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The Swiss Cottage

An idyllic fantasy of country life

15 March - 3 November 2024

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The Swiss Cottage

An idyllic fantasy of country life

15 March - 3 November 2024

See all opening times

Please note that we have been informed by ESB Networks that there will be an electricity outage 9:00 -18:.00 on Tuesday, 28 May to facilitate upgrades to the network and Swiss Cottage will be without any power supply

Swiss Cottage and its associated toilets will as a consequence not be open to the public

Apologies for any inconvenience caused


Guided Tour:
Adult €5.00
Senior €4.00
Student/Child €3.00- (12-17yrs)
Family €13.00
Group rate €4.00

Getting here

Ardfinnan Road
Co. Tipperary
E21 DX07

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The Swiss Cottage

The Swiss Cottage, just outside the heritage town of Cahir, is a cottage orné – a fanciful realisation of an idealised countryside cottage used for picnics, small soirees and fishing and hunting parties and was also a peaceful retreat for those who lived in the nearby big house.

Built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall, who, we believe, managed to persuade world-famous Regency architect John Nash to design it. Originally, simply known as “The Cottage” it appears to have acquired its present name because it was thought to resemble an Alpine cottage.

Inside, there is a graceful spiral staircase and some exquisitely decorated rooms. The wallpaper is partly original and partly the fruit of a 1980s restoration project, in which the renowned fashion designer Sybil Connolly was responsible for the interiors.

Opening Times

15 March – 3 November 2024

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last Admission 17:15


Access to the interior of the cottage is by guided tour only.



Access to the interior of cottage by guided tour only and is on a first come first served basis.

Max tour capacity 10 persons

All bus groups of 10 or more must be pre-booked.

Sundays and Bank Holidays – No buses after 12.00.

Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the Summer months.

Seasonal Opening Times

1 October - 26 October

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last Admission 17:15

27 October - 31 Octoder

Daily 9:00 – 16:30
Last Admission 15:45

1- 3 November

Daily 9:00 – 16:30
last admission 15:45


Ardfinnan Road
Co. Tipperary
E21 DX07

046 9407005

Getting Here

2km south of Cahir Town off R670 – road to Ardfinnan (Cahir is a Heritage Town).

Access to The Swiss Cottage is Via Cahir and R670 Ardfinnan Road only. Strictly no access from the R668 Clogheen Road

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  • Baby Changing
  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Card Accepted
  • Coach parking
  • Guided tours
  • On the Suir Blueway
  • Recycling
  • River Walk
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


  • Assistance dogs only
  • Hold hand rail
  • Limited Access
  • No indoor photography
  • No lift

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