Cultural

Belvedere House

Just half an hour’s drive from Longford sits historic Belvedere House – a stunning early-18th Century property, surrounded by 160 acres of parkland. Belvedere House was the home of Robert Rochfort, the Earl of Belevedere. The visitor centre at the attraction recounts the story of how Rochfort imprisoned his second wife, Mary Molesworth, for 31 years; the seduction of Lady Cloncurry by Sir John Pier (as immortalised in poetry by Sir John Betjemen); and of the creation of the largest man-made folly in Ireland – the sham ruin known as “The Jealous Wall”.

Belvarder House