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Lissadell House, Sligo
(3.4/5 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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  • We recently had a fantastic tour of Lissadell House with local guide Leo. Being from the area his knowledge of the house and history was superb. He brought it to life in a way we wouldn't have experie...  more »
  • Our visit to Lissadell House was the highlight of our pilgrimage to the Yeats Country. We spent a magical couple of hours there in the company of our excellent guide who's family have been associated ...  more »
  • The hour-long guided tour of the house was very good. Before the tour we looked around the very interesting museum area. The only disappointment was the gardens, but it was towards the end of their se...  more »
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  • This is a hard review to write because I really liked this place but it needs a lot of work. Firstly I'll say, if you like the topic of the house, its involvement in the 1916 rising and the Countess Markievicz and the family it is worth a visit. There is a lot of history there and worth seeing. The tour guide was new to the position but a lovely charming woman who happened to be a local who has local knowledge and knew some of the family and clearly cares for the place. More positive stuff first, the house is lovely and interesting and not at all common for the time so while not very beautiful aesthetically it has a charm that is unique to it. The grounds are lovely and they have a lot of gardens and areas to explore. Great for families and you could spend half a day here with kids and not be bored unless you rushed through it all. I think they should encourage picnic in the summer, would be a great spot for it. However... It needs a lot of work in my opinion, the house is not as on display as I would have hoped and things are not in any kind of flow. There are pictures everywhere and things all over the place where they do not belong. There is a disjointed attempt to portray two things at the same time, one being how the house was at the time and another all the artefacts of the time that have some relevance but because the house is not all on display (which is fair enough, it is privately owned and the family have rooms up stairs which I do not begrudge them at all) there is too much stuff crammed into areas and a lot of it not relevant to the type of room they are showing you. The rooms down stairs are largely wasted where they could have set up the kitchen as it would have been in the time, make it look like a working kitchen with a fake but filled larger, matrons office and so on, maybe staged some of the children's rooms from upstairs and made others into staff quarters so you can see what it would have been like, recreate the butlers office also but alas most of the rooms do not contain much of anything of interest. The 1916 rising gallery/museum was interesting but we found it very disjointed until we realised that the door you are supposed to come in from is closed and you came in from the middle of the timeline making it all feel very disorganised when it fact it probably was not. The walled garden needs to be kept up, I was quite disappointed by this and it was the only garden that did not exceed my expectations. The large cafe was open and the small one was closed when it really should have been the other way around, the large one was cold and not inviting at all so we did not stay for food even though we were quite hungry. I'll also say that the signage to get to the house is good if you come in from the direction they expect you to come from, but otherwise it is a little confusing, a critical eye should be placed onto that and updated as we got lost and took us a while to find the place, not a disaster but if the signage had of been better placed we would have never missed it. I know we arrived at the end of the season and I know things were closing down but if you are open for business and I am paying the full amount I should be getting the full experience. They should get a manager in who has experience in revamping venues like this and making them into a more fluid experience. I think with some hard work on the house and some revamping outside, updating, better signage, more information and care and attention to detail this could be one of the best houses of its kind in Ireland to visit. While still worth a visit and has tonnes of potential it still needs a lot of work.
  • I was looking forward to my visit to Lissadell House, especially given its significance in Irish history. However.....what a disappointment! The entrance fee was 12 Euros per person, and we opted for the tour; for that fee we saw 4 or 5 rooms. The tour guide was desperately talking about the history of the family, but it was obvious it was 'filler' as the public are allowed to see so little of the house. I know that the house has been bought by a barrister couple from Dublin, but for such a significant house to see 4/5 rooms out of over 70 and to charge that fee isn't really on. We then went to the Walled Victorian Garden - the pictures in the visitors centre and leading up to it suggested it might be good - this was simply not the case. Nice fruit trees, but everything else either baron or overgrown. Compared with other sites (noteably the relatively close National Trust properties of Florence Court, Castle Coole etc), this was disappointing. The tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and very good, but I wonder how much better the tour and the whole experience could be if there was more to see.
  • Amazing place with peaceful areas and beautiful views, The Alpine Garden is just stunning and I can't wait to see the Kitchen Garden being brought back to its full potential.
  • Drove all the way from wexford to see the house but were refused admittance due to some orienteering event of which there was no advertisement. Website says house is open today (13th November) After reading the other comments..we are glad to have saved our money.
  • 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..👍😊