HHI Houses for Heritage Week

Historic Houses of Ireland members are opening their homes for all of Heritage Week!

We represent some 150 protected properties in private hands, ranging in size from large castles to more modest country homes. Many have been in the hands of the same families for generations and so their landscapes and woodlands have been preserved almost intact over the centuries. Others were more recently acquired by passionate new owners who have dedicated themselves to restoring both their homes and preserving the lands they stand on.  Our members are so excited to welcome you into their homes and gardens to discover more about what makes these wonderful houses and their lands truly sustainable and champions of biodiversity, the overarching themes for Heritage Week 2022. 

Learn about our owners' passion for heritage and biodiversity at first hand right throughout Heritage Week! 

Follow HHI's Heritage Trail here for details of most of the houses listed below: https://www.heritageweek.ie/nc/my-events-trail?id=iadbpndugy

Historic Houses of Ireland - Heritage Week by Day: 

Sunday, 14th August

Blarney House   

Blarney, Co. Cork.

Tour of Blarney House    14th August        10.00 am -2.00 pm

Monday, 15th August

Castle Leslie,

Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

 Guided Tour of Walled Garden   15th August       11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Tuesday, 16th August

Castle Leslie 

Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

 Guided Tour of Walled Garden   16th August       11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Wednesday 17th August

Ballyvolane House           


Co. Cork

Guided Tour of House and Grounds         12.00 am - 4.00 pm

Altidore Castle,


Co. Wicklow.      

Mature Native Woodland Walk                  4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Birr Castle,


Co. Offaly

From Buds to Bees: Pollinators and their Interaction with Plants                 11-12 pm, 2- 3pm 

Thursday, 18th August

Gloster House,


Co. Offaly

Tour of House and Gardens by owner     18th August       6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Birr Castle,


Co. Offaly Biodiversity With Pond Dipping at Birr Castle Demesne              18th August        11.30 am-12.30 pm, 2.30 pm-3.30 pm

Loughton House,


Co. Offaly

Visit one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Ireland.  18th August    2.00 pm-2.30 pm, 3.00-3.30 pm, 4.00-4.30 pm, 5.00-5.30pm 

Saturday, 20th August 

Ballykilcavan House and Brewery,


Co. Laois 

Tour of Brewery and Yard - Sustainability in nature, heritage and business             2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Killua Castle,


Co. Westmeath

Visit of Gardens, 20th August

Enniscoe House,


Co. Mayo 

Free Tours of the House 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 4.00 pm.

Clonalis House,


Co. Roscommon

Personal Guided House Tours traversing 1,500 years of Irishing history         August 20th 

Visitors will be whisked through 1,500 years of Irish history and  will experience Clonalis's rich heritage through historic documents, such as the last known recorded verdict of brehon law, heirlooms, the harp of Turlough O’Carolan, the inauguration stone of the O’Conor Kings, and family portraits which all play an integral part in the telling of the O’Conor family’s story. 

Tours can be booked online on www.clonalishouse.com



Altidore Castle,


Co. Wicklow

Tours throughout the week but still lots of space on Sunday August 14th and Sunday August 21st at 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm.

Please book in advance: e4altidore@gmail.com. Cost: 5 euro per person.

Corravahan House,


Co. Cavan

Corravahan House: Architecture & History Tours                13th-21st August

Lodge Park Steam Museum and Walled Garden,


Co. Kildare

13th -21st August            2.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Beaulieu House                 

Beaulieu, Drogheda, 

Co. Louth

Tour of House and Gardens, 15th to 21st August 1.00 pm - 5.00  pm.                         

Birr Castle           


Co. Offally

Guided Tour of Interiors of Birr Castle

Check Birr Castle entry on this website for details.                

Stradbally Hall,


Co. Laois

House Tours, 13th-21st August, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm 


Cappamore, Co. Limerick

Tours must be booked in advance through: https://www.hfhtours.ie/castlegarde-castle/

Grenane House, 



Co. Tipperary


North Mayo Heritage Centre,

Enniscoe Estate,

Co. Mayo.

A long lists of exhibitions, talks and workshops ranging from gardening to vintage cars and trains throughout Heritage Week. 

For further details: www.northmayogenealogy.com/events




Event Summary & Location

13 August 2022 - 21 August 2022