For everyone who visits Westport House, one common theme resonates more than anything we find – the sheer beauty and stunning grandeur of the surroundings. When you set foot in Westport House Estate, you are instantly transported to another world. Almost four hundred acres of lush green, natural beauty, along the Looped Walk, the Italianate Gardens, the secretive walled gardens, the forest trails… there is simply so much to discover, enjoy and revisit time and again.
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.
In 2018, 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.
Check out our Gardeners Blog to see the new developments in 2019!!
Gardens and Gate Opening Times
|January||Open daily 8:00am to 4:00pm|
|February||Open daily 8:00am to 4:00pm
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** Westport House Estate will be closed to the public on Sunday, February 3rd from 4:30pm and will re-open on Wednesday, February 6th at 8:00am. Please note that this applies to both vehicular and pedestrian use. We thank you for your cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
|March||Open daily 8:00am to 6:00pm|
|April||Open daily 8:00am to 9:00pm.|
|May||Open daily 8:00am to 9:00pm|
|June||Open daily 8:00am to 11:00pm.|
|July||Open daily 8:00am to 11:00pm|
|August||Open daily 8:00am to 11:00pm|
|September||Open daily 8:00am to 9:00pm.
On September 14th and 15th, there will be limited public access to the estate. There will be no access to to the core area surrounding the house. The lakeside and wooded walks from the Quay to town will be closed as will the Church Lane gate. Guests and walkers may use the back road from Hotel Westport to cross the Estate from town as an alternative route. The quay and golf course road gates will be open as per normal. Thank you for your cooperation.
|October||Open daily 8:00am to 6:00pm|
|November||Open daily 8:00am to 6:00pm|
|December||Open daily 8:00am to 6:00pm|