Borris House, the ancestral home of the McMorrough Kavanaghs, Kings of Leinster, is one of the few Irish estates that can trace its history back to the Royal families of ancient Ireland and the tour covers all aspects of the history of the family and the house, from the original 15th century castle, through its many subsequent changes and alterations, right up to the present day. There are so many things to admire on the tour from the beauty of the Stapleton ceilings to the unique Chapel of St. Moling, as well as a room by room description of the exceptional architecture, antique furniture, porcelain and paintings on display. On view for the first time ever are the recently restored Egyptian watercolours of Lady Harriet Kavanagh and the Borris Lace. In the recently restored Granary visitors can watch a film on the history of the McMorrough Kavanaghs and Borris House, walk around the Lace Garden, visit the restored Victorian laundry and soak in the stunning views of Mount Leinster, the Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Brandon. The Store at Borris House sells local crafts, jewellery, ceramics, leather goods and textiles and is located at the front gate entrance. Check the website for precise opening times. Borris House is the venue for the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas, September 18th – 20th.
HOW TO FIND US: In the centre of Borris Village, in south Carlow. GPS: 52.598644, -6.926618.
OPENING TIMES: Open from mid-May to mid-September most Wednesdays – Fridays and occasional weekends. Please check our website for details. Lunch and/or tea can be provided for visiting groups with prior notice.
ADMISSION: Fee applies, check website for further details.
Under the Government’s approved Phase 1 of easing of Covid-19 restrictions from Monday 18th May 2020, please note:
Borris House, Gardens and Woodlands is reopening on Monday 18th May 2020. The tea/coffee will be available in the courtyard for take away only from 11 am till 4 pm. The Store in the Gate Lodge of Borris House, Gardens & Woodlands, one of the best Craft Shops in its County, will be opening on the 11th June 2020 from 12 pm – 5pm Thursday to Sunday.
Please check for further updates on Covid 19 restrictions at www.borrishouse.com or email email@example.com and check the Carlow Tourism website.
Please continue to check the HSE website https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/ for further updates and continue to monitor our social media pages