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.

As per the announcement of Mr. Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, from Monday, July 27th until the end of the year, entry to Castletown House will be free of charge. 

To help manage visitor numbers and in order to maintain safe social distancing, we have reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and pre-booking online is essential.

If you are unable to book online, please call us on 01-6288252 for assistance.

Tours are self-guided and are of the Ground Floor only. A one-way system is in operation. Please follow the directions and advice of guides at all times. 

When you arrive, have your booking reference number to hand. Entry is from the front door of the house. 

In order to help us maintain a safe environment within the house, please arrive within your chosen time slot. If you miss your chosen time slot, our guides will only be able to allow admission if there is availability and this will be at their discretion.

We recommend that you download the self-guiding information leaflet before you arrive as there will be no printed information in the rooms. 

Children must be supervised at all times and we ask that all visitors refrain from touching any surfaces within the house.

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

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.





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Self-Guiding Information Leaflet

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.

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.

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Castletown House Stables and why it merits a closer look….

Castletown House Stables and why it merits a closer look….

Castletown House, built in the early 18th century by William Conolly, is one of Ireland’s largest and finest Palladian houses in Ireland. Now in the hands of the OPW, thousands visit Castletown every year to see this architecture gem and learn about its history. Yet...