Newbridge House is a beautiful 18th century manor, with adjoining parklands, open farm and playground, situated 12 miles / 20 km north of Dublin centre. A 400-acre wooded estate, the Newbridge House demesne opened as County Dublin Regional Park in 1986. The overall estate includes a variety of landscapes that include pastureland, woodland, watercourses, and pleasure grounds.
Park and Playground
While the house itself is popular with visitors, the main attractions at Newbridge House demesne are the parklands and the playgrounds.
Walkers, joggers, cyclists and nature-lovers and families with children come to enjoy the fabulous wooded trails, with the beautiful strand of Donabate also within walking distance. There are picnic and barbeque areas, and there is ample car park space.
The FREE outdoor children's playground at Newbridge House is one of the largest and best in all of county Dublin. A free playground with padded surfaces, there is a large variety of swings, slides and climbing frames, a zip line, a tunnel and (genuinely) lots more.
Located near the beautiful beach of Donabate, this stately home was built between 1740 and 1760. Designed by architect James Gibbs, the estate was originally built for Charles Cobbe, Archbishop of Dublin. The Cobbe descendents still live there as the result of a unique agreement with the local authority (Fingal County Council) when it acquired the house in 1985.
Newbridge House was designed and built in Georgian and Regency styles. It still contains most of its original furniture and many family heirlooms. The Newbridge's Red Drawing Room is considered one of the finest Georgian interiors in Ireland, and is so well maintained that it appears much as it did 150 years ago. Inside is a museum filled with curiosities and decorated with ornate Robert West plasterwork.
There is a fully restored cobbled courtyard adjoining the house, an estate worker's house, carpenter's shop and a blacksmith's forge — all exhibiting 19th century tools and implements.
The Cobbe estate possesses what is believed to be the only surviving painting of William Shakespeare, which was painted from live sittings. Acquired from Shakespeare's patron Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, the painting has been scientifically tested, which has authenticated the panel and paint, but dispute to its claim still exists.
Admission Price for Newbridge House
- Adults: €7.00
- Senior Citizens and Students €6.00
- Children under 12 €4.00
- Family: (2 adults & 2 Children €20.00)
Newbridge Traditional Farm
The estate maintains a 29-acre traditional working farm in pure 18th century style. On the farm pigs, goats, chickens and Connemara and Shetland ponies are born and raised in a nurturing atmosphere that also specialises in the care and protection of both rare and native varieties of animals. It is a suitable attraction for families, that results in a memorable visit for adults and their children, with something to offer for every age. Holidays are special times at the farm, which celebrates Christmas, Easter, Halloween and other occasions with special programs.
Admission Price for Newbridge Traditional Farm
- Adult: €5.00
- Senior Citizens and Students: €4.00
- Children(under 12): €4.00
- Children 2 or under are free
- Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): €14.00
Newbridge House. Image source: Wikimedia