6 Reasons to Book a Guided Tour of Westport House

Westport Estate, a 400-acre Estate featuring a historic home, outdoor adventure park, glamping village, eateries and campsite.

There’s more to this historic home than meets the eye.

With so many things to learn at Westport House, a guided tour is the prefect way to experience the fascinating history of this 300-year-old home.

Voted one of things to do in Mayo, here’s 6 reasons you need to book a guided tour of Westport House: 

A 300-year-old historic house set within 400-acres of natural beauty. Visit Westport House.
A 300-year-old historic house set within 400-acres of natural beauty. Visit Westport House.

1. World Famous Architecture

Built by the Browne family in the 18th century, Westport House was designed by famous architects, Richard Cassels, James Wyatt and Thomas Ivory.

With its magnificent design crafted by some of the most expertly skilled architects of their time, it’s no wonder Westport House is considered one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes.

Frequently described today as one of Ireland’s National Treasures, our guides will show you the house’s glorious architecture during your tour.  

Be sure to stop and take a moment to admire the views from Westport House.
Be sure to stop and take a moment to admire the views from Westport House.

2. Magnificent Views

When you’re wandering the house, our guides will always encourage you to take a moment to look out the windows and take in the incredible views of Westport. 

From here, you can not only capture sights of the lake and gardens but also catch a glimpse of Clew Bay, Clare Island, and the majestic Croagh Patrick in the distance.

Venture into the dungeons at Westport House, the foundations of a castle belonging to Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley.
Venture into the dungeons at Westport House, the foundations of a castle belonging to Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley.
Family admiring the bronze statue of Grace O’Malley on the grounds of Westport Estate.
Family admiring the bronze statue of Grace O’Malley on the grounds of Westport Estate.

3. Connection to a Pirate Queen

16th century Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley is an iconic figure in Irish History and strongly connected to Westport House. 

She is remembered for her independent spirit, remarkable maritime adventures and fearless leadership in a predominantly male-dominated world.

Grace O’Malley had several castles in the West of Ireland and it was on the foundations of one of these that Westport House was actually built.

There is still an area of her original castle in the basement of the House (now known as The Dungeons), which our guides will show you during your visit. 

A rare Irish Elk Head is among the many artefacts you’ll discover during your guided tour of Westport House.
A rare Irish Elk Head is among the many artefacts you’ll discover during your guided tour of Westport House.

4. Unbelievable Artefacts

From a 3,000-year-old Greek Sarcophagus to a rare Irish Elk Head and a chair used at the coronation of King George V – there’s a treasure trove of artefacts at Westport House!

Our guides are experts on all the antiquities of the house so be sure to ask lots of questions! 

Enjoy our famous tours of Westport House with our top-rated guides.
Enjoy our famous tours of Westport House with our top-rated guides.

5. Top-Rated Guided Tours

Journey through Westport House with our highly acclaimed 5-star guides, one of the best tours in Westport.

Our guided Westport House tours are a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award Winner 2023!

Our tours are available from March until December, offering you the chance to discover the estate’s treasures in any season.

Experience Afternoon Tea at Westport House, served in the traditional Drawing Room.
Experience Afternoon Tea at Westport House, served in the traditional Drawing Room.

6. Private Guided Group Tours 

For those seeking an exclusive experience, we offer a variety of private group Westport House tours with our knowledgeable guides.

As well as a private guided tour of the house, our Westport House group packages also include a delightful Afternoon Tea & Tour served in the elegant traditional drawing room, a Birds of Prey Display or a Horse & Hound Welcome.

Mickey Mouse at our Family Fun Day, BBQ & Beats Summer Series at Gracy's, Westport Estate.
Mickey Mouse at our Family Fun Day, BBQ & Beats Summer Series at Gracy’s, Westport Estate.
Visit Westport Adventure, Mayo's newest outdoor adventure park in Westport.
Visit Westport Adventure, Mayo’s newest outdoor adventure park in Westport.

7. Bonus Point! 

There’s so many things to do at Westport Estate!

Our brand new outdoor adventure park, Westport Adventure, opens this summer at Westport Estate. Complete with ziplines, aerial trekking, giant slides and Ireland’s Largest Net Park, it’s an adrenaline-fulled adventure the whole family will love.

For lunch, head down to The Coach House and check out the Toastie Food Truck for the best toasted sandwich in Westport. 

For some delicious summer dining right in the farmyard, head to Gracy’s Pizzeria, Bar & Bistro for the best woodfire pizza, smash burgers and sundaes in Westport.

Top Tip: Check out our Gracy’s BBQ & Beats Summer Series for live music, summer BBQ, Family Fun Days and more! 

Book your guided tour of Westport House today.
Book your guided tour of Westport House today.

Tickets & Times

Please refer to our Opening Hours page for the most up-to-date hours for Westport House. 

Individuals can book their tour online or at Westport House.

For private tours, please contact contact us directly on 098 27766 or email [email protected]

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