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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  • On a recent visit to Lough Key Forest Park we drove back through Boyle and stopping off for a coffee we just happened upon King House and decided to take the tour. For just five euro it is the best to...  more »
  • We went on the self guided tour after a very good introduction by one of the staff. Very informative and well laid out. Staff were very friendly.  more »
  • I went with my three young children and we all loved it. The children loved the interactive tour and we all found it very interesting and enjoyable.  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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Where to stay in County Roscommon

There aren't many towns in County Roscommon, so be sure to outline your accommodation options before you arrive. If you're touring the region rich in megolithic sites, seek out lodging in Boyle or Roscommon Town. Both of these offer hotels and guesthouses, though Boyle is better known for its small collection of charming bed and breakfasts. Camping in the countryside is also a viable option in this region.
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