Discover Westport Estate
For everyone who visits Hotel Westport, one common theme resonates more than anything we find – the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the Westport House Estate upon which the hotel is built. With 400 acres of woodland and parkland to enjoy as well as heritage buildings and views of Clew Bay, it is a beautiful and tranquil location to explore and enjoy.
Built in 1730, Westport House was designed by the famous architects, Richard Cassels, James Wyatt and Thomas Ivory. Westport House is located west of the Shannon and is considered to be one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes open to visitors – and is today often described as being one of Ireland’s National Treasures. It is situated in a superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, gardens and magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Clare Island and Ireland’s Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick right in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. It was built and is still privately owned by the Browne family, who are direct descendants of the famous 16th century Pirate Queen – Grace O’Malley. In 2017, the Hughes family - and owners of Hotel Westport - bought Westport House.
Woodland, Lakeland & Parkland Estate
The Browne family who built Westport House knew the value of trees in a landscape. The stunning woodland in the estate’s grounds is a testament to that. Westport Demesne retains 100 acres of historic woods dating back to the 1700s. Back in the day, these trees provided a number of resources for the Westport House Estate. They created a shelter belt from the harsh Atlantic weather systems, they provided a fuel and timber source for heating and building materials, and they created a lush green backdrop for the ‘naturalised parkland’ design landscape.Originally, the Atlantic Ocean came as far as Westport House itself. The Browne family effectively "pushed back" the ocean and created a man-made pleasure lake on the estate which is fed by the Carrowbeg River that flows from Westport town, past Hotel Westport, into Westport House Lough and from there, out to Clew Bay. Today, the Westport House Estate is a hive of activity and walkers are welcome to enjoy access to the private grounds for free.
Ireland's Most Beautiful Historic Home
In 2017, Westport House was bought by another local and historic family, the Hughes family, who hope to ensure its survival into the future. You are invited to visit to experience this 18th century Palladian mansion in person and learn more about its fascinating stories - discounted day tickets are available to hotel guests from hotel reception.
Pirate Adventure Fun
For adventure loving families, look no further than the rides, slides, boats and trains of the Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House. Named after Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connacht, who had a castle on Westport House Estate in the 1500s, the Pirate Adventure Park provides hours of endless fun to guests with children under 12. The Pirate Adventure Park reopens for Easter, weekend in June and 7-days a week in July & August. Hotel Westport residents receive an exclusive 25% discount off tickets - please enquire at reception.
Gracy's Pizzeria & Bistro
Located in the farmyard buildings of Westport House, Gracy's Pizzeria & Bistro is open in season. It boasts a bistro menu, Westport's original wood-fired pizza oven, the best beer garden in the west, a covered outdoor area and a playground. Reservations must be made by calling 098 56506.
2022 Map of Westport House Estate
As we are currently undertaking some Emergency & Essential Works to Westport House, access to the Estate has changed. However, we have retained premium access for our Hotel Guests. Please take a look at the map below.