Guided Tours of Doneraile Court
URGENT NOTICE: Monday 13th April 2020
At the request of An Garda Síochána, Doneraile Estate Park will remain closed until further notice.
Open 7 days a week.
Guided Tours 10am to 6pm.
Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
Average length of visit 45 minutes
Contact 022 24771 or 087 938 4907
Doneraile Court is the stunning centrepiece of one of Ireland’s most beautiful estates. Located on the banks of the Awbeg river in north Co. Cork, the house dates from the 1720s, when it was built by Arthur St. Leger, the first Viscount Doneraile and father of the renowned Lady Freemason.
The house was modified extensively in the 19th century by later generations of St. Legers, creating the imposing and characterful building that can be enjoyed today. The kitchen wing from this period now serves as the home of the Doneraile Court tearooms and is a perfect way to start or finish your visit.
The estate and surrounding village has a strong literary tradition, incorporating figures such as Edmund Spenser, who immortalised the river Awbeg in his poem The Faerie Queene, Elizabeth Bowen, and Canon Sheehan. This legacy is reflected in our cultural programme, launched in June 2019.
Today, Doneraile Court has opened its doors once again and resumes its rightful place at the heart of this great estate. The OPW is delighted to partner with the Crawford Art Gallery to share some significant works from the Gallery’s collection at Doneraile.
From 30th March 2020, book a tour with one of our experienced guides to learn more about the fascinating history of the house and estate.