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“A Hidden Gem”
Beaulieu is one of the first unfortified houses built in Ireland. Situated on the banks of the River Boyne, it was designed around an old Plunkett property by Sir Henry Tichbourne, who was granted a Patent to the lands in 1666, by Charles II.
The house is a rare example of late C17th architecture in the Artisan Mannerist style, with a hipped roof, tall chimneys and delicate red brick dressings. Fine interior plasterwork and a dramatic ceiling painting by artist Willem van der Hagen can be seen along side exuberant Baroque trophy carvings of musical instruments and weaponry in the Great Hall. A collection of family portraits, each with a story to tell, completes the decorative scheme, unaltered since the 1720s.
House and garden are open for guided tours between 1st June and 4th September 2016, and by appointment for groups of 10, or more, at other times of the year. A tour guide will show you round with a tour lasting about 50 minutes.
The vibrant walled garden, with its double herbaceous border and south-facing terrace, is self-guided and contains many unusual plants and trees for the gardening enthusiast. We are members of the Boyne Valley Garden Trail and a route map to other gardens and houses in the area can be downloaded here. Boyne Garden Trail Map 2016
Opening Times for House and Garden:
June 1st, 2016 – September 4th, 2016 | Monday – Friday, 11 – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday Opening in July and August, 1pm – 5pm
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.
Please send us your enquiry through the Contact page.
Please check our FB page for daily details and the house answer phone for more information on occasional closed days and upcoming events.
00 353 (0)41 9838557
Two dates for your diaries in August. We are so looking forward to seeing you!
Culture Vultures…An evening of music, poetry and an artist interview to celebrate 10th Anniversary year of Drogheda’s Highlanes Art Gallery, curated and hosted by Tony Clayton-Lea.
Wine will be served and bus to deliver and carry you home.
To book: www.eventbrite.ie
HERITAGE WEEK AUGUST 20TH-28TH
THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL TALK ON THURSDAY 25TH AUGUST, 6PM-7.30PM
RICHARD MC LOUGHLIN, CONSERVATION ARCHITECT, WILL BE LEADING A WALKING TOUR OF THE DESIGNED LANDSCAPE AROUND BEAULIEU.
MEETING AT THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE AT 6PM, FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS.
ENTRY FREE/NO BOOKING – MAX. NO. 50 PEOPLE.
PARKING AT FRONT OF HOUSE