Weddings at Westport House
Make yourself at home on our House…
Westport House is an 18th century Palladian mansion set on over 300 acres in the heart of Westport Town. One of the few privately owned historic homes left in Ireland, this stunning house remains still very much as it was in the 18th century and you’ll feel like you’re walking back in time into your very own ‘Downtown Abbey’. See for yourself...
The Lakeland, parkland and woodland grounds are peaceful and beautiful, rivalled only by the stunning interiors of the house. We pride ourselves on giving a very warm Westport welcome to our wedding parties and will do everything we can to make your wedding day exceptional.
There has been a ‘big house’ on this site since the 1500’s when Grace O’Malley, the famous Pirate Queen and Original Wild Atlantic Woman, built one of her castles here. Amazingly, her dungeons remain in this magnificent mansion which was built in 1730 by her descendants. The house was built by Colonel John Browne, a Jacobite, who was at the siege of Limerick, and his wife Maude Burke who was Grace O’Malley’s great-great granddaughter.
The east front – and main entrance to Westport House – was designed by famous German architect, Richard Cassel, with the finest limestone taken from the quarry by the estate farmyard. Richard Cassel also designed Carton, Haselwood, Russborough and Leinster Houses (our nation’s government building). Westport House was completed by father and son James and Benjamin Dean Wyatt (many of the ceilings, cornices and fireplaces), Thomas Ivory (south façade) and Romaine Walker (west facing terraces).
A Choice of Venue on the Westport House Estate:
- Westport House – the historic House
- The Farmyard at Westport House – rustic loft venue and garden-party option
- Hotel Westport – 4 Star Hotel
Award-Winning, Intimate & Magical
The ultimate in old world heritage, Westport House really puts the WOW into your wedding. It is the most beautiful historic House in Ireland, providing a stunning location for your fairy-tale day. You’ll be surrounded by original furniture, magnificent painting, open fireplaces and unbeatable architecture in every room. This is what makes Westport House a truly unique and memorable venue for your special day. With modern conveniences, you’ll be transported back in time to the 18th century.
The Front Hall has a magnificent Barrel ceiling by Richard Cassels, parquet floors and a sweeping Italian marble staircase by George Wilkinson. This room is where guests gather to have their champagne reception on arrival along with canapes. The Library and The Morning Room are also opened for guests to enjoy and relax in.
The Drawing Room, which leads off from the Entrance Hall is where the dining takes place for smaller weddings. We can cater for up to 60 guests in this very intimate setting where there is a beautiful 18th century had painted ceiling. This room adjoins The Long Gallery where dining also takes place for larger numbers also seating 60 guests. In effect, the Drawing Room and Long Gallery becomes one large L-shaped room with the top table in the corner of the L allowing guests to see the wedding party. The maximum number of guests we cater for in Westport House is 120 people.
The Long Gallery is where the dancing or post dinner party take place.
You may use some of the rooms in the House or exclusively hire the entire House – depending on your specific needs.