Part of Ireland’s Ancient East and just 40 minute from Athlone, Belvedere House Gardens and Park is a magnificent parkland estate on the shores of Lough Ennel, comprises 160 acres of parkland with six kilometres of magnificent woodland and lakeshore walks, including the Narnia Trail. The house, built originally as a hunting and fishing lodge, was designed by the renowned German architect Richard Castle for Robert Rochfort, later the First Earl of Belvedere.
A fascinating walled garden, designed by Ninian Nevin in 1857, contains one of Ireland’s finest collections of rare and special plants. The stable block is home to a modern visitor centre with fully licensed cafe. Adjacent to the visitor centre are two children’s play areas, with another at lakeshore along with a zip-line. Belvedere is open year round with a full calendar of events.
Belvedere House and Gardens Mullingar, Co. Westmeath