Russborough House in Blessington

Russborough House is located in Blessington (county of Wicklow)

Address: Russborough, Blessington

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Phone: 045 865239
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Russborough House is a stately house situated near the Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow. It is reputed to be the longest house in Ireland, with a frontage measuring 210 m/700 ft. It is an example of Palladian architecture, designed by Richard Cassels for Joseph Leeson, 1st Earl of Milltown and built between 1741 and 1755. The interior of the house contains some ornate plasterwork on the ceilings by the Lafranchini brothers, who also collaborated with Cassels on Carton House in Maynooth. Sir Alfred Beit bought the house in 1952 where he housed his own family’s collection, comprising works by many great artists, including Goya, Vermeer, Peter Paul Rubens and Thomas Gainsborough. The Beit collection has donated many of its works to the state but substantial proportion of the paintings have been returned and been made available to view by the owners, the Alfred Beit Foundation. Offering guided house tours with art, architecture and world famous inspiring artifacts from across the globe and stories from our expert guides Russborough is a truely unique experience.


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