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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. Nestled between green meadows and ancient woodland on the banks of the River Boyne, it was built around a Plunkett tower house 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 fascinating painting of the town of Drogheda, in the early C18th, can also be viewed.
Beaulieu is 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 45-50 minutes.
The vibrant 4 acre walled garden is self-guided and contains many unusual plants, shrubs and fruit trees.
(Apologies, there is no longer a car collection, however a photo display remains.)
Opening Times for House and Garden in 2017
June 1st, 2017 – September 7th, 2017 | Monday – Friday,
Gardens open 1-5pm
House open for guided tours 1-5pm – starting on the hour
There is Saturday and Sunday opening in July and August when the garden is open 1pm-5pm, and guided tours of house, 1pm-5pm
House tours are based on a first come, first served basis, but payment can be made, if preferred, in advance using the Pay Pal button. We will confirm your booking. Max number 10 people.
Open Bank Holiday Mondays in the Summer.
Heritage Week: August 18th-26th, 2018, same times as above.
Price: €10 per person | Free for under 16s | Garden only: €2 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