At the magnificent 160 acre Lakeside Estate of Belvedere House Gardens & Park, within Ireland’s Ancient East, you can enjoy stunning views. It is home to 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, one of Ireland’s finest collections of rare plants, Fairy Garden, three playgrounds, a gift shop, picnic areas and licensed café. A visit to Belvedere is a superb day with a difference.
Open Daily Year Round
See the website for opening times.
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.
5 km south of Mullingar on N52
1 hour from Dublin, M4/N4, Exit 15
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
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