Doneraile Wildlife Park

Doneraile Estate

Contact Details

Address:

Doneraile
Co. Cork
P51 XR66

Tel No: +353 22 24771

Website: doneraileestate.ie

Email: donerailepark@opw.ie
(Park Enquiries)

Email: donerailecourt@opw.ie
(House Enquiries)

 

 

Opening Hours

2019

Park Opening Times

Summer

Monday - Friday 08.00 – 20.00
Weekends 08.00 – 20.00
Bank Holidays 08.00 - 20.00

Winter

Monday - Friday 08.00 – 17.00
Weekends 08.00 - 17.00
Bank Holidays 08.00 - 17.00

Park entry Free of charge.

Email donerailepark@opw.ie

Doneraile Court House Opening Times

Open 23rd June - 3rd November 2019

Summer

10am - 6pm Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Average length of visit 45 minutes

For a list of opening times and tours for Doneraile Court please visit
doneraileestate.ie

Admission Fees

Admission fees for Doneraile Court Guided Tour

Adult €8

Senior/Group €6

Student €4

Family €20

OPW Heritage Card for sale on site.

Facilities

Restaurant/Tearooms:

Tearooms

Tel.: 022 24448

Opening Hours*

Winter 10.00 - 16.00

*Subject to change. Please phone in advance.

 

Car park, picnic areas, toilets and children's playground

Location: Ericode P51 XR66

Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 836 6111

Guided tours: Yes

Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.

Photography / Video allowed: Yes

Doneraile Estate

Doneraile Estate comprises Doneraile Park and Doneraile Court.

Doneraile Park

Doneraile Park is a 400 acre walled in Parkland and Wildlife Park with designated pathways and graded walks from where can be viewed herds of Red deer, Fallow deer, Sika deer and the protected Kerry blue cattle.

The Parklands styled in the 18th century “Capability Brown style”  include remains of 17th 18th and 19th century gardens including a 19th century Parterre walled garden and gardeners cottages.

Park Facilities:  Children’s playground- Public toilets- Free Parking.

Doneraile Court

Doneraile Court, sits majestically on the landscaped Park grounds, overlooking one of the many water features created by the diversion of the Awbeg River in the 18th century.

The house was built by the St Leger family circa 1645, originally the House was a 2 storey over half basement, but was extensively refurbished by the St Legers in 1725 – 1749.

The refurbishment was designed by the architect Isaac Rothery, adding a third story as well as bow ends thus transforming Doneraile Court into a magnificent example of Georgian architecture.

13 generations of the St Leger family resided on Doneraile estate for over 300 years, and the refurbishment by the OPW of Doneraile Court in 2019 is a testament to this time.

History was made by another well-known St Leger in 1712 when Elizabeth St Leger became the first lady Freemason in the world.

Guided tours of the House are available throughout the day, where you will hear about the St Leger family The history of Doneraile estate and view the extensive Art and other collections throughout the property.