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 tour at 4.45 pm). Tickets can be purchased on site at the visitor reception desk in the main house. Click here to buy tickets online for our daily Guided Tours.

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. Guidelines for suitable food for the ducks in our pond can be found here.

BOOK ONLINE!

Click here to buy your tickets for our Guided Tours!

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[...]
Parkland
May 14 @ 10:00 am – Sep 16 @ 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
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
The Office of Public Works is the lead design agency in Ireland, designing and building public facilities, and it is brilliant to collaborate with Michael Finan once again to help train the next generation of Irish creators, engineers and innovators in a fun and[...]
The Farmyard
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
With a variety of events throughout the season, including The BIG Brick Exhibition, live Petting Farm at the weekends and Play Area. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the paths of our Pleasure Grounds and wander through the Fairy Wood towards Lady Louisa’s eighteenth-century Farmyard to meet[...]
Farmyard & pleasure Grounds
Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
3:00 pm
Surviving Picasso Saturday, 7 July 3pm, doors open at 2.45pm Hunting Room, Stable Wing FREE admission Seats on a first come, first served basis Canvas, colour, metal, ceramics. The century’s leading artist commanded them all.[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
3:00 pm
Frida Saturday, 14 July 3pm, doors open at 2.45pm Hunting Room, Stable Wing FREE admission Seats on a first come, first served basis Nominated for six Academy Awards in 2002, Frida is the true story[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
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
11:20 am
Lego Workshop: Junior Robotics for 7-9 Year Olds LEGO Workshops with Learn It Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 July Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 August Hunting Room, Stable Wing To buy tickets for JULY dates,[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
12:40 pm
Lego Workshop: Wedo 2.0 Robotics for 10-12 Year Olds LEGO Workshops with Learn It Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 July Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 August Hunting Room, Stable Wing For JULY tickets, please click[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 29 July 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Country Market and Craft Fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with live music at 2pm from ‘Highly[...]
Stable Wing & Courtyard
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.

Count Dracula, his Female Victims and Castletown House

By Dr. Catherine Bergin, Guide & Information Officer     When one thinks of Castletown House, the words ‘Bram Stoker’ and ‘Dracula’, rarely, if ever, spring to mind. Yet thanks to Monaghan scholar Fearghal Duffy a connection between this stately neo-Palladian mansion...

October at Castletown

Our musical events this month include the songs of John McCormack and Leonard Cohen, baroque orchestral music as well as classical music for piano and violin - doesn't that sound good! We are also hosting a play in the Hunting Room which has won rave reviews both on...

Lady Louisa

Castletown flourished under Thomas Conolly and Lady Louisa. Lady Louisa, the third of the famous daughters of the Duke of Richmond, had spent much of her childhood at Carton near Maynooth, the home of her sister Emily, Countess of Kildare and later Duchess of...

Castletown House

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