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.

7:00 pm
Join us on select Friday summer evenings in the serene setting of the grand Entrance Hall, where some of Ireland’s finest young artists will perform. Enjoy piano solos, piano with cello, with violin, with voice,[...]
Entrance Hall
2:00 pm
The Dublin Concert Band’s 60th Anniversary Sunday, 24 June 2pm Back Lawn, Pleasure Grounds Entrance fee as for entrance to Pleasure Grounds and Back Lawn: Adult €3 Concession €2 Family €10 (2 adults 3 children).[...]
Back Lawn, Pleasure Grounds
6:00 pm
The Connor McKeon Band presents: The Legends of Swing Friday, 29 June Back Lawn, Pleasure Grounds 6pm – 9pm After seven successful sell-out concerts at the National Concert Hall Dublin, we are delighted to welcome[...]
Back Lawn, Pleasure Grounds
7:00 pm
On July 20th Eoin Hynes, Tenor will perform accompanied by Siobhan Kilkenny on piano. A glass of processo in included in your booking fee. Making an Entrance, young artists perform in the serene setting of[...]
Entrance Hall
7:00 pm
Join us on select Friday summer evenings in the serene setting of the grand Entrance Hall, where some of Ireland’s finest young artists will perform. Enjoy piano solos, piano with cello, with violin, with voice,[...]
Entrance Hall
7:00 pm
Barbara Dunne began her musical career as a singer songwriter. After winning several big song contests and touring around Ireland and Europe, she decided to return to education. Her talents as a pianist and composer[...]
Entrance Hall
7:00 pm
Aoife Burke’s numerous national prizes and bursaries include the Bach Prize and Clyde Twelvetrees Cup at Feis Ceoil, Dublin and the Capuchin Order Perpetual Cup and Bursary at Feis Maitiú, Cork. A native of Cork,[...]
Entrance Hall
7:00 pm
Join us on select Friday summer evenings in the serene setting of the grand Entrance Hall, where some of Ireland’s finest young artists will perform. Enjoy piano solos, piano with cello, with violin, with voice,[...]
Entrance Hall
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.[...]
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
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 castletown@opw.ie.  
Entrance Hall
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
3:00 pm
The Irish Baroque Orchestra Presents: Born in 1685 Sunday, October 21, 3pm Long Gallery Italian oboist Alfredo Bernardini is one of the world’s leading baroque directors and instrumentalists. His personality and charm pour from his[...]
Long Gallery
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
Join internationally renowned violinist, Kirill Troussov and critically acclaimed American-based Irish pianist Cathal Breslin for an exciting performance of music by Beethoven, Brahms, Vitali and Tchaikovsky. Tickets:€15 plus booking fee, from Eventbrite.ie. Further enquiries, phone[...]
Entrance Hall

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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