Wednesday 13 December 2017

Lismore Castle opens its doors to serve cream tea - for one day only

Devonshire Tea

Lismore Castle's Butler, Denis Nevin. Photo: Patrick Browne
Lismore Castle's Butler, Denis Nevin. Photo: Patrick Browne

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Fancy taking Devonshire cream tea in one of the most spectacular castle settings in the country?

Well now you can... for one day only.

Lismore Castle in Co. Waterford is opening its doors to serve cream tea on 'Devonshire Day', this Sunday, March 19.

Guests will take tea in the Pugin Room with the Duke of Devonshire's butler, Denis Nevin (above), before enjoying a guided tour of the gardens.

Tickets are limited to tea and tours at 11.30am, 12.40pm, 1.50pm, 3pm and 4.10pm, and are priced at €25pp. 'Devonshire Day', now an annual tradition, is a fundraiser for the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing (June 15-18).

The castle, which dates from 1170, is not usually open to visitors - though it can be hired on an exclusive rental basis, sleeping up to 30 people.

Owned by the Duke of Devonshire's family since 1773, guests have included a young JFK, Prince Charles and poet John Betjeman.

The use of the castle and the gardens for Immrama's fundraiser is by kind permission of Lord and Lady Burlington, the organisers add.

The castle gardens are spectacular in spring, with camelia, magnolias and rhododendron in bloom - and sculptures by artists including Eilis O’Connell, Anthony Gormley and Marzia Colonna within its 18th century walls.

For further enquiries and bookings contact 058-53803 or 058-54975 or see

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