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Tullynally Castle & Gardens, County Westmeath
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Tullynally has been the home of the Pakenhams, later Earls of Longford, for over 350 years.

The original 17th century fortified house was remodelled first as a comfortable Georgian mansion, then as a huge rambling gothic revival castle in the early 1800's, by the 2nd Earl of Longford.

It is still lived in as the family home, now probably one of the largest in Ireland to survive in private hands.

The interiors, part Georgian, part Gothic revival, have a fine collection of furniture and pictures.

Guided tours also take in the splendid Victorian kitchens and laundries, complete with all their equipment. (n.b. castle tours by previous appointment only : see contact us).

The gardens, like the castle are on a magnificent scale, taking in nearly 12 acres. Terraced lawns around the castle overlook superb 18th century parkland. The adjoining woodland gardens and walled gardens date largely from the early 19th century and encompass a grotto of eroded limestone from nearby Lough Derravaragh and two ornamental lakes. The present owners have added a Chinese garden, complete with pagoda and a Tibetan garden of waterfalls and streams; and a local sculptor has made fantastic woodcarvings in existing roots and trees. The walled gardens have extensive flower borders and an avenue of magnificent 200 year old Irish yews.

For children, there is also an Adventure Trail leading to the lower lake, and for those who wish to take the gardens more slowly, there is an assortment of delightful, ornamental summer houses and seats, each offering a different view.
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  • I love these old buildings and gardens. This place is great only I feel it's expensive for what you get. The walk is lovely with something for everyone and the cafe is fab but I would love a look insi...  more »
  • lovely walk around loads to see kids loved looking for different thing lovely tea room on the grounds the different flowers been visiting here since i was a child 
  • Worthless website. Indicates that the House is open every day for visit. Unfortunately, that's only on Sundays. The ladies from the tearoom indicated that there often people come for nothing but that the website unfortunately has not been adjusted. What a pity. It looks beautiful from outside ... on TripAdvisor was t there (in hindsight) be fine. Tak.
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  • Lovely area, I was there for a music festival so my view was a little obscured. But lovely grounds
  • Attended Body and Soul festival here and really enjoyed the grounds.
  • Really nice venue
  • Great festival venue