The Argory was designed by Arthur and John Williamson of Dublin for Walter McGeough. Designed in approximately 1819, started in 1820 and finished about 1824, it was built of Caledon stone in coursed ashlar blocks with Navan limestone window sills, quoins and foundations.

Highlights of the House

  • The Argory © Andreas von Einsiedel

    The West Hall

    Visit the West Hall to admire the cantilevered staircase with its gleaming brass uprights and work out where the flue for the heating stove is.

  • The Steinway piano in the Drawing Room © NTPL Andreas von Einsiedel

    The Drawing Room

    In the elegant Victorian Drawing Room come and have a go on the beautiful rosewood Steinway grand piano.

  • The original Bishop and Sons barrel organ in the Organ Lobby © NT Bernie Brown

    The Organ Lobby

    The Organ Lobby houses the original cabinet barrel organ commissioned in 1822 from James Bishop.

  • An ornate three-arm gasolier with pink flushed, etched glass shades in the © NTPL W.Anderson-Porter

    Acetylene light fittings

    The house was fitted with acetylene gas lighting in 1906. A variety of styles of the original fittings can be seen throughout the house.

  • A detail of a drawing showing the Birkenhead Disaster 1862 by Thomas M Hemy © NTPL Derrick E. Witty

    Birkenhead Disaster

    Find out how Captain Shelton defied death in this horrific tragedy in 1862.

  • A pair of Lady Bond's shoes © NT The Gap

    Costume collection

    Discover items from the recently rediscovered costume collection, ranging from stunningly embroidered Georgian men’s waistcoats to elegant ladies' 20th century clothes and accessories.