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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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Dereham, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
47 attraction reviews
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
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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
54 helpful votes 54 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
44 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Gorey, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

Was raging when we pulled to discover we had to pay €6 to get into the place. I have never visited a forest park or country house in Ireland that charges you to park. Silly really considering the place offers little more than a nice place to walk or have a picnic. The house was uninpressive but the surrounding forest... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Visited Avondale House and it surpassed every expectation. Started off viewing a very interesteing and informative video. Then a very knowledgable and engaging guide took us through a very historical family home. The furniture, paintings. etc in the house are wonderful but the knowledge of the guide made the house come alive. A throughly great visit which I would recommend... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We went to Avondale house and forest park with the children and had a great day. The grounds at Avondale are spectacular and very well maintained. It was so nice to spend the day exploring the different walks Avondale has to offer. We then went to the play area which the children thoroughly enjoyed before visiting the café. The staff... More

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