I‘m one of those people who tends to sigh and say “I’d love to win the lotto” every time the jackpot hits some obscene amount, while wildly fantasising about all the mad stuff I’d buy with the money.

Now, while I never actually do the lotto, if by some bizarre turn of events I did end up magically winning the thing, one of the first things I’d be splashing out cash on is a beautiful old house in Lackareagh in County Clare.

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Look familiar? Photo by Ben Riordain

The building in question once played home to one of the greatest shows ever to be set in Ireland; Father Ted.

If you’re in search of the house that holds a special place in the hearts of millions the world over, here’s a handy little guide to ensure you don’t get lost on the way.

Wait – is Father Ted’s House actually on Craggy Island?

Devastatingly – no, it isn’t! Craggy Island is, in fact, a fictional place – heartbreaking, I know!

The Parochial House from the series is officially known as Glanquin Farmhouse and can be found in Lackareagh, County Clare.

Depending where you’re leaving from, finding Father Ted’s House can be pretty tricky, and I’m speaking as a man who traipsed up and down many a country lane in the rain trying to find it.

Getting to Father Ted’s House

Naturally enough this’ll completely depend on which direction you’re coming from.

The best thing to do is to pop “Father Ted Parochial House” into Google Maps and let it do the work for you.

Here are some directions from Dublin, Galway, and Cork!

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Afternoon Tea

The house itself is on private property which means you shouldn’t attempt to vault the wall and go knocking on the door.

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The wonderful Mrs Doyle

If you’re visiting County Clare, be sure to visit the island of Inis Oirr, along with the wonderful little village of Doolin – there’s a tonne of things to do in and around it!

If you fancy a gander around inside you can book afternoon tea at Fr. Teds which includes scones, brown bread, desserts and homemade jams, all washed down with some organic tea and/or coffee.

As you relax and chomp away, you’ll be taken through the story of the Fr. Ted experience, the history of the house and given recommendations on other great things to do in County Clare.

Here’s the only wonderful entrance theme to get you in the mood!

And that's a wrap!
Have you had afternoon tea in Father Ted’s House or do you plan on checking it out on your next trip to Clare? Let me know in the comments below!