Lismore Castle, County Waterford

Lismore Castle, County Waterford

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Lismore Caslte is built on the site, which originally was occupied by Lismore Abbe. Established in the early 7th Century, Lismore Abbey was an important monastery and seat of learning. The castle has a long and illustrious past, with connections to the Earls of Cork and the Dukes of Devonshire. The 12th Duke succeeded to the title in 2004 and although he continues to live mainly on the family’s Bolton Abbey estate, his son William Burlington maintains an apartment in Lismore Castle. In 2006, he converted the derelict west range into a contemporary gallery know as Lismore Castle Arts.

The castle's gardens are open to the public and feature contemporary sculptures, including works by Anthony Gormley, Marzia Colonna and Eilís O'Connell. The upper garden is a 17th Century walled garden, while much of the informal lower garden was designed in the 19th Century.

In 2004 The Robert Boyle Science Room was opened nearby in the Lismore Heritage Centre dedicated to his life and works where students have the opportunity of studying science and participating in scientific experiments.

Recently Lismore Castle was used as Northanger Abbey in the 2007 ITV dramatisation of that name during its Jane Austen season.

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