Welcome to Castletown House
When it was built in the 1720s, Castletown set a radical precedent and it is an extraordinary part of our cultural inheritance. Now, as the OPW breathes contemporary life into Ireland’s earliest and finest Palladian house, it is trailblazing once more. We hope you enjoy your visit.
Open Daily during Season
Castletown House is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission at 5 pm). Tickets can be purchased on site at the visitor reception desk in the main house. The grounds are open all year round, and are free to enter and explore.
Please download the Code of Conduct for Dog Owners at this link.
Discover Ireland’s Iconic Heritage Sites with the Office of Public Works
Be inspired by this video to explore Ireland’s rich and diverse history in 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage. From our Unesco World Heritage site Newgrange in Ireland’s Ancient East to Skellig Michael on the Wild Atlantic Way, from Dublin Castle to the Swiss Cottage, from Céide Fields to the Phoenix Park – whatever your fancy or destination, plan your visit with us here. We would love to welcome you soon!
Conservation in Progress
Watch textile conservators May Berkouwer and Ksynia Marko at work conserving the original nineteenth-century silk wall hangings in the Crimson Drawing Room at Castletown. Their work is part of a larger project which aims to restore the historic character of the room. Be sure to put Castletown House on your itinerary this summer when you can discover, or rediscover, the fully conserved Crimson Drawing Room.
From concerts to workshops, from theatre to exhibitions, from young audiences to those still young at heart – download our 2018 Events Programme here and discover the wide range of events we have organised for you this year!
The Castletown Blog
Stay up to date, and enjoy glimpses from behind the scenes at Castletown! Here are the latest entries; click here for the archive.
By Rory Finnegan, Head Gardener One year after receiving a Green Flag Award and an All Ireland Pollinator Award in 2017, we are continuing to monitor, assess and manage Castletown House and Parklands with its wildlife needs as a priority. In February, for example, we...
By Dr Dorothea Depner Italian President Sergio Mattarella and his daughter Laura discovering the many links that exist between Castletown and Italy on their tour with OPW guide Antonella Guarracino As it happens, it was not a prince but the Italian President,...
The Castletown Foundation is an educational charity which was established in 1979 and owned Castletown until 1994. The Foundation presented the House with thirteen acres and the Conolly Folly to the Irish State, and the Office of Public Works has subsequently...