Opening Hours and Tickets

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.

Castletown House will re-open for tours on March 1st 2019.

For group / school bookings (more than 8 people), please e-mail

The grounds are open daily 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.


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.

Looking for a special treat? Why not gift yourself or a loved one a ticket to the Irish National Opera’s Orfeo ed Euridice in February or to Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Niall Kinsella, in April 2019?



May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
  The Abbey Art Group, a local group established 1982 will exhibit a range of paintings of local scenes, botanical studies, still life in a range of mediums: watercolour, oils, acrylics and pastels.
Coach House, Stable Wing
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
3:00 pm
  Irish Baroque Orchestra returns to Castletown House in the company of world renowned guest director Kristian Bezuidenhout. On the world’s finest harpsichord virtuosos, Bezuidenhout turns his attention towards Bach; his monumental Art of Fugue on one hand and the[...]
Long Gallery
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
  Camarilla Ensemble is an award winning and distinguished chamber music group, renowned for its vibrant and distinctive performances.  The group comprises five outstanding wind players, and has firmly established itself on the UK music scene[...]
Entrance Hall
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
12:00 pm
  To celebrate Biodiversity week, come and see some of our native birds of prey with our friends from Raven Haven. Please note: Due to the nature of this event, dogs will not be allowed[...]
Stable Wing, Castletown House
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
  Our ever popular Country Market and Craft Fairs continue in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with music from St. Mary’s Band, Maynooth from 2pm.
Stable Wing, Castletown House
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
Kelli-Ann Masterson is a soprano from County Wexford. She holds a B.Mus Ed. degree from Trinity College Dublin and MMus from DIT. Recent operatic roles include Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte (Clyde Opera Group, Glasgow)[...]
Entrance Hall
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am
  We are delighted to host the Irish Wolfhound Club Championship Show at Castletown. You are invited to come and view these gentle giants as they compete for Best in Show.
Front Lawns
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
A late starter, Sean began playing the piano seriously at 23. he has won several first prizes and awards in national competitions. Building a growing following in recent years, Sean is returning to Castletown with[...]
Entrance Hall
6:00 pm
Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s notorious heroine. When Elizabeth meets the terse and abrupt Mr. Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is[...]
Back Lawns
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
  Our ever popular Country Market and Craft Fairs continue in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with music from Asgards Trad Trio from 2pm.
Stable Wing, Castletown House
6:00 pm
SWING INTO SUMMER! Back by popular demand after the band’s highly acclaimed sell out concert at Castletown in 2018 –  the boys are back in town!  From The Rolling Stones to Bruno Mars, Paolo Nutini[...]
Back Lawns
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
The Walshaw Trio: Nathalie Mérandon (Flute): was born in Cluses, Haute-Savoie. She studied music at the Conservatory of Music in Grenoble, then at the High School of Music for professionals in Geneva. She then attended[...]
Entrance Hall
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
Brendan Kennedy is a Bachelor of Music first class honour graduate of Maynooth University, majoring in piano performance and minoring in composition. He is currently studying on the Masters in Music Performance programme in the[...]
Entrance Hall
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
  Our ever popular Country Market and Craft Fairs continue in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with music from The Dublin Concert Band from 2pm.
Stable Wing, Castletown House
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
Musici Ireland featuring Lance Coburn- Piano, Miriam Rycroft-Cello and Beth McNinch-Viola Including music by Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann and Brahms’ Trio in A minor Op 114
Entrance Hall
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
8:00 pm
A tempestuous and tender love story. In 1710, Jonathan Swift met Esther VanHomrigh (Vanessa) in London. She became besotted with him. What she did not know and what he omitted to tell her was that[...]
Hunting Room

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.

Valentines Competition

This competition has now closed. Thanks to all who entered. A winner will be selected today. Check here later to see if you have won! Win a Romantic Break for 2 This great prize brought to you by the OPW and Irish Landmark includes: 2 Nights self catering...

Books About Castletown

An Active Research Programme It is our mission at Castletown ‘to conserve, protect and hold in trust’ this historic site and its contents, ‘in accordance with their national importance and use’. Working closely with the Castletown Foundation as well as the...

Christmas at Castletown

Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin: Christmas market with live crib and music, Santa in Castletown House, music, storytelling, gift ideas - there is a lot to discover and do at Castletown this December!     Winter Opening The restored Crimson Drawing...

Castletown House

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