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.

Winter Opening

We have extended our opening this season until 16 December.

In November and December, Castletown House can be visited by guided tour only from Wednesdays to Sundays.

For tour times and to book your ticket online, please click here.

For group / school bookings (more than 8 people), please e-mail castletown@opw.ie.

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.

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 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
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
1:00 pm
Picture Perfect: Digital Camera Workshop With Photographer Mark Reddy Tuesday, 21 August 1pm – 5pm Hunting Room, Stable Wing Suitable for 16 years+, please bring your own digital camera (and tripods, speedlights if you have[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
7:00 pm
Katherine Conolly: Her Life and Letters Lecture by Gaye Ashford Tuesday, 21 August 7pm Hunting Room, Stable Wing Free Admission As part of our Heritage Week celebrations, join us for a talk on ‘Katherine Conolly:[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
8:00 pm
Poetry Reading with Rita Ann Higgins Friday, 24 August 8pm Dining Room Galway-born Irish poet and playwright Rita Ann Higgins has published several collections of poetry and is renowned for her frank, wry poems. Her[...]
Dining Room
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
8:00 pm
‘From Clare to Here’ – Not so much a concert as a musical journey, a chance to celebrate the songs and artists awakened my love of singing and have kept me company throughout the years.[...]
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 26 August 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Country Market and Craft Fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with live music at 2pm from the[...]
Stable Wing & Courtyard

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.

Christmas at Castletown

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The Collection at Castletown: Treasures Lost and Found

Castletown, in the words of Kevin B. Nowlan, former Professor of Modern History, is an Italian palace set on the banks of the River Liffey. At the time it was built, contemporary commentators expected it to be no less than ‘the epitome of the Kingdom, and all the...

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...

Castletown House

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