Enniscoe Gardens & Mayo North Heritage Centre
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Enniscoe, Castlehill, Ballina, Mayo, Republic of Ireland
Enniscoe Gardens are found at Enniscoe House, located near Crossmolina, County Mayo. Viewing can be combined with a trip to the Mayo North Family Heritage Centre, with its genealogy centre and agricultural museum.
Ennisoe Estate is located on the shores of Lough Conn, just 3km from the village of Crossmolina and 19km from Ballina in County Mayo. The 18th-century house is surrounded by parkland and woods leading down to the lakeshore. Additionally, an old farmyard behind the house has been converted into an attractive stone-built heritage centre.
There is a Victorian walled garden, an organic walled garden and 19th-century pleasure grounds that extend to the shores of Lough Conn. The walled garden dates back to the early 18th century, however, the present focus is on the Victorian period with plants of that era, and on the many fine architectural features that have been restored under the Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Programme.
Visitors can also enjoy the Mayo North Family Heritage Centre, a genealogy centre for the people of North Mayo looking to research their family history. Within the centre is the agricultural and household museum and a working forge where old skills are demonstrated. There is also a craft shop, selling a variety of antiques and locally-made crafts. And if anyone needs a break from all the activity, they can enjoy beverages and snacks in the tearoom, which overlooks the walled garden.
Gardens are open on selected days throughout 2015.
April 1-Oct 31, weekdays 10am-5.30pm, weekends 1.30pm-5.30pm