King House
Art GalleriesHistory Museums
11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00
About
King House is a beautifully restored Georgian mansion situated in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. First built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, a powerful local landowning dynasty, the house later became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers. The house is now open to the public as a museum dedicated to bringing its history to life. The house is also an art gallery housing the Boyle Civic Art Collection, the third largest public collection in Ireland. We look forward to your visit!
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  • PAUL S
    Ireland66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super house full of Irish history
    I was surprised at how interesting our visit to King House in Boyle was. The guide was incredibly impressive and knowledgeable but the building itself and its history told so much about Ireland and the inequalities of colonial rule. The other half or 1% certainly knew how to live. The King Harmons found this magnificent house too small and moved to another huge mansion nearby. Money was not a problem for this family while most of the Irish people were living at subsistence levels. The house became home to the Connaught Rangers and on Independence in 1922 became part of the Irish army, Roscommon County Council must be given great credit for its great sympathetic restoration of this place of history.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Rach H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit.
    A very enjoyable morning spent learning the history of Kings House and the Kings family. Worth a visit to see the beautiful architecture and memorabilia from over the years. Its steeped in history. Our tour guide Thomas made the experience so much more worth it. He is extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. Thomas was an absolute pleasure to listen to and to speak to.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Carol F
    Ryde, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    Wonderful, such an interesting house. We were taken through by Mary who is so enthusiastic about the house and her love of it shines through. We would thoroughly recommend a visit. Parking outside in the street was easy and free and the cafe was also excellent with very friendly staff
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Kelly C
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem, best guide I've ever experienced
    Absolutely brilliant gallery, museum learned so much history through so many periods but huge shout out to Mary for being a funny and interesting guide made it so much better to have Mary tell us everything but also let us roam as well. Also Thomas who took time to show us the beautiful saloon room. Can't recommend enough and if you like art its everywhere..
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 February 2024
  • Ann W
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    What an interesting place. We were expecting it to be a grand, historical house but in fact it was even more interesting - part past-family home, part museum and part cultural centre. Full marks to the local authority who rescued and repurposed the house with such vision.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2024
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Ann W
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What an interesting place. We were expecting it to be a grand, historical house but in fact it was even more interesting - part past-family home, part museum and part cultural centre. Full marks to the local authority who rescued and repurposed the house with such vision.
Written 23 May 2024
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Kelly C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Absolutely brilliant gallery, museum learned so much history through so many periods but huge shout out to Mary for being a funny and interesting guide made it so much better to have Mary tell us everything but also let us roam as well. Also Thomas who took time to show us the beautiful saloon room. Can't recommend enough and if you like art its everywhere..
Written 18 February 2024
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Carol F
Ryde, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Wonderful, such an interesting house. We were taken through by Mary who is so enthusiastic about the house and her love of it shines through. We would thoroughly recommend a visit. Parking outside in the street was easy and free and the cafe was also excellent with very friendly staff
Written 25 September 2023
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HennyG524
Enniskillen, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We visited King House in Boyle today and had the absolute pleasure of meeting Tom, our tour guide. I have rarely met a more engaging, enthusiastic and informed young man. His knowledge of local and Irish history was astounding. He talked to us for a least an hour on the history of the house, the King family and the Connacht Rangers. Afterwards we were free to explore the house at our own leisure - although an excellent leaflet guide is provided. King House is a Georgian mansion which has been carefully and authentically restored by Roscommon County Council and the exhibits tell the story of the King-Harman family but also displays cultural collections and Irish history exhibitions. The Gaelic Ireland exhibition tells of the high kings and Irish Chieftains. The exhibition then moves to the time of the Ascendancy. The lands granted to Sir John King in 1603 had belonged to the McDermott Clan. I particularly loved the tale of Úna Bhán Mac Dermott - a tragic Irish love story.
There is so much in this museum so please leave yourself plenty of time. Don’t miss the McAleese collection - pieces of art and artefacts from all over the world, including the Middle East, Asia and Europe given to Mrs Mary McAleese during her time as President of Ireland and kindly donated to this museum for the enjoyment of the people of Ireland.
Written 24 September 2023
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AngelaMM111
Cork, Ireland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The staff were fabulous. Friendly. Informed. Helpful.
The house is beautiful - very well restored.
Exhibits are varied and interesting. Very well presented.
Written 5 September 2023
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Jacinta L
galway98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A lovely visit to a stunning house, and to marvel at the restoration undertaken by the council over many years. A lovely friendly guide gave us an overview of the history, and then leisure time to stroll through the house and see the many great displays and photographs.
Written 1 September 2023
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Funcargo
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Interesting stop in King House, really enjoyed the house and tour, Mary was very informative and super friendly. Would definitely recommend stopping in Boyle as it is a little gem of a town.
Written 11 August 2023
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Rach H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A very enjoyable morning spent learning the history of Kings House and the Kings family. Worth a visit to see the beautiful architecture and memorabilia from over the years. Its steeped in history. Our tour guide Thomas made the experience so much more worth it. He is extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. Thomas was an absolute pleasure to listen to and to speak to.
Written 9 August 2023
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Francis
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A wonderful history lesson on Irelands houses and Gentry and a way of life. Thomas our tour guide was so engaging and knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour. I would highly recommend it to anyone
Written 8 August 2023
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PAUL S
Ireland66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I was surprised at how interesting our visit to King House in Boyle was. The guide was incredibly impressive and knowledgeable but the building itself and its history told so much about Ireland and the inequalities of colonial rule. The other half or 1% certainly knew how to live. The King Harmons found this magnificent house too small and moved to another huge mansion nearby. Money was not a problem for this family while most of the Irish people were living at subsistence levels. The house became home to the Connaught Rangers and on Independence in 1922 became part of the Irish army, Roscommon County Council must be given great credit for its great sympathetic restoration of this place of history.
Written 6 August 2023
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