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“A Hidden Gem”
Built at the end of the C17th, Beaulieu is one of the best preserved examples of an early unfortified mansion to be found in Ireland. Situated on the banks of the River Boyne, it was built around a Plunkett property by Sir Henry Tichbourne, a soldier-turned-statesman, who came from Hampshire, in the 1620s.
Beaulieu’s unique architecture is in the ‘artisan mannerist’ style, with a hipped roof, tall chimney stacks and delicate, red brick dressings. Inside, a decorative scheme survives from the 1720s, with ornate plasterwork, panelling and paintings attributed to Willem van der Hagen. Family portraits, Baroque carvings of musical instruments, weaponry and a port-scape, showing the medieval walls of the town of Drogheda, can also be seen.
Beaulieu is still a family home and has descended through eleven generations – often through the maternal line. House and garden are open to visitors and small groups – with advance booking for groups of 10, or more. (Please use the Contact Page, for bookings outside of Summer opening days).
A tour guide will show you round – with a tour lasting about 50 minutes.
The vibrant walled garden is self-guided and contains many unusual plants, shrubs and fruit trees.
Opening Times for House and Garden in 2017:
June 1st, 2017 – September 10th, 2017 | Monday – Friday, 11 – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday Opening in July and August, 1pm – 5pm
Heritage Week: August 19th-27th, 2017
Price: €10 per person (includes 50 minute tour) | Free for under 16s | Garden only: €5 per person
Dogs on leads
Tea, coffee, scones and buffet lunches can be catered for visiting groups 20 +
Please send us your enquiry through the Contact page. Tel: 00 353 41 9838557
Please check our FB page for daily details and the house answer phone for more information on occasional closed days and upcoming events.
For events in May and June 2017, please check websites for news about Drogheda Arts Festival and Vantastival
We are members of the Boyne Valley Garden Trail. A route map to other gardens and houses in the area can be downloaded here.
Please down load this PDF brochure for the 2017 Boyne Valley Holiday Guide