Avondale House & Forest Park includes the Charles Stewart Parnell Museum. Over 500 acres of mature woodland with tree’s from all over the world including the tallest collection of Trees in Ireland. We have walking trails from an easy 1 hour walk to a tough 5 hour walks. Avondale House was built in 1779. In 1846 Charles Stewart Parnell was born in the house, one of Irelands greatest ever political leaders of modern Irish history. Today the house is a museum. Avondale is a beautiful Georgian House designed by James Wyatt and built in 1777 and completed in 1779 contains fine plasterwork by the Francini Brothers and many original pieces of furniture. The American Room is dedicated to Admiral Charles Stewart – Parnell’s American grandfather who manned the USS Constitution during the 1812 war. Visitors are introduced to this wonderful historical house by a specially commissioned audio visual presentation. Other facilities include a licensed cafe, book shop, picnic areas, children’s play area, three orienteering courses and numerous walking trails. In 1904 the state purchased the Avondale Estate to develop modern day forestry in Ireland. Today its still regarded as the historic home of Irish Forestry and silviculture.
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.
Opening Times for 2013: Avondale House – the Charles Stewart Parnell Museum June, July & August: 11:00 – 17:00 (7 days a week including bank holiday Mondays) September: 11:00 – 16:00 (Closed on Mondays) October: 11:00 – 16:00 Avondale House – Kitchen / Café Kitchen Café June, July & August: 11:00 – 17:00 (7 days a week including bank holiday Mondays) September: 11:00 – 16:00 (Closed on Mondays) October: 11:00 – 16:00 (Weekends only and Bank holiday Monday) Last admission to House one hour before advertised closing time.
Admission: Adults: €5, Student/Child: €3, Child (U5): Free, Senior: €4 Family: €14 (2A + 2C) Excellent group rates( from 10 +) available – booking necessary for groups. 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.
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