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Lissadell House, Sligo

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.7/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
Lissadell House is a neo-classical Greek revivalist style country house, located in County Sligo, Ireland.The house was built between 1830 to 1835, and inhabited from 1833 onwards, for Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Baronet (1784-1835) by London architect Francis Goodwin. In 1876, Sir Robert left the house and surrounding estate to his son, Sir Henry Gore-Booth, 5th Baronet.ArchitectureDescribed as "austere in the extreme" Lissadell house is a Greek Revival style detached nine-bay, two-storey over basement mansion, the last one in this style to be built in Ireland. Constructed of Ballysadare limestone with finely jointed ashlar walling. An entrance front is on the north with a three-bay pedimented central projection, originally open to east and west to form porte-cochere.Prior to its sale in 2003 Lissadell was the only house in Ireland to retain its original Williams & Gibton furniture which was made especially for the house and designed to harmonise with Goodwin's architectural vision.Lissadell's was the first country house in Ireland to have an independent gas supply piped into the property.LocationThe house is located on the south shore of Magherow peninsula in northern County Sligo over looking Drumcliff bay. It is in the townland of Lissadell South, the Barony of Carbury formerly the túath of Cairbre Drom Cliabh. The house takes its name from the Irish placename, Lios an Doill Uí Dálaigh or O'Dalys Court of the Blind, possibly referring to the O Daly school of poetry that existed here in the 13th century.
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  • Had a brilliant tour guide who's parents used to work on the grounds. He made the trip so much more personal and full of information and stories. 
  • The weather always adds to a place and it was a wonderful sunny Sunday in October. This wonderful austere grey house is now in the caring hands of the Cassidy-Walsh family. It's good to remember that ...  read more »
  • this is my favourite place because i am very into the historty of the house i love scenery and gardens you have 
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the House Tour and surrounding grounds..Highly recommend a visit to anyone..Young, Old and likewise if you wish to go exploring for a day..You would need a day to read all the information, pamphlets, letters, books and memorabilia..But totally worth it..5 star rating..Especially our cute wee Texan tour guide who was so passionate and knowledgable..👍😊
  • An amazing place. Beautiful. History of the past almost as interesting as the recent history - an ongoing story of persistence and hard work to ensure the preservation of this stunning mansion for future generations. True heroes. An amazing experience on every level. Don't miss it!!
  • This was a lovely visit, a well informed tour, and beautiful grounds and garden. My only complaint would be the toilet facilities, which were very inadequate, and this dampened what was otherwise a pleasant visit.
  • Visited here a few years ago, absolutely beautiful place, gorgeous beach next to the grounds of the house. The house itself is very interesting but the area is worth visiting just for the beautiful surroundings alone.
  • Fantastic gardens and walks
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