Winter Wonderland at Westport House
Winter Wonderland at Westport House is a magical family experience brimming with Christmas cheer that will leave the kids starry-eyed and the whole family believing in fairy-tales.Nov 25, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017More details
Westport House is the west coast of Ireland’s number one destination for family fun, sky-high action and some of the nation’s most awe-inspiring heritage displays.
It was named Best Leisure Tourism Innovator in 2017 at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards, the Best Family Holiday Destination in 2015 and Best Tourism Business in Mayo in 2016. It truly is the jewel in the crown of the West.
It is open to the public all year round although opening hours and offering vary by season.
Westport House is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s best-loved heritage attractions – and is rightly called the most beautiful house in Ireland.
With over 30 rooms on show, visitors can immerse themselves in life as far back as the 16th century when Grace O’Malley the Pirate Queen of Connacht ruled the land and seas around the estate. Built upon the foundations of one of her many castles which can still be toured in the dungeons today, the original Westport House was built in 1650 by Colonel John Browne and his wife Maud Burke, Grace O’Malley’s great-great-granddaughter.
Since then it has undergone a number of developments under the direction of the celebrated architects Richard Cassels (of Carton and Leinster House architectural fame), James Wyatt and Thomas Ivory, progressing from a smaller, one room deep residence with a central open courtyard to the stately square house complete with balustraded terraces that we recognise today.
Pirate Adventure Park
A Treasure Trove of Family Fun and Winner of Best Family Visitor Attraction* in Ireland. Do you want a variety of things to do to excite the whole family? Looking for an experience that you’ll all cherish for years to come? Look no further!
A day pass to Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park provides unlimited use all day of all of the following attractions:
- Rides including the Cannonball Run slide, Pirate Queen Swinging Ship and Pirates Plunge – Ireland’s ONLY log flume ride
- Great outdoors in this beautiful parkland and lakeside setting
- Swan Pedalo Boats on the lake
- Bouncy Castle
- Go Karting
- Westport House Express – choo choo! – take a ride on our miniature railway
- Real-life Dungeons in Westport House – now decorated in a Grace O’Malley Maritime-theme to depict her sea-faring lifestyle
- Picnic sites, the Galley and the Old Kitchen Cafe in the basement of Westport House
- Pirates Playground by Gracy’s Bar & Cafe
- Pirates Den, our indoor soft play area
Be sure to get here early to enjoy everything on offer – it’s a full day’s fun!
Even More Family Fun at Westport House
We run family-friendly Special events all year long include our Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Fest, Winter Wonderland and more.
We have a range of attractions on site and a range of tickets to hopefully suit everyone. Please check out our Park Map which shows all of our broad range of attractions in blue (Westport House), red (Pirate Adventure Park), Westport Train Tour route and orange (Adventure Activities and Carnival Attractions). There truly is something for everyone!
Camping and Caravans
Westport House Caravan and Camping Park is one of Ireland’s premier caravan and camping destinations, located in the heart of Westport by the majestic expanse of Clew Bay where pirate queen Grace O’Malley once ruled the seas.
Westport House Caravan and Camping Park is situated on the fertile grounds of Westport House Estate just a five-minute drive and a 15-minute stroll from Westport town.
Families, couples and hikers alike will revel in the park’s rich historical surrounds, enchanting forest walks and action-packed adventure activities and attractions.
Our FREE onsite facilities include:
- hot showers
- disabled showers and toilets
- waste water
- picnic and washing up areas
- a recreation room in high season
Kick back and enjoy live music in the evening at Gracy’s Gastro Bar and order from a comprehensive menu of the best of Irish fare, including scrumptious wood-fired pizza. Gracy’s also offers meals throughout the day.
Westport Train Tour
Hop on board our fully-enclosed, guided train tour and experience the story of this West of Ireland town throughout the last 300 years.
Relax in comfort with forward facing seats and a brightly-coloured distinctive appearance that kids will adore. In just under 50 minutes explore the grounds of
Westport House Estate, Westport Quay and the historic town of Westport and enjoy magical views, quirky facts and fascinating stories about the people who once lived here.