Westmeath – Belvedere House Gardens and Park

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Belvedere House Gardens

The magnificent 160 acre Lakeside Estate of Belvedere House, Gardens & Park boasts a fully restored Georgian Villa, built in 1740 by the famous Architect Richard Castles for Robert Rochfort, later Lord Belvedere (The Wicked Earl).

A day visitor to Belvedere gets to explore the restored Georgian Belvedere House, Victorian Walled Garden set in a naturalistic designed 18th century parkland, punctuated with Romantic Follies includes the largest in Ireland, The Jealous Wall along with Ice House, Gothic Arch & Gazebo. Along with 10km of walks, Fairy Garden & a Zipline.

A place of quiet contemplation and also a bustling, vibrant, colourful place with the many events held there, it is a place resonant of the past but relevant to the future.  The historic role of the Big House in Ireland was one of dominance and exclusion, hidden away behind high walls designed to keep people out and were surrounded by idyllic landscaped grounds for the enjoyment of the few.

Nowadays a big house such as Belvedere (stature not size) in public ownership, the aim is for inclusion not exclusion.

Within the welcoming Visitor Services Centre is a Licensed Restaurant and Gift Shop and there are also 4 outdoor children’s playgrounds and many picnic areas on the estate.

Whether you are part of a gardening group, historical society, active retirement association, family gathering or group of friends, a visit to Belvedere is a superb day with a difference.

Belvedere House Gardens and Park Opening Times And Admission

Opening Times

November to February

  • Belvedere Opening Hours – 9.30am to 4.30pm Daily
  • House, Cafe & Shop – Close at 4.00pm Daily

March & October

  • Belvedere Opening Hours – 9.30am to 6.00pm Daily
  • House, Cafe & Shop – Close at 5.00pm Daily

April & September

  • Belvedere Opening  Hours – 9.30am to 7.00pm Daily
  • House, Cafe & Shop – Close at 5.00pm Daily

May to August

  • Belvedere Opening  Hours – 9.30am to 8.00pm Daily (Half price admission to Gardens & Park after 5pm)
  • House, Cafe & Shop – Close at 5.00pm Daily

Note: Last Admission 1 hour before stated closing time

All details correct at time of publishing; but can be subject to change

Admission 

  • Adult     €8.00
  • Children     €4.00
  • Senior Citizen / Studet     €6.00
  • Family – 2 adults and 2 children     €23.00
  • Family – 2 adults and 1 child     €20.00
  • Extra child     €3.00
Annual Membership
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children) €15.00 per extra child    –   €155.00
  • Family (2 adults + 1 children) €15.00 per extra child    –   €140.00
  • Adult Single     –   €85.00
  • Senior Citizens/Student     –   €47.00
  • Couple     –   €125.00
  • Children (over 3)     –   €15.00

Note: Opening Times are subject to change. Please note also that Belvedere may close to the general public while staging large events. Please telephone 044-9349060 in advance of travel.

Belvedere House Gardens and Park Events

Easter Fun

At Easter join in all the fun and meet the Easter Bunny and join in the hunt.

To Find Out More About Easter At Belvedere House

Halloween at Belvedere House

There will be Halloween events taking place  at Belvedere House which will be fun for all the family, over October bank holiday weekend.

To Find Out More On Belvedere House Halloween Events 

Christmas At Belvedere House

Treat your children to a magical Christmas experience with Green Santa at Belvedere House.  Green Santa will arrive by boat across Lough Ennell to Belvedere House at 11 am on Saturday 3th December 2016.

Classification :-  Kids Christmas Event  /  All Ages

Dates:-

  • Saturday 3th December & Sunday 4th December 2016
  • Saturday 10th December & Sunday 11th December 2016
  • Saturday 17th December & Sunday 18th December 2016

Times:

  • Half hourly slots from 12 noon until 5.30 pm (last booking)
  • 11am on 3rd December for Santas arrival

Booking :- This is a booking only event, Tel  044 9349060. Pre-booking is advised.

To Find Out More About  Christmas at Belvedere

Bat Walks With Bat Conservation Ireland

Illustrated talk on Bats, dispelling all of the myths and detailing just how marvellous these tiny mammals really are. Followed by a guided bat walk with use of Bat Boxes (which allows you to hear the bats, hunt, and communicate with each other) around Belvedere parkland

Great for children (and adults!) to learn not to be afraid of Bats or the Dark or both!

Walk is weather permitting (bats are far too sensible to be out in the wet or cold!). Wear warm clothing sensible footwear and small torch. Entry is free, donations if desired to Bat conservation Ireland.

Classification :- Family Tour / 9 + years

Dates / Time :- Scheduled Bat Walks at Belvedere in 2016 are:

  • Friday  15th April 2016 at 8pm
  • Saturday 7th May 2016 at 8pm
  • Saturday 10th September  2016 at 8pm
  • Saturday 8th October 2016  at 7.30pm

Admission: – Free – donations if desired to Bat conservation Ireland.

Familyfun Tip:- Come early, wear warm ciothing

Booking :- No booking necessary, ring for more details Tel 044 9349060
 
 

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