Lissadell House
Lissadell House
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- Temporarily closed - property is closed 'till June 2024 based from their official website A surprisingly wonderful tour visit, steeped in history, part home, part estate, part museum. I highly recommend this stop when visiting the Drumcliff area of Ireland. Historical characters and references are so interesting in a spectacular setting on Galway Bay. Step back in time with this stop.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Michelle O
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour of house and the family history
    Amazing tour by Leo! So much knowledge of the history of the house and the people who lived there! And the impact they went on to have on society! Could have listened to him for hours and really made it relevant to all on the tour including younger fans!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • eilabros
    Limerick, Ireland52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab House and excellent tour
    Went to Lissadell house for a guided tour. The house is very well restored and maintained. The guided tour was excellent and the gardens are in full bloom in July. A beautiful place to visit when in Sligo.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • birdwoman
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of our trip highlights
    Thoroughly enjoyed our day. We are from Australia and this is a highlight of our month in Ireland. Guide explained the history of The Countess’s involvement in the Irish struggles extremely well. The house has a fascinating history and the owners are doing a wonderful job in the restoration work. Don’t miss the display upstairs in the coachhouse. An amazing collection of historical photos and documents. The coffee one of the best in Ireland and I appreciated the gluten free slices. The scones looked amazing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Paula M
    Tuam, Ireland14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Lissadell
    Spent a couple of lovely hours exploring the estate and taking a tour of the house. Alpine garden is a work in progress but worth a visit. The views are spectacular. The tour of the house was so interesting, our guide Paul was personable, knowledgeable and musical. He played the clarinet for us in the ballroom so that we could appreciate the acoustics. The fire was lit as well, which was a nice touch. It allowed one to stop for a moment and imagine being a guest in that room a hundred years ago. I really enjoyed the part of the tour that took us below stairs. Fantastic to see the kitchen more or less as it was left and the myriad of other rooms that were involved in the running of the house below stairs. Only criticism is that the tour could be longer....it was almost an hour and I agree that that is enough for many people. But there is so much history and so much to see. Maybe they could do longer more detailed tour once a day for those who want to know more or absorb the information more thoroughly?
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • c on
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much to be done.
    Was expecting better. House tour was good and Paul the guide was brilliant, but grounds neglected and on poor condition. Tools left lying around everywhere along with cans of petrol, mowers and tractors. Walk into the gate of alpine garden and your greeted by junk inside the gate. Peoples first opinions count and charging €14 per person was too much for what there was to offer. The alpine garden is for alpine plants, very few to see, mostly horse tail on show, there is biodiversity and there is either don't care or to milk tourists. I'd say it looks it best in winter when it is just conifers to be seen. Wouldn't visit again and really was hoping for better, pity and it's a lovely location.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • kate
    Belfast, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Don’t know if those leaving negative reviews were at the same place as me. We are a mixed age group. My 19y/o daughter loved it, wonder what people expect. We live in a listed building it is a different life style. Scones were to die for, with strawberry jam and cream. I could only eat half but brought the other half back for later, also a reasonable price! Bought the Lissadell strawberry jam. If I had have known it would be so good I would have bought the other jams. Maybe they could be sold online! 😀
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Aisling
    4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much potential squandered
    Nothing can take from the setting, the inherent beauty of the house and the history of its inhabitants and their place in Irish society but as a visitor experience it was very lacking. The tour guide - who didn't give his name - opened the door to the house and said in a very abrupt way, you can leave your umbrellas here. No smiles, no welcome to Lisadell, no preliminaries at all. Then straight into a very rushed tour with no opportunities to ask questions and limited time to look around the beautiful rooms and artefacts. He spoke incredibly fast which was OK for Irish people but would have been extremely challenging for most people for whom English is not their first language. As a local, I felt somewhat embarrassed and would have been mortified if I had been bringing foreign guests. The grounds were OK but nothing special and the walled garden was just grass and trees and weeds. Honestly, we're not too great at this heritage business in Ireland and lack the kind of standards and rigour set by the likes of the National Trust in England but usually the charm and personality of the guides somewhat make up for it. In this case, it all felt a bit sad and second rate and actually very frustrating because the raw materials are brilliant. I visited Florencecourt outside Enniskillen a few weeks ago and they do a better job with much less to work with. I don't know what the solution is, it is a private concern with limited money to invest and few volunteer opportunities such as the NT properties like Florencecourt would have. But start with the people, get that right and people are a bit more forgiving of the rest I think.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
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Ann-marie C
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited as a family with our autistic child, he was being no bother whatsoever, he had a little tablet that was on the lowest volume which you could barely hear and he asked us to turn it off in front of a full tour of people.
So we then spent the rest of the tour trying to keep him happy which was surely more distracting for the guide.
The tour went on for far too long, good history but some of it could be kept brief. The house is a bit plain and the facts all very dreary.
The cafe served next to no real food, just coffee and cake. Which when you've travelled for a while and the venue says it has a cafe is just disappointing.
All in all, a poor experience and expensive for the experience we had.
You need to get some awareness that not all disabilities are visible.
Written 31 December 2023
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Aisling
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Nothing can take from the setting, the inherent beauty of the house and the history of its inhabitants and their place in Irish society but as a visitor experience it was very lacking. The tour guide - who didn't give his name - opened the door to the house and said in a very abrupt way, you can leave your umbrellas here. No smiles, no welcome to Lisadell, no preliminaries at all. Then straight into a very rushed tour with no opportunities to ask questions and limited time to look around the beautiful rooms and artefacts. He spoke incredibly fast which was OK for Irish people but would have been extremely challenging for most people for whom English is not their first language. As a local, I felt somewhat embarrassed and would have been mortified if I had been bringing foreign guests. The grounds were OK but nothing special and the walled garden was just grass and trees and weeds. Honestly, we're not too great at this heritage business in Ireland and lack the kind of standards and rigour set by the likes of the National Trust in England but usually the charm and personality of the guides somewhat make up for it. In this case, it all felt a bit sad and second rate and actually very frustrating because the raw materials are brilliant. I visited Florencecourt outside Enniskillen a few weeks ago and they do a better job with much less to work with. I don't know what the solution is, it is a private concern with limited money to invest and few volunteer opportunities such as the NT properties like Florencecourt would have. But start with the people, get that right and people are a bit more forgiving of the rest I think.
Written 21 August 2023
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Tammi L
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
I was really looking forward to a guided tour of this historic home, but was so disappointed. With the potential to be such a gem on the WAW , it is sad to see it looking so scruffy and to have had a miserable tour experience. Although our guide was clearly knowledgeable, his delivery was terrible. I learnt nothing, felt very rushed and wouldn't dream of taking anyone here again. He finished by saying 'oh god..I've got to do this all again now and I've got such a headache' and rushed off. €14 a head...Come on Lisadell, you can do so much better than this.
Written 19 August 2023
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kate
Belfast, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Don’t know if those leaving negative reviews were at the same place as me. We are a mixed age group. My 19y/o daughter loved it, wonder what people expect. We live in a listed building it is a different life style. Scones were to die for, with strawberry jam and cream. I could only eat half but brought the other half back for later, also a reasonable price! Bought the Lissadell strawberry jam. If I had have known it would be so good I would have bought the other jams. Maybe they could be sold online! 😀
Written 19 August 2023
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Luke R
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Business
Lisadell was very accommodating of larger groups. We felt very welcomed & thoroughly enjoyed the door.

Doon historical society.
Written 16 August 2023
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c on
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Was expecting better. House tour was good and Paul the guide was brilliant, but grounds neglected and on poor condition. Tools left lying around everywhere along with cans of petrol, mowers and tractors. Walk into the gate of alpine garden and your greeted by junk inside the gate. Peoples first opinions count and charging €14 per person was too much for what there was to offer. The alpine garden is for alpine plants, very few to see, mostly horse tail on show, there is biodiversity and there is either don't care or to milk tourists. I'd say it looks it best in winter when it is just conifers to be seen. Wouldn't visit again and really was hoping for better, pity and it's a lovely location.
Written 6 August 2023
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Paula M
Tuam, Ireland14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Spent a couple of lovely hours exploring the estate and taking a tour of the house. Alpine garden is a work in progress but worth a visit. The views are spectacular. The tour of the house was so interesting, our guide Paul was personable, knowledgeable and musical. He played the clarinet for us in the ballroom so that we could appreciate the acoustics. The fire was lit as well, which was a nice touch. It allowed one to stop for a moment and imagine being a guest in that room a hundred years ago. I really enjoyed the part of the tour that took us below stairs. Fantastic to see the kitchen more or less as it was left and the myriad of other rooms that were involved in the running of the house below stairs.
Only criticism is that the tour could be longer....it was almost an hour and I agree that that is enough for many people. But there is so much history and so much to see. Maybe they could do longer more detailed tour once a day for those who want to know more or absorb the information more thoroughly?
Written 3 August 2023
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birdwoman
melbourne15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed our day. We are from Australia and this is a highlight of our month in Ireland. Guide explained the history of The Countess’s involvement in the Irish struggles extremely well. The house has a fascinating history and the owners are doing a wonderful job in the restoration work. Don’t miss the display upstairs in the coachhouse. An amazing collection of historical photos and documents. The coffee one of the best in Ireland and I appreciated the gluten free slices. The scones looked amazing.
Written 20 July 2023
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Iris F
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The estate is run down and not well managed. Tour was excellent but the young man at reception was rude and unhelpful.

I would remind the family it's a republic even if you live in the big house.
Written 18 July 2023
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Mary N
Clifden, Ireland2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
OMG I was so disappointed

We stopped here as my husband really wanted to see this place.
As I had a sore foot I looked forward while waiting having a coffee and cake.

Well first
Cup of coffee was ice cold. So when I told the girl she wanted to add hot water. I said no it is ice cold. The second one came out the same.
Finally the third was a hot brew.

Unfortunately the carrot cake so dry and stale it was not edible.
Thought this very bad for a place you go so far off the beaten track to visit .

A major disappointment.

Written 12 July 2023
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