King House, Boyle
(4.4/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We regulary meet tourists who have enjoyed the tour of King House and all of the History it has to offer. A really enjoyable tour & ideal to pop into King house Tea rooms for a treat after ! 
  • We dropped in on this museum when we had one day in Boyle (while boating on the Shannon). Mary and Michael welcomed us in, and Mary gave us a tour. The museum is excellent - a fabulous story of how Bo...  more »
  • This is a wonderful example of what a community can do to preserve a piece of history. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There is a great mix of history both of the house and of the local area. Include...  more »