Belvedere House, Gardens & Park offers something for young and old.

At Belvedere, you can enjoy stunning views incorporating some of Ireland’s most famous Romantic follies – including the largest in Ireland – the now infamous ‘Jealous Wall’.

The story of Belvedere House is in many respects a reflection of the social history of Georgian Ireland; built in 1740 for Robert Rochfort, Lord Belvedere, as a Georgian Villa, designed by German architect Richard Castles.  Robert Rochfort in 1736 married his 2nd wife Mary Molesworth. 

Robert accused Mary of having an affair with his younger brother Arthur. With little evidence against them, they were both found guilty.  Mary was kept under house arrest for 31 years until Roberts’s death. While Mary was incarcerated in Gaulstown House, Robert had Belvedere House built as his retreat.  These events were a scandal at the time and led to Robert being known as “The Wicked Earl” for his cruel treatment of his wife and subsequently his brother and his family.

Belvedere House, Gardens & Park offers something for young and old. Visitors can enjoy 8km of walks, a Georgian Villa, a Victorian Walled Garden, Fairy Garden, three playgrounds, a gift shop, picnic areas and licensed café. A visit to Belvedere is a superb day with a difference.

  • Magnificent 160 acre Lakeside Estate with 8km of walks
  • Restored Georgian Villa built in 1740
  • Fascinating Romantic follies, including the ‘Jealous Wall’
  • Victorian Walled Garden, Fairy Garden and three children’s playgrounds
  • Gift Shop, licensed café & picnic areas
Open Daily Year Round

Open Year Round

March & October
Daily 09:30 – 18:00
(House, Café & Gift Shop close at 17:00)

April & September
Daily 09:30 – 19:00
(House, Café & Gift Shop close at 17:00)

May – August
House: daily 09:30 – 17:00
Gardens & Park 09:30 – 20:00 (Half price admission after 17:00)

November – February
Daily 09:30 – 16:30

Closed: December 24 to 26 and during Special Events (check website or phone in advance of travel to see when special events run)

Last admission: 1 hour before closing

Approx. visit duration: 2 hours

Admission Prices 2020

Adult: €8.00
Senior (aged 65+): €6.00
Student (with valid ID): €6.00
Child (aged 3-12): €4.00
Child (under 3): Free
Family (2 adult & 2 children): €23.00
*additional children: €3.00 each
Family (1 adult & 1 child): €12.00
Family (1 adult & 2 children): €16.00

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Café serving fresh, local and organic produce. Mediterranean menu, full breakfast menu and high tea menu along with a wine and beer license. Ice-cream and crepe parlour also on-site. Picnic areas.

SHOPPING: Gift shop selling pottery, clothes, toys, jewellery, giftware and Belvedere-branded products.

PARKING: Free car and coach parking on-site.

ACCESSIBILITY: Visitor Centre and cafe are fully wheelchair accessible. The House is not wheelchair accessible, and the grounds and gardens include gravel surfaces and some steep inclines.

GUIDED TOURS: Guided tours available (through English) with pre-booking, at a cost of €1 per person. Minimum numbers apply.

GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum 20 people). Pre-booking required.

Getting There

5 km south of Mullingar on N52

1 hour from Dublin, M4/N4, Exit 15

Map Location: 53.477197, -7.369202
Contact Belvedere House, Gardens and Park

Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Eircode: N91 EF80
T: +353 (0)44 933 8960
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