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?



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 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
Sep 1 @ 5:00 pm
5:00 pm
Harlequin Opera Gala Saturday, 1 September 5pm, access from 4pm Back Lawn Due to unforeseen circumstances, there had to be a change to the Harlequin Opera performance on September 1st. Castletown is now presenting the[...]
Back Lawn
7:00 pm
Dr. Fionnuala Moynihan is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s leading concert pianists. She has a particular affinity with the works of baroque and classical composers. She performs regularly on the international stage both as[...]
Entrance Hall
7:00 pm
‘Let’s Go to the Moon – Apollo 11’: Family Astronomy Workshop Friday, 14 September, 7pm Hunting Room, Stable Wing FREE – places limited and allocated via lottery; email before 1 September with ‘Astronomy Workshop 2’[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
8:00 pm
‘Popcorn not Included’: Music from the Movies with a Twist Saturday, 15 September 8pm Hunting Room, Stable Wing Join us for a night of songs and music from La Vita è Bella, The Shawshank Redemption,[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm
7:00 pm
Culture Night Friday, 21 September Come and enjoy a FREE harp and flute concert in the Entrance Hall at 7pm. Tickets allocated on a first come, first served basis. Email  
Entrance Hall
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 30 September 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Country Market and Craft Fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with live uilleann pipes and harp music[...]
Stable Wing & Courtyard
3:00 pm
Spend an hour in the company of the great Irish lyric tenor who charmed and electrified audiences the world over in the early years of the 20th century.  His repertoire ranged from operatic arias to[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
8:00 pm
Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen   **SOLD OUT** Saturday, 13 October, 8pm Hunting Room, Stable Wing The songs of Leonard Cohen return to Castletown this October with five wonderful musicians reinterpreting the masterworks[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 9:00 pm
8:00 pm
Red Embers Theatre Company Presents: Orphans 18 – 21 October, 8pm Matinée on 20 October, 3pm Hunting Room, Stable Wing Broadway and off-Broadway audiences gave this moving drama by Lyle Kessler standing ovations. It is[...]
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.

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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