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


Click here to access our full online Calendar of Events.

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!

Please note that, due to the bad weather this year, the spring maintenance programme of the Pleasure Grounds has been delayed and they are not yet ready for opening. We are working to open them as soon as possible; please check our website weekly for updates.

Apr 15 2017 @ 9:30 am – Dec 31 2018 @ 10:30 am
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
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[...]
Gallery, Castletown House
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm
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[...]
Stable Wing
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 31 @ 6:00 pm
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[...]
Long Gallery
7:00 pm
On July 20th Eoin Hynes, Tenor will perform accompanied by Siobhan Kilkenny on piano. A glass of processo in included in your booking fee. Making an Entrance, young artists perform in the serene setting of[...]
Entrance Hall
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm
3:00 pm
Pollock Saturday, 21 July 3pm, doors open at 2.45pm Hunting Room, Stable Wing FREE admission Seats on a first come, first served basis Directed by and starring Ed Harris, Pollock is a beautifully crafted drama[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
7:00 pm
Join us on select Friday summer evenings in the serene setting of the grand Entrance Hall, where some of Ireland’s finest young artists will perform. Enjoy piano solos, piano with cello, with violin, with voice,[...]
Entrance Hall
10:30 am
Lego Workshop: Duplo Structural Engineering for 4-6 Year Olds LEGO Workshops with Learn It Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 July  Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 August Hunting Room, Stable Wing To purchase tickets for the[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing

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.

Exhibitions in 2018

My Friend Picasso: 125 Photographs by Edward Quinn 14 May – 2 September 2018 Gallery, Second Floor, Castletown House Admission to the exhibition is included in your ticket to the house. Discover the world of one of the greatest modern painters – Pablo Picasso –...

The Crimson Drawing Room Restored

Dr. Dorothea Depner When we speak of Castletown House we tend to seize on its architectural significance as Ireland’s first and largest neo-Palladian country house and focus on the house’s heyday in the eighteenth century to the exclusion of later periods. At the...

July at Castletown

We are looking forward to a great July at Castletown. First up is our mini Summer Film Festival which ties in with our major exhibition this year. We also have a brand new exhibition, some incredible Lego workshops, and a special themed tour. Scroll on down for all...

Castletown House

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