Belvedere House Gardens and Park
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Belvedere, Mullingar, Westmeath, Republic of Ireland
A one hundred and sixty acre lakeside estate, featuring Georgian villa, Victorian walled garden, Narnia Trail, restaurant, visitor centre, children's facilities and a full calendar of events.
The estate comprises one hundred and sixty acres of parkland with six kilometres of magnificent woodland and lakeshore walks, including the Narnia Trail. Several follies adorn the landscape including Ireland's largest folly, The Jealous Wall.
The restored Belvedere House is an 18th Century hunting/fishing lodge, designed by the renowned German architect Richard Castle for Robert Rochfort, later the First Earl of Belvedere. A fascinating walled garden, designed by Ninian Nevin in 1857, contains one of Ireland's finest collections of rare and special plants. The stable block is home to a modern visitor centre with multi-media show, exhibitions and fully licensed cafe.
Adjacent to the visitor centre are two children's play areas. There is also a delightful tram, which provides guided tours around a section of the parkland on selected days throughout the year. Belvedere is open year round with a full calendar of events.
There is access for the disabled.