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Avondale House & Forest Park

| Rathdrum, Ireland
353 404 46111
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Type: Historic Sites, Hiking Trails
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English first
Drogheda, Ireland
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I always went there as a child so it's very nostalgic for me. If going with children note that the signposts for the walks can be a little confusing!! I met another couple who were also lost. On the plus side the people in the cafe were so friendly and nice. It's very family friendly.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The house itself can be looked over in ten minutes or so , nothing great to see. The grounds are fantastic for a walk. Especially if you go down the steps at the back of the house which eventually leads to a river. Its a good hike down and even more so on the way back up but its worth... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Lovely house with great history. However, had to pay €5 (in change) to get into carpark. 3 other cars left as they didn't have change. Reduce charge to €2 - people may have that amount in change. There is also a charge into house. Enjoyed visit to house and dvd. Books on sale also. Would suggest you have small booklets... More

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Dereham, United Kingdom
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47 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Worth a trip... however perhpas the organisation should spend more money on advertising then you wouldn't need to pay so much for the car parking and then have the additional fee of the house also. The staff on site seemed very knowledgeable, perhaps they should organise someone to give a guided tour. Remember before you visit make sure you have... More

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I just live few miles off, when the weather allows it i do not miss the trick to call up with my son. I find it a spectacular location, lots of space, lots of trails. What I find def a plus is that even in those days where every single park, garden in this country is hopping due to the... More

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Wicklow, Ireland
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7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I have been visiting Avondale since I was a child and now take my children there and we never fail to have a great walk through the forest and along the River Walk. The café is expensive but as a picnic is part of the fun of a day there, we rarely avail of this facility. The parking is expensive... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I took a little day trip out here from Dublin and chose to check out Avondale as an alternative to Powerscourt which I have been to a few times- I enjoyed the video about Parnell (alot I forgot from school and stuff I'm sure we weren't taught!) but the house itself is a little bit on the dull side. Some... More

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wicklow
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I love visiting Avondale and still will, but whatever has happened to the cafe. From now on i will bring my own food. Service was downright ignorant and prices are crazy for what you get

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Ireland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

It isn't a grand house, like Powerscourt would have been, but Avondale is a real piece of history set in a beautiful site. It is worth going to see and do the house tour (which is self-guided). We did feel a little ripped-off with the parking but we forgot about it when enjoying this location in the rare, Irish sunshine.

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Gorey, Ireland
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

A wonderful place to see a little of Ireland's history. A great 15 minute film to give you the background and you are then free to peruse the building and gardens at your leisure! A wonderful afternoon spent here and a wonderful walk in the gardens. You will enjoy this and the staff are very helpful and friendly. You almost... More

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