Avondale House, birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891), is set in a magnificent 500 acre forest park near Rathdrum in County Wicklow. This interesting Georgian house was built in 1777, and contains fine original plasterwork and the Parnell family furniture.
There is an audio visual presentation, expert guides, a café serving fresh and locally sourced produce with a wine licence, picnic and children’s play area and three orienteering courses (maps can be downloaded on www.coillteoutdoors.ie).
The 500 acre park has a number of marked walks: the River Walk, Pine Walk, Sli na Slainte walk, Cairn Walk, Centenary Walk and recently opened Railway Walk.
Guided Tours Available: Duration approx one hour.
Audio Visual Presentation: Twenty five minutes, history of Parnell and Avondale.
The American Room is dedicated to Parnell’s American grandfather who manned the USS Constitution during the 1812 War.