Westport House

WESTPORT HOUSE...

...is the west coast of Ireland’s number one destination for family fun, adventure and some of the nation’s most awe-inspiring heritage displays. Today, visitors can enjoy almost 300 years of Irish heritage in this beautiful manor home and explore our 400 acre grounds. 


THE RESTORATION OF WESTPORT HOUSE

Phase one of the restoration of Westport House commenced earlier this year and is expected to be completed in Autumn 2021. The restoration project is estimated to cost in the region of €5 million and is fully funded by the Hughes family. It will see much needed conservation work carried out to the Georgian-era home to help prepare it for the larger €75m development project announced in June.

Westport House is a protected structure, and the product of at least 5 different architects over a period of almost 200 years making it a building of National significance. This significance is both architectural and social, and the building is held with great affection in Co. Mayo and across Ireland.

The importance of this phase of works is the need to arrest any further damage to the building and to bring Westport House back to its original splendour and protect its significance for the future years.

In this phase of the works at Westport House, the focus is on restoring the external shell of the house and by that we mean ensuring that the building is ‘wind and water tight’ to avoid any future ingress of water into the building which has been causing damage to the house.

Working with grade 1 conservation architects, Consarc Design, and Careys Construction, the key areas of work are:

 

  • Repairs to the roof and the chimneys both of the main roof and the North wing
  • Repairing the stonework, pointing and render to each façade
  • Repairing, and in some cases replacing, the windows across all parts of the house
  • Dealing with rot and timber decay in the South wing
  • Restoring the terraces and decorative balustrades and Summer House around the exterior of the house
  • Minor repairs will be carried out internally in this phase, but conservation and protection measures will be put in place to protect the unique plasterwork and the Chinese wall paper during the works

RESTORATION TOURS

In August, we plan to offer Restoration Tours of Westport daily.  You will will need to pre-book as there will be limited numbers and intimate group sizes of no more than 15 people.  Visitors will be met at the Construction Site Gate at the Old Bridge by the house at the tour start time. The guided element of the tour will take place outdoors where a guide will outline the core body of works taking place to protect the exterior of the house. You will then be invited in to the house to visit the main floor of the house and see the interior works. The entirety of the tour will take place on the ground – I’m afraid that we will not be able to take you up on the scaffolding for obvious health and safety reasons.  After the tour, you will be escorted back to the bridge gate to exit. 

 

Closed toe shoes are required and high vis vests and hard hats will be supplied for your use during the tour.  Duration will be 60 minutes and the cost will be €13.50 per person (adult, child, senior or student).  All tours must be pre-booked online at shop.westporthouse.ie.  We look forward to welcoming you.

 

Tours will take place as follows: 

Monday to Thursday at 1pm

 

Friday at 1pm and 3pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am, 12pm and 2pm