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.

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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.

What’s On

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!

Park Run @ Parkland
Apr 15 2017 @ 9:30 am – Dec 31 2018 @ 10:30 am
Park Run @ Parkland | Celbridge | County Kildare | Ireland
9:30 am
Throughout the year on Saturday mornings at 9.30am, you’re invited to join in on the Parkrun fun around the fabulous grounds of the Castletown parklands. This is a FREE, weekly, 5k, timed event, organised by[...]
May 14 @ 10:00 am – Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm
My Friend Picasso: 125 Photographs by Edward Quinn @ Gallery, Castletown House | Celbridge | County Kildare | Ireland
10:00 am
  Discover the world of one of the greatest modern painters – Pablo Picasso – through the lens of Irish-born photographer Edward Quinn at Castletown House this summer. A testament to the friendship that developed[...]
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 27 @ 5:00 pm
All that We See or Seem @ Stable Wing | Celbridge | County Kildare | Ireland
10:00 am
Artist Siuan McGahan returns to Ireland with her digital portrait series “Expectations are just future disappointments,” combining these pieces with limited run performances of her virtual reality film “All Physics in a Ferment.” Together, these[...]
On a Pedestal @ Long Gallery
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 31 @ 6:00 pm
On a Pedestal @ Long Gallery | Celbridge | County Kildare | Ireland
10:00 am
Inspired by the classical busts in Castletown’s Long Gallery, this exhibition brings together works from an international group of contemporary artists who explore the genre of the portrait bust in a variety of media: from[...]
Echoes @ Stable Wing
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – Aug 22 @ 5:00 pm
Echoes @ Stable Wing | Celbridge | County Kildare | Ireland
10:00 am
An exhibition by element15 contemporary textile artists, Eleanor Swan and Jocelyn Stephens. element15, together with Eleanor Swan, ceramic artist, and Jocelyn Stephens, fine art printmaker, mount a collaborative and site-specific exhibition for Castletown House, exploring the[...]

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.

Wildlife at Castletown

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...

Sleeping Beauty Awakens: Discover Castletown in 2018!

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

  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...

Castletown House

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