Belvedere House

Belvedere House and Gardens

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Name Belvedere House and Gardens County Westmeath Nearest Town Mullingar Access Road N52 About Belvedere House Gardens and Park stands on 160 acres of exquisitely restored parkland on the shores of Lough Ennell just outside Mullingar in county Westmeath.

The main property was initially built by a landlord, Robert Rochfort 1st Earl of Belvedere, in the 18th century.

Belvedere House Gardens and Park features a Visitor centre, Irelands largest folly, The Jealous Wall, restored 18th century House and Gardens, childrens play area and animal sanctuary and is capable of holding the interest of young and old for the three to four hours it takes to explore the place.

Belvederess gardens and many hectares of forest, attract thousands of visitors annually for their beauty.

The house has been restored fully and the grounds are well maintained.

Blvedere Estate today is a very important example of cultural built heritage that has been transformed into a tourism asset of national importance for the region.

Currently attracting over 160,000 visitors a year the estate is a multi faceted tourism/leisure site with a diverse range of uses throughout the year.

Belvedere hosts large scale outdoor events such as multistage weekend music festivals to smaller intimate garden theatre performances.

A day visitor to Belvedere gets to explore the restored Belvedere House, Victorian Walled Garden and rolling parkland with its numerous follies.

Belvedere can be a place of quiet contemplation and also a bustling, vibrant, colourful place with the many events held here, it is a place resonant of the past but relevant to the future.

The historic role of the Big House in Ireland was one of dominance and exclusion.

The Houses were hidden away behind high walls designed to keep people out and were surrounded by idyllic landscaped grounds for the enjoyment of the few.

It is different now as it is so open as a tourist attraction and as well as normal tourism business Belvedere works closely with providing access to large numbers of community based projects, sports clubs, art groups and local initiatives.

Ireland's largest folly, the Jealous Wall is in the grounds of Belvedere House.

This is an enormous pretend ruin built by the owner of Belvedere House to block the view of the neighbouring house, where his brother lived.

It can be assumed that he did not get on too well with his brother.