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 gorgeous rooms and decor though in one or two rooms but it just isn't grand like other big houses of its type. Its ruined by the horrible metal barriers that are a throw back to when Coilte used it and build some really ugly 1970s prefab looking accommodation right beside the house. The cafe is dingy and needs a revamp. The parking is a bit of a rip off for sure since you pay to get into the house aswell- do what I saw 3 cars doing and park on the road (on a BEND!). The woods and river walk around the park were the highlight.
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