Heritage Ireland

Swiss Cottage

An idyllic fantasy of country life

10:00 – 17:00

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Swiss Cottage

An idyllic fantasy of country life

10:00 – 17:00

See all opening times

Limited Access

Open 10:00 - 17:00, Last admission 16:30
01 - 25 October, Saturday - Thursday 10:00 – 17:00, Last admission 16:30
26 October - 01 November, Daily 10:00 - 17:00, Last admission 16:30
Site Closes for Season on 01 November.

Cottage closed
Access to grounds only
Self guide only
Toilets closed
Free admission


Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Getting here

Ardfinnan Road
Co. Tipperary
E21 DX07

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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

 Daily 14 March – 01 November

Admission by guided tour only.

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour

Seasonal Opening Times

14 March – 24 October

10:00 – 18:00

Last Admission 17:15

25 October – 01 November

09:30 – 17:00

Last Admission 16:15


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

Sundays and Bank Holidays – No buses after 12.00.

All Groups of 10 or more must be pre-booked.


Ardfinnan Road
Co. Tipperary
E21 DX07

052 74 41144

Getting Here

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

Access to 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
  • Coach parking
  • Guided tours
  • On the Suir Blueway
  • River Walk
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


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

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