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Bantry, Co. Cork,
Republic of Ireland, P75 T293

+353 (0)27 50047

+353 (0)27 50795

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Easter to 30th October 2017
April, May, September, October; Tuesdays to Sundays and bank holidays; 10am-5pm

June, July, August: Open daily
Daily guided tour of the house at 2pm, duration 45 minutes.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Appointments recommended for all groups and mandatory for guided tours.

Group Appointment: Yes

only for guided tours with a family member.

House Open for Viewing: Yes
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

May, June & July

To see:

Wisteria Circle (May) parterre, hundred steps, woodland walks (all year) sunken garden (July, August)

Admission Prices

Adult €11; Concessions €8; Child €3; Family day ticket €26; Season Garden Pass €10
Garden only: €5
All park in main coachpark where tickets are sold

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: No
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Limited access for the disabled. Groups needing lunch should book in advance. Picnics in coachpark only Please check for upcoming events on own website.

Garden Features & Events

Wisteria Circle, Hundred Steps, Italianate Gardens & Fountain and spectacular views House contains an important collection of furniture, tapestries and objets d'art

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Bantry House offers 6 rooms bed and breakfast in the main house


The Fish Kitchen, O'Connors

Inns & Pubs:

Seaview House Hotel, Ballylickey

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Wild Atlantic Way  Schull Skibbereen Clonakilty Garnish Island Mizen Head

Description of Garden

The second Earl of Bantry terraced the land around the house, seven terraces in all, with the house sitting on the third terrace. A parterre facing south surrounding a wisteria circle, which again surrounds a fountain was also created. From there rise the famous Hundred Steps, a monumental staircase built of local stone, set amidst azaleas and rhododendron.

History Of Garden

The structure of the garden as we know it today, dates back to the second Earl of Bantry's travels. Both he and Mary, his wife, travelled with notebooks and sketchbooks (now in the Archive at University College Cork) at hand, which helped to transform the small house at home into a palazzo comparable to those he had seen on the continent.
The 'Cardinal Rule' to be applied was that house, garden and site must be a unit, as if one could not have been conceived without the others.

The garden, indeed the whole demesne, had fallen into great neglect over many years. In 1997, due to the offer of EEC grant, the decision was taken to start restoration work on the garden.

The grant came to an end in 2000, but thankfully work in the garden is ongoing. Woodland is being cleared and maintenance of the restored areas kept to a high standard.
Bantry House is the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry, still lived in by Brigitte Shelswell-White and her family.

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