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Beaulieu House & Garden

Beaulieu House is a 17th Century house and gardens with a collection of classic racing cars


Beaulieu House is located 2.5 east of Drogheda (towards the coast ),on the North bank of the River Boyne , between the R166 Termonfeckin and R167 Baltray Road. The house overlooks the River Boyne. As it is a family home it is only partly open to the public .


It opens from May 1st to  mid September  from Mondays to Fridays from 11am in the morning until 5pm and at weekends from 1pm -5pm in July and August only  The Classic Car Museum is the latest attraction to Beaulieu . Group visits can be arranged outside of these times and it is best to make an appointment if one wishes to visit it.


Beaulieu House was turned into the house we see today by the Tichbournes in the mid 17th and early 18th Century and has remained largely unchanged since. Originally a stone Plunkett Castle, the present structure is a mixture of brick and stone which was rendered in the late 19th Century, leaving exposed the Dutch brick surrounds to windows and doors. The Dutch style is unique in Ireland.


The walled garden is believed to have been designed by Dutch artist Willem Van Der Hagen, who settled in Ireland in the 1720s, and is one of the earliest examples of a walled garden in Ireland.


Gabriel DeFreitas, the current owner of Beaulieu House, is a tenth generation descendant of Henry Tichbourne. There is a museum on site which displays a collection of classic racing cars and memorabilia. Guided tours of the house, four-acre walled garden and museum are available.


Gabriel is still competing on the race circuits of Europe in cars prepared by partner Malcolm Clark whose own collection of Autotest and road cars will form part of the this small but unique compilation of classic cars.

  • 1970 Blydenstein Vauxhall HC Viva - unique Lotus twin cam race car and sister car to Gerry Marshall’s ‘Old Nail’ – Irish championship winning car
  • 1965 Austin A40 Farina - Race car
  • 1963 Austin A40 Farina - Road car
  • 1971 Austin Mini Cooper S – Road car
  • 1967 MG Midget – Toyo Tyres Autotest car
  • 1995 Silva Stryker – Former race car now Autotest car.
  • Visitors will also be able to relive events of the past through the collection of photographs, programmes, press cuttings and documents filling the walls of the Museum.
  • The spare Lotus 904 engine for the Blydenstein Viva – only 25 of these late sixties engine ever made – two in one collection.
  • Guest Classic Cars, Racing Cars and Racing Motor Bikes are also to be included.

 To view a video of Beaulieu see http://www.youtube.com/user/DavidMcConnon?feature=mhum


Address: Beaulieu ,off Baltray Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Email: info@beaulieuhouse.ie
Phone: +353 41 9838557
Website: http://www.beaulieu.ie