Online Tour

Nothing beats visiting a historic property in person, seeing the artefacts for yourself, chatting to one of our knowledgeable tour guides, and enjoying a cup of coffee afterwards in the café. To give you a taster for what you can expect to experience during your visit, please enjoy the virtual tours provided below.

Tour of the House

Accompanied by a detailed floor plan so that you can orientate yourself while you read, this tour explores each room of the house through the words of those who visited it during Pearse’s time there.

Pearse’s very presence, I have said before, was a discipline in itself. He had rarely to resort to corporal punishment. The most noisy dormitory or study-hall became hushed and silent as he entered with his peremptory Céard é seo? Céard é seo? A silence due to respect and not fear.

– Desmond Ryan, The Man Called Pearse (1919).

Tour of the Grounds

The many follies and monuments which dot the paths and meadows of St Enda’s Park were put in place by the Hudson family during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This tour illustrates each one, and gives a snapshot of the history behind it.

… at the Hermitage, Edward Hudson had made himself a beautiful home, adding a portico and new wing to the solemn old granite house that is now Scoil Éanna, and dotting his woods and fields with the picturesque bridges and arches and grottoes on which eighteenth century proprietors spent the money that their descendants (if they had it) would spend on motorcars.

– Patrick Pearse, ‘By way of Comment’ from An Macaomh, Christmas 1910.

View more images of the house and grounds, both current and historical, in the Gallery.