King House, Boyle

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King House is a beautifully restored Georgian mansion with almost 300 years of history. First built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, a powerful landowning dynasty, the house later became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers.

At the end of the Civil War in 1923 the barracks passed into the control of the newly-formed Irish Free State army. It later became a merchant's store and was saved from demolition in the late 1980s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council.

The house is now open to the public as a museum bringing its history to life. It houses the Connaught Rangers museum and the Boyle Civic Art Collection while retaining many of its Georgian features.

A multi-disciplinary programme of arts events takes place in King House between April and September including elements of the ever-popular Boyle Arts Festival.
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  • The highlight of this visit and tour was the skills and enthusiasm of our tour guide Mary Lavin --- the exhibit itself is very interesting and is well done (I have a fair amount of knowledge about Boy...  more »
  • I visited King House on a wet afternoon. The tour guides were very friendly and clearly passionate about their job. Most of the tour is self guided and there are some interactions for example trying t...  more »
  • Had a very interesting couple of hours in King House .The staff were Very helpful.. Especially helpful . Can recommend a visit . lovely café also.  more »
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  • Good selection of soups, sandwiches and salads. Has kids (limited) kids menu and standard range of hot drinks. A little disappointed to find that this 'tea room' didn't really have any tea! Only a selection of off-the-shelf generic teas (peppermint, camomile, 'green', etc). Still rated 3 stars for the lovely atmosphere, cute furniture, etc
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