Heritage Tour of Westport

You will see how this stunningly beautiful town nestling under the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick grew from a fishing village into one of the country’s foremost holiday destinations. One of Ireland’s rare planned towns, it boasts some stunning 18th and 19th century architecture as well as amazing traditional music venues, great restaurants and lively pubs. Westport house offers a look at what life was like for the landed gentry while the grounds provide entertainment for young visitors.

Starting Point: The Townhall Theatre at the Octagon
Finish: Westport House
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Language of tour: English or French
Level of difficulty: Easy
What to wear: Comfortable walking shoes and it is advisable to have showerproof clothing.
Numbers: Minimum 4 (paying), Maximum 10
Prices: €10 per person, children (under 16) free. Group rates for > 10 on application
Georgian House Westport

A typical Westport 18th century Georgian house

Carrowbeg River

Carrowbeg River

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Octagon Monument

How long has St Patrick been surveying the town from the top of this column?

The 19th century Sacred Heart Convent building stands proud once more having been brightened up during the 250th anniversary of the town celebrations

Why is the 19th century Sacred Heart Convent gone psychedelic?

Westport House

Which family owned the 18th century Westport House for 300 years?

Clock, Westport

Is the clock a good time-keeper?

St Mary's Catholic Church

Why was St Mary’s Catholic church built in the basilica style?

The Chieftain’s Matt Molloy keeps the beating heart of traditional music going in his pub on the vibrant Bridge Street

Who is Matt Molloy?

Holy Trinity Church

Why was the 19th century Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Church built in the Neo-Gothic style?