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. Click here to buy tickets online for our daily Guided Tour at 11 am.

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 tickets online for the Guided Tour we offer each day at 11 am.
Tickets for Self-Guiding and for later tours can be bought on site.

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 – 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
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – Aug 22 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
element15, contemporary textile artists, together with Eleanor Swan, ceramic artist, and Jocelyn Stephens, fine art printmaker, mount a collaborative and site-specific exhibition for Castletown House, exploring the artists’ response to the house in three diverse media.[...]
Stable Wing
7:00 pm
Aoife Burke’s numerous national prizes and bursaries include the Bach Prize and Clyde Twelvetrees Cup at Feis Ceoil, Dublin and the Capuchin Order Perpetual Cup and Bursary at Feis Maitiú, Cork. A native of Cork,[...]
Entrance Hall
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
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
3:00 pm
FREE Special tour of My Friend Picasso exhibition with David Davison, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed photographers. Sunday, 19 August at 3 pm Free admission – Tickets limited and allocated on a first come first served[...]
2nd floor Gallery, Main House
11:30 am
“My dearest, dearest sister, what am I to say…” Workshop based on the personal letters of Lady Louisa Connolly 11.30am – 1pm – Tuesday 21 August The Coach House, Stable Wing FREE EVENT Join members[...]
The Coach House, 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.

Special Tours in 2018

  Take a Closer Look This season, Castletown is delighted to introduce a new programme of occasional ‘Closer Look Tours’, in which our guides will focus in greater depth on aspects of Castletown’s architecture, interiors, and parklands. Each tour will explore three...

August Newsletter

August is shaping up to be the busiest month of the summer here at Castletown! August is the month for National Heritage Week, which takes place from the 18th to the 26th. The theme this year is 'Sharing Stories', and we have a number of interesting talks and...

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 –...

Castletown House

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