King House is a magnificently restored Georgian mansion built around 1730 by Sir Henry King, 1st Baronet Kingston. The grand scale of the reception gallery, its original stone floor, tripartite windows and high vaulted ceilings, portray the impression that this 18th Century residence was built as a symbol of the status, wealth and power of the King family. After its first life as a home, King House was converted into a military barracks in the 19th century for the famous Connaught Rangers regiment. At the end of Civil War in 1923 the barracks passed into the control of the newly formed Irish Free State Army.
Following many years as a merchant’s store, King House was saved from demolition in the late 1980s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council.
In more recent years, King House has been a barracks for the Irish Army. Today, children and adults alike can explore this unique architectural treasure and enjoy a range of interactive presentations that offer an enchanting view of Ireland's heritage and culture.
The exhibitions tell the story of the house, its people and the surrounding locality in an entertaining and informative manner. They focus on the world of Gaelic Ireland, the dramatic episodes in the lives of the King family, the architecture, construction and restoration of the House and the military history associated with the property.
Facilities include coach and car parking, also children's worksheets. Rooms for hire and conference facilities are available. There is also an adjacent adventure playground and public park. King House, Lough Key Boat Tours and the Arigna Mining Experience have now come together to offer school tour packages of North Roscommon. This one day itinerary is flexible allowing your group or school to visit the 3 attractions in any order during the day and we can also customise the length of visit to suit your requirements.