King House Georgian Mansion
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King House is a magnificently restored Georgian mansion in Boyle, County Roscommon, built in the early 1700s for Sir Henry King, whose family was one of the most powerful and wealthy in Ireland.
King House in Boyle, County Roscommon, is a magnificently restored Georgian mansion built in the early 1700s.
After its first life as a home, King House was converted into a military barracks in the 19th century for the famous Connaught Rangers. At the end of Civil War in 1923, the barracks passed into the control of the newly formed Irish Free State Army.
Following many years as a merchant's store, King House was saved from demolition in the late 1980s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council. A visit to King House today is a truly unique ‘big house’ experience.
As you wander through the house at your leisure, you will encounter life-size historical figures, voices from the past, sound effects and hands-on family activities that bring the building and its residents to life.
Marvel at the grandeur, savour the magnificence of the period rooms, or just have fun exploring the interactive exhibitions designed for both adults and children alike.
Writing with a quill and ink or building a brick vault are just some of the many things to do, and a tour of King House would not be complete without a visit to the cold and forbidding jail cells.
Exhibitions focus on the Kingdom of Connacht, the King family, the Connaught Rangers, and the creation of an independent Ireland. There is also an exhibition dedicated to Hollywood icon Maureen O’Sullivan.
King House is open daily from 1 April-30 September. It is also open to pre-booked groups of 10 or more during the winter months. The average length of visit is 1-1½ hours, however many visitors have been known to stay for much longer than that.
Audio guides with tour commentary are available. Printed visitor guides are also provided in English, Irish, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Pre-booked groups and tours are welcome year-round.
King House is accessible for wheelchair users. Visitors who may have difficulty getting around are also invited, with the aid of a companion, to use one of their transit wheelchairs.
During your visit, why not have something to eat in the restaurant or browse around the Úna Bhán craft shop? King House souvenirs, guide books, and merchandise are also available from reception in the Long Gallery.