Avondale House was built in 1777 for Samuel Hayes, a barrister but whose passion for trees led him to write his first book on Irish Forestry. Avondale House and Forest Park has much to offer the visitor , whether their interest is Charles Stewart Parnell – “ The Uncrowned King of Ireland” , the development of forestry in Ireland and the extensive collection of trees and shrubs in this 214 hectares estate from around the globe , the long open sweep of The Great Ride to the towering conifers on the banks of the Avonmore River.
The House passed to the Parnell’s in 1795, and on the 27th June, 1846 when Ireland was in the grip of famine Charles Stewart Parnell was born, he went on to become one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history.
The House features original plasterwork and furniture belonging to the Parnell family.
Directions: On the N11 – exit Junction 17 for Rathdrum, take R752 to Rathdrum and L2149 to Avondale House and Forest Park.
Avondale is 1.5miles south of Rathdrum.
Open: Easter to 31st October. Subject to change. See www.coillteoutdoors for daily opening or call 0404-46111 (11-4pm).
Last admission to House one hour before advertised closing time.
Admission: Adult Rate €7.50, Concession €7.00 Family (2A,2C) €22.00
Excellent group rates( from 10 +) available – booking necessary for groups.
Guided tour with Professional Forester (10+)– must be pre booked – €5.00pp.
Note: Pay Parking in operation . €5 per car ( exact coins only )
Facilities: The Kitchen Café/Tea rooms , Signposted Walks, Children’s play area, Orienteering course(download your map on www.coillteoutdoors.ie before you come), Picnic areas, Limited wheelchair access, Dogs welcome(on leads) Large coach and car park with public toilets.
GPS Coordinates: N 52 54.839 W 6 13.394
Map For Avondale House & Forest Park