Historic Houses and Castles

Historic Houses and Castles

Avondale House and Forest Park


Republic of Ireland

Avondale House, birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891), is set in a magnificent 500 acre forest park near Rathdrum in County Wicklow. This interesting Georgian house was built in 1777, and contains fine original plasterwork and the Parnell family furniture.

There is an audio visual presentation, expert guides, a café serving fresh and locally sourced produce with a wine licence, picnic and children’s play area and three orienteering courses (maps can be downloaded on

The 500 acre park has a number of marked walks: the River Walk, Pine Walk, Sli na Slainte walk, Cairn Walk, Centenary Walk and recently opened Railway Walk.

Guided Tours Available: Duration approx one hour.
Audio Visual Presentation: Twenty five minutes, history of Parnell and Avondale.


Open Easter to October 31 | Easter - May & September – October: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 - 16:00 | June – August: Daily 10:00 - 17:00 | Last admission: 45 minutes before closing | Closed: November to Easter.

Admission Prices

Refer to website for Admission prices

Useful Links

The Kitchen Café: Light tasty home food, ideal lunch or coffee stop. | Audio Visual Presentation | Disabled Access Limited, ground floor of house and café accessible. | Car parking charge in operation during open season | Also seasonal car parking sticker available.

Things To Do Nearby

Summer festivals