The most perfect house in Ireland!
Russborough House has the longest facade of any house in Ireland. It stands on a magnificent site, overlooking Blessington Lakes in West Wicklow. Built in the 1740's by the Earl of Milltown with money from his brewing business, it has an interesting history.
In 1952 it was bought by Sir Alfred Beit and Lady Beit to house their outstanding art collection, which included works by Vermeer, Goya, Murillo. In later years the Beits generously donated the house and the art collection to the Irish State.
The Beits lived on a grand scale with a large staff, and a wide circle of friends came to visit them here - Fred Astaire, Mick Jagger, Jackie Kennedy to name but a few.
Our visit here takes you through the house with it's magnificent contents and paintings and then you can view the new exhibition outlining their lifestyle and history. Sir Alfred was a keen photographer and his collection of cine films showing his travels in the 1920's and 1930's are featured in this exhibition.
This tour will include a visit to Russborough (guided by their guides here and subject to admission charges), a drive via Hollywood, Co Wicklow to cross the Wicklow Mountains and view some outstanding scenery.
We then visit Glendalough, the "Valley of the two lakes" and view the ruins of the monastic city and view two lakes formed by the last ice age.
We will return to Dublin through the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Dublin's coastal drive.
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