King House

King House, Boyle: Hours, Address, King House Reviews: 4.5/5

Art Galleries • History 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!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Trish O
Tullamore, Ireland4 contributions
Very interesting
Sep 2020 • Solo
Information session given by Thomas was very informative, some beautiful State gifts donated by former President Mary McAleese.... very interesting and enjoyable experience
Written 19 September 2020
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JamesandNiamh
Drogheda, Ireland13 contributions
Fantastic Mary!
Sep 2020
Well worth a visit ! Packed full of history and interesting exhibits. Our tour guide was fantastic, full of enthusiasm and information. The new Mary McAleese exhibition alone is a reason to visit.
Written 13 September 2020
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Miriam C
1 contribution
Just go and visit.
Jul 2020
Excellent information from Mary and Thomas who were enthusiastic and helpful all throughout without being overly attentive in these social distanced times. Very interesting house and history. Beautifully restored and furnished. A lot of information and exhibits regarding the Connaught Rangers. This house is a hidden gem that we had never heard of before our recent move to the area. It is well worth a visit and we would highly recommend it. The entry price is very reasonable and there is an on site coffee shop.
Written 15 August 2020
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irishgirl280
Ireland30 contributions
Very interesting, lots to see, lovely staff.
Jul 2020 • Solo
Was glad to see the house has opened still to the public. Was greeted by a lovely lady receptionist who was very kind and enthusiastic. The entrance fee was very good value considering the size of the building and how much there is to see. Upon paying I was given a very informative booklet, with a summary of each room in the house. I was given a background history of the family in the Dining Room by a young male tour guide who was very informative and helpful. After this I follow the yellow arrows across each room, covering a large array of topics from the houses use as a great house to its modern restoration. Lovely display on the Connacht rangers.
Lots of artifacts, displays etc to see. The only pity is there are only 2 rooms that show the building as a "Great House", the salon and dining room. But there's still loads to see.
Highly recommended.
Written 1 August 2020
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Vincent D
Dún Laoghaire, Ireland1,222 contributions
Impressive former town palace for the King family.
Sep 2019
I visited in September when the tourist season was all but over. When i entered the house there was no receptionist- just a man setting up tables who asked me if I wanted any help. I advised that i had seen the house before- and he allowed me to wander around into some rooms. the building is at the centre of the community who care for it, and hold innumerable events there.
there was no charge to go in.
Written 1 October 2019
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Thank you very much Vincent D for taking the time to write your recent review of King House. We really appreciate your feedback. Michael
Written 25 October 2019
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Jim M
Swinford, Ireland20 contributions
Do not miss this gem!
Aug 2019 • Couples
We visited King House on a wet and miserable day. We received a very warm welcome from our guide Mary at reception. Mary introduced us to the house and it's history. She was extremely pleasant and informative. After a short guided tour, we were left to explore the house and exhibitions for ourselves. We spent a very pleasant two hours at King's House and really enjoyed it. Do not miss the Mary Robinson exhibits. These are all gifts presented to her when she was president of Ireland by other heads of state. Some stunning pieces.
Written 31 August 2019
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Thank you very much Jim M for sharing your very pleasant experience of your tour of King house with others here on Trip Advisor. We are very pleased that you received a very warm welcome from your guide Mary and that you really enjoyed your tour of the house. Michael
Written 5 September 2019
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Aidan Leonard
Ballymote, Ireland5 contributions
Very Interesting Attraction in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Roscommon
Aug 2019
Great restoration project - Great and friendly staff - fantastic tour with great guide - worth the visit.
Written 26 August 2019
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Thank you AldoLeonard for your recent review of King House. We really appreciate your feedback and we are delighted that you had a fantastic tour and that you classified the staff as "Great and Friendly" Michael
Written 28 August 2019
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RuthK2012
Hong Kong, China23 contributions
Wonderful interesting history
Aug 2019
Wonderfully and sensitively restored to show it’s diverse uses - family home then barracks. Also has on going different exhibitions - local writings and book launch whilst we were there.
Written 18 August 2019
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Thank you very much for taking the time to write your recent review of King House. We really appreciate your feedback. Michael
Written 21 August 2019
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Mick B
Dublin, Ireland170 contributions
Very enjoyable
Aug 2019 • Friends
Spent about 2 hours looking and reading. €5 very well spent. We found the place on Google maps. It was closing time by the time we were finished so never got a chance to look in the shop or have something to eat in cafe. Good enough reason to come back.
Written 11 August 2019
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Thank you 582mickb very much for taking the time to write your recent review of King House. We really appreciate your feedback and we would be delighted to welcome you back again in the near future when you would have more time to visit the craft shop and restaurant. Michael
Written 21 August 2019
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Ray N
County Dublin, Ireland11 contributions
A trip back in time
Aug 2019
Well worth a visit, from the moment we set foot inside the house the staff were so friendly. There is so much to see. You will find the house is a lot bigger than you think so allow a lot more time for the tour
Written 11 August 2019
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Thank you very much Ray N for your recent review of King House. We really appreciate your feedback and we are delighted that you had a pleasant tour of the house. Michael
Written 21 August 2019
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King House is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
  • Tue - Sat 11:00 - 17:00