Westport House

400 YEARS OF HISTORY ON 400 ACRES OF BEAUTY

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unwind

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Awaken Your Wild

Spend a day at Westport Estate where you can take a tour of Westport house, enjoy a wide array of family activities or dining options or simply enjoy 400-acres of splendid woodlands and trails.

WHAT'S ON?

Westport house

A 400 year-old Historic House within 400-Acres of Unspoilt Beauty.

One of the few privately-owned historic houses left in Ireland, Westport House was built by the Browne family whose connections to Mayo date back to the 1500s. Their lineage relates them and the house to the trail-blazing pirate queen and chieftain, Grace O’Malley.

WESTPORT HOUSE

Immerse yourself in history with a Guided Tour.

Our guided tours are designed to amuse, bemuse and leave you wanting more. Enjoy a world of stories from the incredible history of the house itself to tales of kings, queens and pirates, slave emancipators, beautiful art to 3,000-year-old Greek sarcophagi. Learn of incredible history and be amazed at the endless connections Westport House has with the world, over its hundreds of years of existence.

WESTPORT ESTATE

Explore & Enjoy our Woodlands & Gardens.

Once you set foot in Westport House Estate, you are instantly transported to another world. Enjoy the sheer beauty and stunning grandeur of Westport Estate over 400 acres of lush green, natural beauty, along the walks, forest trails and more.

There is no charge to enjoy the grounds and gardens of Westport House. The Hughes family have generously opened their estate and all is welcome. 

caravan, camping & Glamping

Premier Caravan, Camping & Glamping Sites

Enjoy Camping, Glamping or a full Caravan facility on Westport Estate, located in the heart of Westport. Our 3-Star Caravan & Camping Park, set within the beautiful heritage setting of Westport House’s offers free Wifi, wash up areas, free hot showers & kitchen as well as being beside the beautiful Gracy’s Pizzeria & Bistro Bar which is open for lunch and dinner everyday.

family fun

The Pirate Adventure Park

For a day the whole family can enjoy as well as our Pirate Adventure Park Westport Estate offers a range of amenities for children of all ages.

testimonials

What they say

a lot of fun, full of history

Sereniti S

The house is beautiful inside and out. The tour was a lot of fun, full of history. I learned a lot about the history of Westport and Ireland. The rooms were all nicely furnished, and we could walk around the home after the tour.

Would highly recommend this tour

Tipperary Visitors

A most enjoyable house tour with our tour guide. They were so pleasant and most informative about the house itself and it's occupants. Would highly recommend this tour

Excellent venue, well worth a visit

KK_Dublin27

A very enjoyable experience. We were caught in a heavy rain shower on the way to the house and we were met at the gate by very kind staff with umbrellas and they had us stand by the open fire at the entrance to the house to warm up before the tour. Mary, our tour guide, was clearly knowledgeable on the history of the house and the families that lived there. Her enthusiasm for the house was evident and made the tour that bit more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour if you are in westport or the surrounding areas.

Well worth the visit

Matthew T

John, house guide gave a wonderfully informative and interesting guide to Westport House. I learnt so much about the house, family and social, economic and political history of the area. Great introduction to Westport.

Highly recommend the guide as you gain an intimate and thrilling insight into the house and the ongoing restoration programme.

Well worth the visit,

Follow Our Story

watch us transform into Ireland's leading attraction

In 2021 Westport House was awarded Fáilte Ireland’s Platforms for Growth grant for Heritage and Cultural Attractions, worth €20.2 million. The funding is part of an ongoing, ambitious masterplan that will transform Westport Estate into a world-class tourism destination and visitor attraction. The project will reimagine the entire 433-acre Westport Estate as part of a €75 million master plan, which also includes the redevelopment of Hotel Westport itself.

Among the key areas of work that will be supported by Fáilte Ireland and in partnership with acclaimed landscape designer Mary Reynolds, Westport Estate will be creating a uniquely Irish re-wilded landscape experience connecting earth with Irish heritage. The restoration of Westport House and the reimagining of its 300-year history will also be a strong feature. In addition, a brand-new immersive visitor experience will be created that tells the legendary story of Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connacht.

Follow our story as we attempt to transform Westport Estate into one of Ireland's leading attraction

What is the Problem?

Biodiversity is fundamental to both planet and people. It provides us with clean air and water, food, and medicines. But biodiversity is in crisis.

With increasing and prolonged droughts and fires, damaging millions of hectares of farm, range and forest lands, and floods threatening the loss of both rural and urban areas, peatland degradation triggering further carbon loss, and permafrost melting affecting both arctic and mountain ranges, the European ecological crisis has never been more dire.

European population growth coincides with loss of biodiversity, but also with urbanisation leading to fragmentation, abandonment of rural areas alongside loss of large grazers. This has cascading ecological impacts, including shrub encroachment, habitat loss, invasive species, and fires.
Changes in climate, such as drying in southern and inland regions, and increased precipitation in other areas are predicted to intensify, threatening ecosystem services, and rural livelihoods. Decades of poor and inappropriate land management, reducing living river systems and freshwater availability through river “improvement”, and unsustainable agricultural systems and exploitation are at the core of the causes.
While considerable success has been achieved across a variety of European landscapes in restoring degraded lands, these efforts have generally been fragmented, isolated, and at limited scales. This is significantly due to competition for funding and lack of cooperation between rural stakeholders.

We here at Westport Estate want to be apart of the solution

Follow our story while we become one of Ireland largest Rewinding project

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Follow our story - @westporthouse
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Nestled in Hotel Westport overlooking the Carrowbeg River, Islands Restaurant explore an extensive menu of Irish and International dishes. We offer something to suit everybody when looking for fine dining, private dining and corporate event spaces.

For Private Dining and Corporate Events at Islands Restaurant, Hotel Westport get in touch today.
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Did you know there are ancient stone circles and dolmens scattered across Ireland!

Many of Ireland’s backroads lead to ancient Megalithic structures that beckon one to imagine what life would have been like between 4600 and 600 BC when most stone circles and dolmens (portal tombs) were built.

Observing these magnificent structures is only half the fun. 
The “other half of the fun” in many cases is just being able to successfully find them on “roads less traveled.”

Dolmens and stone circles, pieces of archaeology that date back thousands of years, scatter the backroads of Ireland. Finding them is half the fun!
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We are very excited to have the illustrious Thomas Haughton come on board The Westport Estate Project as Head of Culinary.

A highly accomplished, creative and passionate Culinary Professional with over 25 years' experience, Thomas has worked alongside some of the world's finest chefs in some of the finest restaurants including in two Michelin Star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.

Come on down to Westport Estate this Summer and check our new Summer Menus across the estate.
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Have you climbed the Holy Mountain?

Croagh Patrick is a Holy Mountain for Irish people. According to traditions and accounts, in 441 AD, St Patrick spent the 40 days of Lent praying and fasting on the mountain top as part of his effort to convert Ireland to Christianity, following the example of Christ and Moses.
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Will the new Westport Estate look something like this?

Westport Estate, home to one of Ireland’s most popular heritage attractions, Westport House, has been awarded Fáilte Ireland’s Grant for Heritage and Culture, worth €20.2 million.

The funding will be part of an ambitious master plan that will transform Westport Estate into a world-class tourism destination.

The vision is to reimagine the entire offering of the 433-acre estate as part of a €75 million master plan, including the redevelopment of Hotel Westport itself.

SOME KEY AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT
🌳 LANDSCAPE GARDEN EXPERIENCES
Working alongside acclaimed landscape designer Mary Reynolds, Westport Estate will be creating a uniquely Irish re-wilded landscape experience connecting earth and nature with Irish heritage.

📖. WESTPORT HOUSE
The restoration of Westport House and the reimagining of its 300-year old history.

🏴‍☠️ IMMERSIVE GRACE O'MALLEY VISITOR EXPERIENCE
A brand-new immersive visitor experience will be built to tell the legendary story of Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connacht.

🛎️ HOTEL WESTPORT
Hotel Westport situated within the estate will undergo an exciting and ambitious full refurbishment.

And much, much more
Sign up for our newsletter and follow the journey!

Link in our bio @WestportHouse
Link in our bio @WestportHouse
Link in our bio @WestportHouse
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Mary Reynolds is an Irish gardener, landscape designer, author and public activist, known for being the youngest contestant to win a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. She currently works as an author, designer and environmentalist, and published her first book The Garden Awakening in 2016.

Westport Estate, home to one of Ireland’s most popular heritage attractions, Westport House, has been awarded Fáilte Ireland’s Grant for Heritage and Culture, worth €20.2 million.

The funding will be part of an ambitious master plan that will transform Westport Estate into a world-class tourism destination.

The vision is to reimagine the entire offering of the 433-acre estate as part of a €75 million master plan, including the redevelopment of Hotel Westport itself.

SOME KEY AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT
🌳 LANDSCAPE GARDEN EXPERIENCES
Working alongside acclaimed landscape designer Mary Reynolds, Westport Estate will be creating a uniquely Irish re-wilded landscape experience connecting earth and nature with Irish heritage.

📖. WESTPORT HOUSE
The restoration of Westport House and the reimagining of its 300-year old history.

🏴‍☠️ IMMERSIVE GRACE O'MALLEY VISITOR EXPERIENCE
A brand-new immersive visitor experience will be built to tell the legendary story of Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connacht.

🛎️ HOTEL WESTPORT
Hotel Westport situated within the estate will undergo an exciting and ambitious full refurbishment.

And much, much more
Sign up for our newsletter and follow the journey!

Link in our bio @WestportHouse
Link in our bio @WestportHouse
Link in our bio @WestportHouse
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What's On?

There's always somethinghappening at Westport estate

From events to workshops to festivals, there is always something happening in the world of Westport Estate.