Tullynally Castle and Gardens
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Tullynally Castle is an historic Irish country house, located near Castlepollard in Co Westmeath. Home to the Pakenham family (now the Earls of Longford) for over 350 years, the house is surrounded by 12 acres of parkland that are open to the public.
Tullynally Castle and Gardens is a beautiful country estate in County Westmeath, with lush gardens and parklands that are open to the public. Still a family residence, the castle has been home to the Pakenham family (now the Earls of Longford) for over 350 years.
In 1665, a captain in the Parliamentary Dragoons called Henry Pakenham was granted the Tullynally estate—it would be his descendant, the Second Earl of Longford, who would remodel the 17th century house in a Gothic revival style in the early 1800s, adding towers and a moat.
At that point, Tullynally Castle was larger than any other castellated house in Ireland; today it’s the largest house in private hands in Ireland. The interior of the house is part Georgian, part Gothic revival and there is a fine collection of furniture and art.
Terraced lawns around the castle overlook superb 18th century parklands. Adjoining woodland gardens and walled gardens date largely from the same period and encompass a grotto of eroded limestone from nearby Lough Derravaragh and two ornamental lakes.
The present owners have added Chinese gardens and a local sculptor has crafted woodcarvings. The walled gardens have extensive flower borders and an avenue of giant 200-year-old Irish yews is the perfect place for a stroll. A woodland walk leads to the lower lake, past plantings of giant lilies, camellias and rhododendrons.
Parts of the estate now provide apartments for the Pakenham family, while an old stable block in the outer courtyard has been converted into the Tullynally Castle Tearooms. Visit Tullynally Castle Gardens between the months of April and September; tickets are available from the tearooms in the Castle Courtyard, which have the same opening hours as the gardens.
Opening dates for 2016:
Weekends & bank holidays, April, May & September.
11am – 5pm, Thursdays to Sundays & bank holidays, June, July & August.
Open daily for Heritage week, 20 - 28 August 2016