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Avondale House & Forest Park

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Address: | Rathdrum, Ireland
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Great for picnic

What a lovely place to visit on a Sunny day. There is everything you need for a family day out. Big parking, picnic tables, benches on the actual trails - so kids could sit down... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland
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79 reviews
59 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a lovely place to visit on a Sunny day. There is everything you need for a family day out. Big parking, picnic tables, benches on the actual trails - so kids could sit down and recharge their batteries during walks. There is a nice playground, beautiful trees, lots of grass where you could lay down. The only two minuses... More 

Thank AgaRozl
Dublin, Ireland
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

My almost 4 year old loved this! Santa was kind and caring and not rushed. Santa gifts were good old fashioned wood toys which my daughter loved. Waiting area had wooden games and electronic ride on animals. Staff all friendly and helpful. Beautiful forest and train. They had no reindeer, which I missed, but still worth it.

Thank uggelsome
Albury, Australia
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393 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The house is very interesting - the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–1891) one of the leading political leaders in Irish history. And the walks are pleasant through lovely park lands of the Forest Park which is quite beautiful. I would have liked to spend longer here. There seemed to be several trails - would have been lovely... More 

Thank PamAlbury
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I used to come here all the time as a kid. The carpark is a bit run down now. The real highlight are the big trees from around the world. Bring a picnic, playground for kids and go for a walk.

Thank Roy C
Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Driving in, we saw signs that this was going to be a disappointment. Unkempt driveways and car park and makeshift looking signage gave the game away. Entering the house, the hallway is ruined by a 1980s reception desk to the right of the doorway, where a bored looking girl was listening to her portable radio. She raced through her description... More 

3 Thank dubandabroad
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101 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

We spent a very pleasant hour wandering this wonderful house. When we arrived we found there was no tour guide available but a very helpful lady from the cafe brought us up to the house and provided us with self-guiding leaflets. Avondale has a wonderful atmosphere and the furnishings and decor are just exquisite. The exhibits on display are really... More 

5 Thank Philomena S
Dublin, Ireland
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117 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

This is one of the best places to admire the autumn leaves as it is a very tranquil place and holds poignant associations in terms of national history. The signage has sadly not been maintained so the cairn had is sign missing. The river walk and sightings of yellow wagtail is very peaceful. The parking machine requires you to get... More 

2 Thank M L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

You could spend hours in this park it's so big and lovely. The paths are just about passable with a buggy but you need two people and a decent buggy. We went down to the river and back up again. Food in the house was cheap and cheerful. We didn't pay into the house.

2 Thank Lorrainbow
La Oliva, Spain
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115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

Really enjoyed our iit to Avondale. Even if Irish history isn't your thing, quite apart from the Parnell side of things this is a charming Georgian country house and it's unusual to get to see inside one as 'pocket sized' as this one. The 2 young guys on the front desk do things their own (quirky) way and made for... More 

2 Thank Island-Seeker0
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27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

The first thing to say about Avondale, which merits a full rating demotion of its own right, is the ridiculous parking system. You have to have exactly €5 in change before you can get into the car park. If you don't, you have to drive back to the village of Rathdrum to get change. Beyond that, Avondale is like every... More 

3 Thank garrethmcd

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