Lissadell House and Gardens, Sligo, Ireland

The Gallery at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy


Summer 2015: May 2 to October 18

Entry price €12 adult, €6 child

Visitors shoud note that there is no wheelchair access to the House or upstairs Galleries in the Coach House

Entry price is €12 per adult and €6 per child

For this our visitor receives a guided tour of the House (which is between 45 and 50 minutes, this time being the most convenient - not too long, not too short - for the majority of our visitors); entry to the current exhibitions at Lissadell (Countess Markievicz, Yeats, Waterloo200 - Wellington visited Lissadell in 1816, the year after Waterloo); admission to the Alpine Garden, and admission to the Victorian Kitchen Garden (under restoration; at present it has the Langford heritage potato collection - spuds from the 1770s right down to today's varieties, and including the infamous Famine Lumper, berry bushes, pear and apple trees); and woodland walks. 

Visitors should note that tours of the house are on the hour every hour (unless it is very busy, when they run every half hour).  If so inclined you can also go biking (Lissadell Adventure Centre at the Forge), which is great fun for children.  There is a lot to do and see, so it is sensible to wear comfortable walking shoes.  The Alpine Garden is a walk of about 8 - 12 minutes (depending on mobility) from the House, and the House is a 3 - 5 minute walk, down the panoramic walk, from the Coach House visitor reception centre. Visitors should be reasonably mobile.  There is no wheelchair access to the house, or to the upstairs Exhibition Galleries in the Coach House complex. 

On Wednesday 22 July Lissadell hosted a meeting of the Cabinet, which was a great honour for Lissadell, Sligo and the North West. Here’s a quick look back posted by the Government Press Office: video

Lissadell was the childhood home of Countess Markievicz and her sister Eva Gore-Booth, and was immortalised in the poetry of Ireland's greatest poet, William Butler Yeats, awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923 "for his always inspired poetry which .. gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation".

This historic meeting of the Cabinet in Lissadell honours the memory of Countess Markievicz, who died 88 years ago on July 15, and who was not only the first female member of the Dáil, but also our first female Minister (her portfolio was Labour). It also honours the memory of Eva Gore-Booth, suffragist and poet, who fought all her life to better the condition of working women and for women's suffrage. Their achievement was the legislative change allowing women both to stand for election and to vote. One hundred and nineteen years ago Constance and Eva stood on a platform in Drumcliff, Sligo, campaigning for women's rights. For this they were mocked and derided. Constance and Eva would be so proud to see four women ministers at Lissadell, sitting in cabinet, with a female Attorney-General in attendance. They would be so proud that one such minister holds the office of Tánaiste.

This historic meeting of the Cabinet in Lissadell also honours the nation's Anglo-Irish heritage in a way that would make the poet and Senator W. B. Yeats proud. He famously urged recognition of this heritage in the Senate in 1925:

"We .. are no petty people. We are one of the great stocks of Europe. We are the people of Burke; we are the people of Grattan; we are the people of Swift, the people of Emmet, the people of Parnell"

Still Life Drawing Day Sat 9 August 10.30 - 3.30

This exciting drawing course introduces students to formal ideas of traditional drawing practices: tone, negative/positive space, light & shade, composition, measurement and explore three modes of drawing: contour, gesture and modeling.

Only 85 Euro including materials!

Lissadell House Ticket Desk -  (071) 9163150
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Henry Wymbs visits the North West for BBC Radio Oxford. His Lissadell interview includes W. B. Yeats' own recitation of "The Lake Island of Innisfree".

Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide: "Re-opened in 2014 following a five year closure, Lissadell is the brightest historical and cultural gem of the north-west and a must-see destination for anyone visiting Sligo or planning a trip along the Wild Atlantic Way". Georgina Campbell's Ireland 2014

Lissadell house by Pamela Cassidy

"That old grey mansion": W. B. Yeats

The Lissadell Estate is the home of Edward Walsh, his wife Constance Cassidy and their seven children. Writing about Lissadell for the Sunday Times forty-four years ago the BBC's Anne Robinson ('The Weakest Link') observed that "the garden is overgrown, the greenhouses are shattered and empty, the stables beyond repair, the roof of the main block leaks badly and the paintings show patches of mildew". After 70 years of neglect an intensive programme of restoration - without any public funding - has taken place in the House, Gardens, Stable Block and grounds since 2004 and Lissadell is once again a place of beauty. Click here for the text of Anne Robinson's article. No grants of any kind were made in respect of any part of the restoration, either for the house, the gardens or any part of the grounds. Every penny spent was earned by us.

OUR VISION is to transform the estate into a flagship for tourism in Sligo and the North West, whilst providing a secure environment for our children and for our visitors. We do not wish to exploit Lissadell commercially but to restore the house and gardens to their former glory, make Lissadell self-sustaining and protect this crucible of Ireland's historic and literary heritage.

Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and family

Eddie with ball by Pamela Cassidy
Alpine Garden by Pamela Cassidy
Lissadell is our home, and we welcome you, our visitors, into our home. Like any home in Ireland we have photographs of our children in the house. Lissadell has reopened for a 2015 season because of the persuasion of our children. Without the children there would be no 2015 season, and no visitors

Our thanks for your support

Lissadell Sligo Ireland Nov 08 Autumn leaves PC
East front of Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Summers lease at Lissadell by PC

The Parliamentary Gazetter of 1846: "This is a house for the connoisseur. It responds to the romance of its setting, not with Gothick drama, but with Attic reserve. ... With consistent economy the local limestone is worked into spare, exact exteriors, and polished to articulate severely the interiors of the finest Greek-revival country house in Ireland".

"It’s a wonderful placeif you have to choose just one visitor attraction in Ireland to visit, make it Lissadell. And allow plenty of time": Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide.

Working at Lissadell in 1951: we get many enquiries about relatives who worked at Lissadell ln the past. Click here for the Land Commission list of workers and their families, taken in November 1951

Kathy Sheridan, Brian Farrell & Bryan O'Brien visit Lissadell

Kathy Sheridan tours Lissadell video by Bryan O'Brien

Kathy Sheridan & Bryan O'Brien at work in the Bow Room by Pamela Cassidy
Kathy Sheridan & Brien Farrell in the Tea Rooms at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

Bryan O'Brien videoing in the Bow Room; Kathy Sheridan & Brian Farrell in the Tea Rooms

Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore Booth. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dail Eireann, where she served as Minister for Labour (thus becoming the first woman minister in a modern European democracy), and was also the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons at Westminster, London (where she declined to take her seat). Eva was a poet of distinction and an active suffragist, clashing with the young Winston Churchill over barmaids' rights in 1908. Josslyn created at Lissadell one of the premier horticultural estates in Europe. This horticultural enterprise has now been recreated at Lissadell. The great poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with the Gore Booth sisters and stayed at Lissadell in 1893 and 1894. He immortalised Lissadell and the Gore Booth sisters in his poetry:

Oyster Beds at Lissadell by PC

The light of evening, Lissadell
Great windows open to the south
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle. ...

Many a time I think to seek
One or the other out and speak
Of that old Georgian mansion, mix
pictures of the mind, recall
That table and the talk of youth,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.

W. B. Yeats

The Alpine Garden

Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Alpine after rain by Pamela Cassidy
Hummingbird Hawk Moth by Pamela Cassidy Scarce swallowtail by Pamela Cassidy
Eddie in the Alpine Garden

The Lissadell Tearooms

Red currents in the Kitchen Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Red currents in the sun after picking at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

Red currants from the Kitchen Garden at Lissadell

Salad Bar in the Lissadell Tearooms by Pamela Cassidy

CC in Lissadell Tea Rooms

Ma Baker

Salads at Lissadell Lissadell Tea Rooms


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Avenues at Lissadell before restoration

Roses, Lavender, Nepeta, Pumpkins, Sunflowers, Apples, Strawberries

Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Alpine Garden Pond Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Strawberries at Lissadell






On 01 August 2010

The exhibition in the Yeats Gallery displays a collection of first edition and rare books, original letters, paintings, drawings, photographs and ephemera focussing on the life and works of the poet William Butler Yeats, his brother the artist Jack, his father the portrait painter John; the artistic works of his sisters Lily and Lolly at the Cuala Press; and the works of thier literary and artistic contemporaries. The collection is both comprehensive and unique, and has been painstakingly assembled over the past five years. For more information click on YEATS above.

Leonard Cohen in the Yeats' Gallery at Lissadell

Leonard Cohen at the Yeats Gallery on 01 August, 2010

EXHIBITIONS at Lissadell include the Constance Markievicz Exhibition opened by An Taoiseach in March 2007, an exhibition of the World War 1 paintings of Jean Jacques Bellecour.

WBYeats at Lissadell Constance Markievicz at Lissadell AE by Orpen at Lissadell

Images of W. B. Yeats, Countess Markievicz and AE (George Russell) on display at Lissadell


Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Men at work in the Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Primula Candelabra in the woods at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Primroses by PC Winter storms at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

Haymaking at Lissadell by PC

Lissadell is a family home.

Access to the House, Gardens or any part of the grounds is by permission only.

Ben Bulben, summer and winter, viewed from Lissadell (below)

Benbulben from Lissadell by PC

Seagull in flight at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

Photographs copyright Pamela Cassidy, Lissadell. No reproduction without express, written, permission