Westport House, Westport

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Westport House in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, is a well known Irish tourist attraction, owned by the Hughes family, who own a number of businesses in the west of Ireland. Until January 2017 it was the ancestral seat of the Browne family, whose head was the Marquesses of Sligo. The title and the house were separated in 2014, following the death of the 11th Marquess of Sligo, who left the estate to his five daughters. His titles passed to his first cousin, Sebastian Ulick Browne, a residential real estate agent in Australia. It was built by the Browne family in the 18th Century, near the site of an O'Malley castle. The architects were Richard Cassels, who built (1730) the east section of the house facing the town, and later James Wyatt, who built the other three façades to form a quadrangle. Later the quadrangle was filled in with a grand staircase. North and south wings were added to the designs of Benjamin Wyatt. The south wing, which contained a library, was burned soon after it was built due to a defect in the heating system. It was subsequently rebuilt.
A model farm was built in the demesne in the early part of the 19th century with accommodation for housing animals and animal feed.
The remains of an old boathouse open to the sea.
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  • Well worth a visit- we spent 3 hours in the house. Lots to see, read and understand the history of Westport and Irish history.  more »
  • Nice walk through Westport house and gardens. Well worth a visit. Access from the grounds to the town centre of Westport.  more »
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  • This is such a beautiful place. The village of Westport is the quintessential village. The people were very friendly and the village itself was just beautiful. In a bar I met a man, from Chicago, no less, who comes to Ireland once a year, and who, this time brought his brother from Miami, and he told me I had to go see the Westport House; a ten minute walk from the ClewBay Hotel. So, I went. It has a wonderful history and amazing grounds and architecture. A must see, to be true.
  • Lovely place for the whole family to spend the day especially if the weather permits. The visit inside the house and attractions are quite expensive though. Be ready to spend a good amount if you plan to see / enjoy everything.

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