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Russborough, Blessington, Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Russborough House is a newly renovated stately house in Blessington, County Wicklow. Built between 1740 and 1750 in the Palladian style by Richard Cassels, Russborough offers guided tours and art exhibitions to visitors.
Russborough House is a stunning country mansion located just 2km from Blessington in County Wicklow. Overlooking stunning views and offering guided house tours, the newly renovated Russborough is a truly unique experience.
An example of Palladian architecture, Russborough House was designed by Richard Cassels for Joseph Leeson, the First Earl of Milltown and built between 1741 and 1755. The interior of the house contains some ornate plasterwork on the ceilings by the Lafranchini brothers, who also collaborated with Cassels on Carton House.
In 1978, the current owners of Russborough House, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, bequeathed Russborough to the Irish public, in the care of the Alfred Beit Foundation. Today Russborough House showcases a series of unique exhibitions in its basement that bring to life the stories, history and travels of the Beit family.
The art collection of the Beit family is world famous, comprising works by Goya, Vermeer, Peter Paul Rubens and Thomas Gainsborough. The collection was stolen four times in the 70s, 80s and in 2001 and 2002, and Sir Alfred Beit subsequently donated many of the works to the state. Today a substantial proportion of the paintings have been returned and been made available to view by the Alfred Beit Foundation.
A recent addition to the house is a 3D interactive exhibition telling the stories of the Beit family and showing recent exhibits on loan from the National Gallery. Russborough House is one of the most unique tourist attractions in the country—host to vintage car rallies, plant fairs, outdoor concerts and a wide range of activities and guided tours—the estate is one of the ‘must-see' attractions in Ireland today. Guided tours are available in English, German and French, also free leaflets are available.