Set on the Wild Atlantic Way in the heart of Westport town, there has been a ‘big house’ on this site since the 1500’s.

Over four hundred acres of lush green, natural beauty, along the Looped Walk, the West Gardens, the forest trails… there is simply so much to discover, enjoy and revisit time and again.

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


A new era is beginning as we look to bring this most magnificent country estate to even greater heights, by going back to its original beauty and mystique. Our gardens team are working hard to restore the gardens to its original Capability Browne inspired style gardens.  We hope that visitors will notice a marked improvement on the grooming and flora in the gardens particularly around Westport House itself.

The grounds surrounding Westport House are an eclectic fusion of natural wonders, architectural grandeur and fascinating antiquities. The vast expanse of Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick in the distance provide an idyllic backdrop to the Estate’s tumbling waterfalls, terraces, promenades and lofty ancient oaks. Whispers of the past are evident at each turn from the large soup pots used to feed the hungry during the Great Famine, a Spanish Armada cannon and the 3000 year old Greek sarcophagus brought back from Howe Peter’s excavations at Mycenae in Greece. Proud and graceful, a bronze casting of Grace O’Malley is a highlight amongst the grounds’ features, one of only two likenesses of the great Pirate Queen.

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Discover Westport House through guided and self-guided tours, fascinating exhibitions and a range of reading materials.


Westport House and Gardens are open all year around with some exceptions.

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If you would like to know more about all Westport House has to offer, please contact us on +353 (0) 98 27766 or email us at