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.

Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
The Red Embers Theatre Company presents Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness Thursday 6th, Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturday 8th April at[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing, Castletown House
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
8:00 pm
8pm, doors open 7.30pm. Unreserved seating. Created in 2015 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth. Glynis Casson and Daniel Costello tell the story of W.B. Yeats’ life and all the women who supported[...]
Dining Room, Main House
4:00 pm
Open-Air Theatre Chapterhouse Theatre Company present, ‘Peter Pan’ on Saturday 1st July, 2017 on the back lawns at Castletown. Performance starts at 4pm, with access to the lawn from 3pm. After the hugely successful event[...]
Back Lawn
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
8:00 pm
(Sold Out) Doors open 7.30pm. Unreserved seating. Irene Gaffney and Glynis Casson are ‘Ladies who Lunch’. This is a wickedly amusing review of all of the facets of a woman’s life – the ups and[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
8:00 pm
‘An Evening with Oscar Wilde’ Doors 7.30pm. Unreserved seating. Barren Rock Productions presents an evening with Oscar Wilde, compiled and performed by Richard Lynch. Take a trip back to Victorian Society, meet the aristocracy and[...]
Dining Room, Main House
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
8:00 pm
Doors 7.30pm. Unreserved seating. Opera in the Open presents a new version of Der Vampyr by Marschner in the magnificent environs of the Long Gallery at Castletown. The opera tells the tale of Lord Ruthven[...]
Long Gallery, Main House
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
2:00 pm
Join members of the Red Embers Theatre Company in the Hunting Room where they will be reading from the writings of Jonathan Swift as we celebrate the 350th anniversary of his birth.  
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
8:00 pm
RED EMBERS THEATRE COMPANY present The 39 Steps, one thrilling, hilarious noir adventure. Inspired by Hitchcock’s iconic 1935 film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of Richard Hannay, an[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
8:00 pm
RED EMBERS THEATRE COMPANY present The 39 Steps, one thrilling, hilarious noir adventure. Inspired by Hitchcock’s iconic 1935 film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of Richard Hannay, an[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
3:00 pm
RED EMBERS THEATRE COMPANY present The 39 Steps, one thrilling, hilarious noir adventure. Inspired by Hitchcock’s iconic 1935 film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of Richard Hannay, an[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
8:00 pm
RED EMBERS THEATRE COMPANY present The 39 Steps, one thrilling, hilarious noir adventure. Inspired by Hitchcock’s iconic 1935 film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of Richard Hannay, an[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
8:00 pm
RED EMBERS THEATRE COMPANY present The 39 Steps, one thrilling, hilarious noir adventure. Inspired by Hitchcock’s iconic 1935 film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of Richard Hannay, an[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
5:00 pm
Chapterhouse Theatre Presents: Robin Hood and His Merry Men Saturday, 4 August 5pm, access from 4pm Back Lawn, Pleasure Grounds Rain, hail or sunshine: bring your picnic basket along for this open-air production of a[...]
Back Lawn, Pleasure Grounds
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
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.

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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