Newbridge House and Demesne is the most complete Anglo Irish estate in Ireland. The House and estate were purchased from the Cobbe family in 1985 and opened as a County Dublin Regional Park in 1986. Consisting of approximately 370 acres of gently undulating pastureland, woodland walks, wild flower meadows, traditional farm, ruins of Lanistown Castle, deer park and at its heart the fine Georgian house designed by the renowned architect James Gibbs. Newbridge still has all the intimacy and warmth of a family home with the accessibility of a property in public ownership. This is achieved through a very successful and unique arrangement between Fingal County Council and the Cobbe family.
Newbridge is not simply preserved but through the excellent work of Alec Cobbe the collection continues to grow and complements the existing collections on loan from the family of the original furniture, pictures and other works of art on display in the main rooms open to the public. The Red Drawing Room is one of the finest Georgian rooms in Ireland and is home to the best documented 18th century private art collection in the country. The Museum of Curiosities (one of the few surviving family museums in Ireland or Britain) and the ornate plasterwork found throughout the house are of particular note. A private apartment is still maintained for the family continuing a line of occupancy unbroken since the eighteenth century.
Newbridge Farm is home to a vast array of animals ranging from the Shetland and Connemara ponies of the paddock, to the piglets, goats and chickens of the farmyard. Access to the farm is through a cobbled courtyard designed by Robert Mack in the late 18th Century.
It is one of the few working farms where children can see pigs, and many other animals, reared in an environment where they can move about freely and express normal patterns of behaviour. Newbridge is very committed to the highest standards of animal welfare and to the preservation of many rare breeds of animals, such as the Gloucester Old Spot, which have all but disappeared due to intensive methods of farming.
Newbridge House and Farm is a terrific day out for all the family, both fun and educational. People all ages enjoy the Farm, from the piglets to Summer the Connemara foal and the gorgeous chicks of the Hatchery. Guided tours are available of the House and delicious treats are baked daily in the Tearooms open daily all year round. There are a range of seasonally themed events through out the year such as at Halloween and Christmas. The attraction is five minutes drive from Dublin Airport and ten minutes walk from Donabate Train Station.
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