Doneraile Park consists of 160 hectares of parklands with mature groves of deciduous trees and a number of deer herds. Doneraile Court, a fine Georgian mansion overlooks the park and was once the home of the St.Leger family. It was here that Elizabeth St.Leger was made a Freemason in 1712, the only Irish lady to become a Freemason.
The restored water features remain the focus of the park which now also enjoys a rich variety of walks including the 5.5 km walk around the mature perimeter planting, the riverside walks, the woodland walks and walks through the deer parks. There are three species of deer Red, Fallow and Sika, together with a herd of Irish red deer.
Many trees are now over 300 years old. Some larch trees, reputed to be among the first of this species grown in Ireland, were planted around the 1730s. Points of architectural interest include the Georgian Doneraile Court, home to the St. Ledger family until 1969, the portico gate lodge and the Hunting Bridge.
Nearby, Doneraile Court is the stunning centrepiece of one of Ireland’s most beautiful estates. Located on the banks of the Awbeg river in north Co. Cork, the house dates from the 1720s, when it was built by Arthur St. Leger, the first Viscount Doneraile and father of the renowned Lady Freemason.
Doneraile Court opened its doors once again in 2019 and resumes its rightful place at the heart of this great estate. The OPW is delighted to partner with the Crawford Art Gallery to share some significant works from the Gallery’s collection at Doneraile. From 24th June to 3rd November 2019, book a tour with one of our experienced guides to learn more about the fascinating history of the house and estate.
Summer: Monday – Friday 08:00 – 20:00. Saturday – Sunday 09:00 – 20:00. Bank Holidays 09:00 – 20:00
Winter: Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00. Saturday – Sunday 09:00 – 17:00. Bank Holidays 09:00 – 17:00
Doneraile Court Admissions Charges
Adult: €8.00. Senior (60+): €6.00. Student (ID required): €4.00. Child (12-17): €4.00. Child (under 12): Free
Family (Two adults, max five children): €20.00