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Armagh Palace Demesne / Palace Stables

These stately Georgian era buildings in Armagh City once housed the royal stables. The renovated stables form the focal point of the Armagh Palace Demesne, a beautiful public parkland which gets its name from one of its other attractions -- the impressive building that was once the Archbishop's Palace.

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Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum

At first glance, the Strokestown Park House looks like most other 18th century Irish estates. But when you enter this house – the world that the Pakenham Mahon family lived in from 1600 until 1979 – you’ll notice a marked difference.  For three centuries, family members have lived and died here, and an amazing number of original possessions remain on the property and available for inspection. This creates a sense of family continuity that makes a visit to the estate special. The children’s area exhibits are especially poignant, featuring items such as 1930’s copybooks filled with notes and a variety of children’s toys.

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Carrigglas Manor House

This striking, gothic style manor house made from attractive blue-gray limestone was built in 1837 by Thomas Lefroy, and to this day has remained within the Lefroy family. To visit Carriglas is to experience firsthand the charm of gracious country living in this part of Ireland, as it was in the 19th century. Thomas Lefroy was romantically linked to the author Jane Austen, and many believe that he was the inspiration for the character Mr. Darcy in her novel, Pride and Prejudice.

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Lough Rynn House and Gardens

In 1832, the Clements, also known as the Earls of Leitrim, began building a remarkable estate on a scenic isthmus between loughs Rynn and Erew. Humans have occupied the surrounding area since prehistoric times, and there is plenty of proof located on this particular property. Behind the manor house, there are several ruins to be explored, including those of a Neolithic Era tomb on a rise called Druid’s Hill that dates back to 2000 BC.

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Castlewellan Castle and Forest Park

The large granite manor house at Castlewellan, County Down, was built by William Annesley in 1856. Overlooking a lake, and with magnificent views of the Mourne Mountains, it boasts a castellated architectural style known as Scottish Baronial. The house currently serves as a private conference centre for Christian groups. The rest of the estate was designated as Castlewellan Forest Park in 1969.

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Emo Court and Gardens

One of Ireland’s most beautiful treasures lies near the village of Portarlington. This national gem is known as Emo Court and Gardens, and is a fine example of the traditional large country house in the neoclassical style. Construction began in 1792 from a design by the brilliant James Gandon, celebrated architect of the Four Courts, Custom House and O’Connell Bridge in Dublin. It is said that Emo Court is his largest domestic work, and the only one to compare in scope to the contributions of his civic projects. Work on the house continued on and off for nearly 70 years before it was completely finished.

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Japanese Gardens of Tully and Irish National Stud Farm

 Some of the most famous garden landscapes can be seen here in Tully. Created by the Japanese gardener, Eida, and his son Minoru, for Colonel William Hall-Walker in1906-1910, these Japanese gardens, built upon reclaimed bog lands, are significant not only for their horticultural beauty, but also for their statements about life’s journey – from birth to the beyond. The gardens progress through 20 stages, each one representing a different point in the cycle of human life.

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Muckross House and Traditional Farms

In the centre of beautiful Killarney National Park sits the Muckross Estate, also known as the "Jewel of Killarney". It is also sometimes referred to as Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park. This 1843, 20-room Elizabethan style mansion, with grounds adjacent to Lake Muckross, has become a focal point for the display of County Kerry culture and craftsmanship. The picturesque, ivy covered mansion was built by Henry Herbert and his wife Mary Balfour Herbert, a watercolourist of some renown. Both are buried in nearby Killegy Churchyard.

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Curraghmore House and Gardens

Near the village of Portlaw in County Waterford, the beautiful Curraghmore House was one of four Irish castles built by the Cambro-Norman De la Poer family in 1170. It remains the private home of the De la Poer Beresford family, which holds the title "Marquess of Waterford" in the British peerage system. In February 2015, John Beresford (Lord Wateford) died, and the title passed to his son, Henry Nicholas, who is now the 9th Marquis of Waterford. Curraghmore house is located about 26km / 20 miles from Waterford city.

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Benburb Valley Park

Benburb Valley Park is situated on the River Blackwater near the pretty village of Benburb, in County Tyrone, close to the border with on the border between County Armagh. Set in a scenic gorge created by the Blackwater, the park offers wonderful countryside trails for walking and hiking. The entrance to the park is situated about 10km (7 miles) from the city of Armagh, and 10km ( 7 miles) from the town of Dungannon.

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