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Lissadell House Café

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Café / Historic House

1 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere
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Lissadell House Café
Lissadell, Ballinfull Co Sligo
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Re-opened in 2014 following a five year closure, Lissadell is the brightest historical and cultural gem of the north-west and a must-see destination for anyone visiting Sligo or planning a trip along the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Gardens (Outstanding)
  • Surfing nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Café
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Al Fresco
  • Atmospheric
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Tea Rooms

Lissadell House Café

Re-opened in 2014 following a five year closure, Lissadell is the brightest historical and cultural gem of the north-west and a must-see destination for anyone visiting Sligo or planning a trip along the Wild Atlantic Way.


Former home of the Gore-Booths, of whom the best known was Constance Gore-Booth who, as Countess Markievicz, was closely involved with the Easter Rising of 1916.


Following the sale of Lissadell to Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy in 2003, the stated aim of the new owners was 'the restoration of this national treasure as a family home open to visitors, and the regeneration of the flower and pleasure gardens'.


Remarkably soon - due to their total dedication, military planning of the work schedule and the hard physical work put in by the couple and their seven children - tthey had 'reversed the decline and neglect of the previous seventy years' and opened both the house and gardens to the public.


It is an extraordinary place, and of interest at so many levels. Its generosity of spirit strikes the visitor immediately on arrival – passing by the lovely 2 acre seashore Alpine Rockery Garden, which is easily accessible from the road, with no entrance charge.


And Eddie and Constance planned well when they placed the tea rooms so near the entrance, as it must be obvious to even the most casual visitor that sustenance will be needed ahead of any visit here, there is just so much to see.


The Tea Rooms serve wholesome country fare – quiches, scones, salads, fruit and vegetables (fresh produce comes from the Kitchen Gardens), and also oysters from their own oyster beds. As well as the tables indoors, there are seats for visitors around the courtyard – and the gift shop is well worth visiting, for Lissadell organic fruit and vegetables, their own homemade chutneys and jams, a range of French wines (by bottle or case) and many other quality gifts.


It's a wonderful place and it is a joy for all to see it open once again – if you have to choose just one visitor attraction in Ireland to visit, make it Lissadell. And allow plenty of time.

House & gardens open 21 June to 28 September inclusive, 10.30 am - 6pm every day. Tickets 12 Euro for adults & 6 Euro for children. Cafe seats 100 (outdoors, 40); children welcome (high chair); café open daily 10.30am-6pm. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 03-08-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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7km off the N15 Sligo - Donegal road

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