHILIRATION FOR EVERYONE
Westport’s newest Adventure Activity Center is open to everyone 8 years and up. Try orienteering, archery, laser clay pigeon shooting, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or learn the basics of sailing. If an adrenaline rush is what you’re after, check out zorbing, the latest craze from New Zealand! Shoot down our 270m zip wire or get out with friends and family to the pain and splatter-free combat games in our woodland areas. Fantastic full- and half-day, group and individual activity rates – or combine our Adventure Activities with a visit to Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park.