Explore Doneraile Park – one of Ireland’s best hidden gems

Home to the noble St. Leger family for over four hundred years, Doneraile Park is regarded as a place of exceptional beauty and character. Our audio guide will lead you through the beautiful grounds of Doneraile Park and its unique and historic gardens. As well as its unique horticultural heritage, Doneraile also has had many associations with notable characters through the centuries. The association with the St. Ledger family is one of the most constant of any large estate in Ireland. You will hear the story of the St. Leger family and some of their notable guests and characters associated with the estate. Packed with stories and tales, music and folklore, the guide is an enjoyable, informative and immersive experience.

Nestled by the banks of the River Awbeg in a scenic valley in North Cork, Doneraile Park is one of Ireland’s true hidden gems, where in the four hundred acres of dedicated parkland, you can discover tales of the first female Freemason, the world’s first steeplechase and over four hundred years of gardening history!

Discover the Stories of Doneraile

Doneraile Park and Court, has stood proud for 400 years. It has, within the walls of the immense park, unique remains of gardening history in Ireland that is unparalleled elsewhere in Britain or Ireland. That fact alone makes the park a truly remarkable place. When you are finished at the park, why not take a stroll into the town of Doneraile, which was planned in the early 1700s by the St. Ledgers. They planned a town which would match their aspirations in life and the layout of their planned town has barely changed over the proceeding three hundred years. You can also enjoy a wonderful guided tour of Doneraile, visit Doneraile Online on Facebook for details.

Abarta Heritage produced this audio guide on behalf of Doneraile Development Association, Ballyhoura Development Ltd, and The Office of Public Works. The guide was written by Neil Jackman, and narrated by Anthony Brophy. The audio guide was produced by Róisín Burke with sound engineer Declan Lonergan of Bluebird Studios.