Russborough sits in the heart of the panoramic West Wicklow landscape. Built-in the mid-1700s to display the great art assembled by the 1st Earl of Milltown, it later became home to the world-famous Beit Collection. Its classical design, perfect scale, architectural detail, and exquisite decoration marks this Palladian jewel as the most beautiful Georgian house in Ireland.
Russborough’s fascinating history spans three centuries of social and political intrigue, with engaging tales of fine art collectors and collecting. It was a home to just three families in that time. The rich stories of the Milltowns, Dalys and Beits culminate with unprecedented acts of philanthropy, for the benefit of the people of Ireland.
Today, our visitors can enjoy stunning paintings, furnishing and objects from both, in Russborough’s opulent interiors. The house and collections merge beautifully here, as a rare survivor of exquisite taste and grandeur.
Russborough displays the art collections brought together by the three families. The collections, along with the house and estate, were transferred to the ownership of the Alfred Beit Foundation in 1976. Russborough opened to the public as a museum in 1978. Among the Collection’s treasures are an outstanding array of French and English furniture from the 1700s, many important paintings from the 17th to 20th centuries, and among the finest private collections of 18th century silver and porcelain in Ireland.