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Glenveagh National Park

Category: Families, Outdoors, Culture, Nature/Wildlife, Sightseeing, Free

Type: Castles, Historic Homes & Sites, Forest & Woodland, Parks & Gardens, Visitor Centres, Tours, General Attractions

Co Donegal
Tel: +353 74 913 7090

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Second largest national park in Ireland containing Glenveagh Castle, Estate & Gardens and associated visitor centre.

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh is the second largest national park in Ireland. The estate was established by John Adair, who became infamous for evicting 244 of his tenants and clearing the land so they would not spoil his view of the landscape. Adair's ambition was to create an estate and castle that surpassed Balmoral, Queen Victoria's Scottish retreat.

The gardens contain exotic and delicate plants from as far afield as Chile, Madeira and Tasmania, all sheltered by windbreaks of pine trees and ornamental rhododendrons. The gardens and castle were presented to the Irish nation in 1981 by Henry P. McIlhenny of Philadelphia who had purchased the estate in 1937.

The Visitor Centre has displays that explain the park as well as an audio-visual show and is accessible for visitors with disabilities. The park is home to the largest herd of red deer in Ireland.

Opening Time:

Open daily 10am-5pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Week. Last bus to castle 4.45pm (3.45pm in winter).

Admission Charge:

Park & Visitor Centre are Free. Castle & Gardens Adults €5; Child/Student €2; OAP/Group €3; Family €10.
Glenveagh National Park - Churchill Letterkenny County Donegal Ireland
Glenveagh National Park - Churchill Letterkenny County Donegal Ireland
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24km north-west of Letterkenny.

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