Avondale House, County Wicklow
Lying just south of Rathdrum, Avondale House was the birthplace of the 19th century politician and patriot, Charles Stewart Parnell. The Georgian mansion is now a museum dedicated to Parnell and the flight for Home Rule.
The state owns Avondale and runs a forestry school here, but the public is free to explore the grounds. Known as Avondale Forest Park, the former estate includes an impressive arboretum first planted in the 18th century and much added to since 1900. There are some lovely walks through the woods, with pleasant views along the River Avonmore.
Avondale House is a must-see attraction on your Ireland tours.