Tullynally Castle Gardens
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Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tullynally Castle Gardens
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Temporarily closedClosed until Mar 30, 2024
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Landscape gardens in the Midlands of Ireland surrounding 18th century gothic castle. Open during April through to end of September, Thursdays -Sundays only, includes coffee shop. Gothick follies, Flower Gardens and Woodland Walks. Children’s Discovery Trail and Tree Trail available to follow. Visit the family of llamas in the Old Walled Garden. Castle Tours Thurs-Saturday: http://tullynallycastle.rezgo.com/details/311788/castle-tours
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • ninioreilly
    Bray, Ireland8 contributions
    Beautiful gardens
    Stayed in Castlepollard for the weekend and we were recommended by the hotel staff to visit Tullynally Castle. It was a 15 minute walk from the hotel (you can drive too). We were met by two very friendly staff and given a background to the castle and grounds. It was €8 admission to the gardens and definitely money well spent. We had a little map with lots of information about each area of the gardens and we spent a couple of hours rambling through them. A very enjoyable experience and would recommend a visit if you’re ever in the area plus it’s only about 40 minutes from Mullingar!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Jess S
    8 contributions
    Fantastic Experience
    Having never visited before, we werent sure what to expect when we visited Tullynally Castle. Everything about the site blew us away! The gardens are spectacular and its clear that a lot of love has gone into the walled garden and lake walks. The tearoom was also lovely and we got a great coffee, but the biggest hit was our guide and tour of the house. Robert was our guide and it was just myself and my partner on the tour. Robert was absolutely incredible at relaying the family history, and had wonderful anecdotes throughout. Great stories that were shared with a mixture of seriousness and humour. Its clear that Robert has a real passion for his job, and made sure all of our questions were answered. The house also has a lovely homly feel to it, and very evidently loved. One of the best guided tours (and guides) I've ever had! Will definitely be back!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Oztraveller89
    19 contributions
    A must see ! Be sure to do the guided tour.
    We were in the area so decided to visit Tullynally Castle without knowing much about it. How fortunate that we took the guided tour, hosted by Robert. He was brilliant. We were treated to a fascinating and engaging introduction to the house and the history of the Packenham family. Robert was generous with his time and family insights and it was so interesting to see a "lived in" house of this kind. We also walked the beautiful gardens and had a delicious lunch in the warm and cosy tearooms. The tour was a highlight of our visit to this part of Ireland. Highly recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Sharon H
    Cruseilles, France12 contributions
    Brilliant tour with wonderful Robert!
    Had a great visit to the castle led by the absolutely wonderful Robert. It was fascinating to see a house that is still lived-in with items that we could touch. Robert filled the hour and 20 minutes with interesting tales and information about the house, the family and the items we saw. Will definitely bring any other visitors we have here!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Mobile49921084040
    2 contributions
    A castle home. Up close and personal
    What a great experience! We met the delightful Robert in the forecourt just near the tearooms and were directed to the large red doors at the front of castle. There began our guided tour through this currently occupied castle owned and lived in by the Packenham family. Robert delighted us with tales of ancestors dating back over hundreds of years and we were able to see artifacts used and treasured by the family. I highly recommend taking the tour to get insights into this family’s history.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Moving Spatula
    120 contributions
    What a fabulous day out!
    The 90-minute drive from Dublin to Castlepollard was so worth it. We arrived in time for coffee and scones before our guided tour at 12.30pm. Robert (our guide) is the business when it comes to guided tours. He read his audience well. Robert told the story of the castle and the Packenham family in a most entertaining and engaging way. He was also very informative. The tour was supposed to be 45 mins but I think we got at least 70 minutes and it was fantastic. We did a tour of the gardens afterwards and we did the full walk - very pretty indeed. Allow another 90 minutes for this. The only suggestion I might make for an improvement is to improve the quality of the jam for the scones. Ireland is awash with strawberries so there is no need to serve those awful little plastic boxes with foil lids that contain strawberry jelly. Employ a local person to make homemade strawberry or raspberry jam. Thank you again Robert - you were wonderful.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Fiona S
    7 contributions
    A wonderful day
    What a wonderful day we had when we visited Tullynally Castle & Gardens. Our tour guide around the castle was witty & informative & full of enthusiasm for the castle. We were lucky to also meet Thomas Pakenham, the current owner, a very spritely & interesting gentleman. The tour of the castle is very real, with no roped off areas or glass display cabinets, everything is accessible to the public. After our tour we had a delicious lunch in the tea room, a tasty bowl of hot veg soup & my husband had the quiche with a substantial salad. We headed off into the gardens, a beautiful leisurely walk, so peaceful around the lake & back to the castle. In all a fabulous afternoon.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • olympus841
    48 contributions
    Facinating tour of the castle
    We were looking forward to this visit for some time and finally made it there. We were not disappointed! The driveway up towards the castle flanked by mature decidious trees transported us back in time. The imposing castle building dark and mysterious finally came into view. We parked up as plenty of carpark space available and made our way towards the courtyard. There we joined the group and met our tour guide, Robert. After his friendly introduction the group proceeded to the main entrance of the castle through the large red doors. Our guide explained the history of the castle with dates for all events through the years as we passed through each room. He brought history to life with stories and tales of the many Pakenham characters who adorn the walls in large golden frames. Each room offers something new with interesting artifacts on show and a few hidden gems to discover. Our guide then took us to the old kitchen and areas where the servants worked giving us an insight into another world. The tour takes about an hour but we were so engrossed listening to our guide who did an excellent job entertaining us we didn't notice the time flying by. We definitely enjoyed our afternoon and completed our tour with coffee and treats from the lovely tearoom there. Tullynally Castle is a must see!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Franziska Griessenauer
    4 contributions
    Wonderful castle with informative tour!
    My visit in Tullynally castle was absolutely wonderful, I especially recommend the guided tour through the beautiful rooms inside the castle which gives you an intimate insight into the family's history. The gardens are absolutely spectacular with a wide variety of trees and sculptures to enjoy while taking a relaxing stroll. I cannot recommend Tullynally castle more!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 August 2023
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Franziska Griessenauer
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
My visit in Tullynally castle was absolutely wonderful, I especially recommend the guided tour through the beautiful rooms inside the castle which gives you an intimate insight into the family's history. The gardens are absolutely spectacular with a wide variety of trees and sculptures to enjoy while taking a relaxing stroll. I cannot recommend Tullynally castle more!
Written 28 August 2023
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olympus841
48 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were looking forward to this visit for some time and finally made it there. We were not disappointed! The driveway up towards the castle flanked by mature decidious trees transported us back in time. The imposing castle building dark and mysterious finally came into view. We parked up as plenty of carpark space available and made our way towards the courtyard. There we joined the group and met our tour guide, Robert. After his friendly introduction the group proceeded to the main entrance of the castle through the large red doors. Our guide explained the history of the castle with dates for all events through the years as we passed through each room. He brought history to life with stories and tales of the many Pakenham characters who adorn the walls in large golden frames.
Each room offers something new with interesting artifacts on show and a few hidden gems to discover. Our guide then took us to the old kitchen and areas where the servants worked giving us an insight into another world. The tour takes about an hour but we were so engrossed listening to our guide who did an excellent job entertaining us we didn't notice the time flying by.
We definitely enjoyed our afternoon and completed our tour with coffee and treats from the lovely tearoom there.
Tullynally Castle is a must see!

Written 21 August 2023
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Connor J
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our tour guide Robert is sound. We learned a lot about the history of the castle and it’s uniqueness. Gardens were very pretty.
Written 14 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Fiona S
7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a wonderful day we had when we visited Tullynally Castle & Gardens. Our tour guide around the castle was witty & informative & full of enthusiasm for the castle. We were lucky to also meet Thomas Pakenham, the current owner, a very spritely & interesting gentleman. The tour of the castle is very real, with no roped off areas or glass display cabinets, everything is accessible to the public. After our tour we had a delicious lunch in the tea room, a tasty bowl of hot veg soup & my husband had the quiche with a substantial salad. We headed off into the gardens, a beautiful leisurely walk, so peaceful around the lake & back to the castle. In all a fabulous afternoon.
Written 13 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Moving Spatula
Dublin120 contributions
Aug 2023
The 90-minute drive from Dublin to Castlepollard was so worth it. We arrived in time for coffee and scones before our guided tour at 12.30pm. Robert (our guide) is the business when it comes to guided tours. He read his audience well. Robert told the story of the castle and the Packenham family in a most entertaining and engaging way. He was also very informative. The tour was supposed to be 45 mins but I think we got at least 70 minutes and it was fantastic. We did a tour of the gardens afterwards and we did the full walk - very pretty indeed. Allow another 90 minutes for this. The only suggestion I might make for an improvement is to improve the quality of the jam for the scones. Ireland is awash with strawberries so there is no need to serve those awful little plastic boxes with foil lids that contain strawberry jelly. Employ a local person to make homemade strawberry or raspberry jam. Thank you again Robert - you were wonderful.
Written 6 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mobile49921084040
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
What a great experience! We met the delightful Robert in the forecourt just near the tearooms and were directed to the large red doors at the front of castle. There began our guided tour through this currently occupied castle owned and lived in by the Packenham family. Robert delighted us with tales of ancestors dating back over hundreds of years and we were able to see artifacts used and treasured by the family.
I highly recommend taking the tour to get insights into this family’s history.
Written 5 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sharon H
Cruseilles, France12 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Had a great visit to the castle led by the absolutely wonderful Robert. It was fascinating to see a house that is still lived-in with items that we could touch. Robert filled the hour and 20 minutes with interesting tales and information about the house, the family and the items we saw. Will definitely bring any other visitors we have here!
Written 7 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Oztraveller89
New York, NY19 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We were in the area so decided to visit Tullynally Castle without knowing much about it. How fortunate that we took the guided tour, hosted by Robert. He was brilliant. We were treated to a fascinating and engaging introduction to the house and the history of the Packenham family. Robert was generous with his time and family insights and it was so interesting to see a "lived in" house of this kind. We also walked the beautiful gardens and had a delicious lunch in the warm and cosy tearooms. The tour was a highlight of our visit to this part of Ireland. Highly recommend.
Written 1 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jess S
8 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Having never visited before, we werent sure what to expect when we visited Tullynally Castle. Everything about the site blew us away! The gardens are spectacular and its clear that a lot of love has gone into the walled garden and lake walks. The tearoom was also lovely and we got a great coffee, but the biggest hit was our guide and tour of the house. Robert was our guide and it was just myself and my partner on the tour. Robert was absolutely incredible at relaying the family history, and had wonderful anecdotes throughout. Great stories that were shared with a mixture of seriousness and humour. Its clear that Robert has a real passion for his job, and made sure all of our questions were answered. The house also has a lovely homly feel to it, and very evidently loved. One of the best guided tours (and guides) I've ever had! Will definitely be back!
Written 30 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ursula C
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Excellent tour of the castle! The tour guide gave a detailed overview of the castle while being friendly, engaging and welcoming to all of the visitors.
Written 16 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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