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.

BOOK ONLINE!

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.

Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Join us on Sunday 26th November at our Country Market and Craft Fair, the perfect place to shop and meet family and friends; with live music from ‘Cascade’ ladies choir at 2pm.  
Stable Wing and Courtyard
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Our annual Christmas markets and craft fairs are the perfect place to shop and meet family and friends; with Nativity Scene, live crib, music, Squirrel Post and Santa, it’s an idyllic setting and wonderful family[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Join us on Sunday, 25 March, for our first Country Market and Craft Fair of 2018. Taking place on the last Sunday of every month, this is the perfect place to discover a range of wonderful[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 27 May 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Meet family and friends and support small local businesses at our monthly Country Market and Craft Fair with[...]
Stable Wing & Courtyard
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 24 June 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Country Market and Craft Fair in the restored eighteenth- century Stable Wing and Courtyard with live music by[...]
Stable Wing & Courtyard
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 29 July 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Country Market and Craft Fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with live music at 2pm from ‘Highly[...]
Stable Wing & Courtyard
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 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
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 28 October 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Country Market and Craft Fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with live music at 2pm from Our[...]
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.

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...

October at Castletown

Our musical events this month include the songs of John McCormack and Leonard Cohen, baroque orchestral music as well as classical music for piano and violin - doesn't that sound good! We are also hosting a play in the Hunting Room which has won rave reviews both on...

Castletown House

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