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.

Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Our monthly market and craft fair continues with a variety of crafts, seasonal goods and food with live music from The Dublin Concert Band at 2pm.   Market and Music in the Stables. Castletown House. Mark[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country market and craft fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with live music from Aisling Out Walking at 2pm.   Market and Music in the Stables. Castletown House. Mark Reddy Trinity Digital Studios. Office[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
12:00 pm
Booked out! We’re delighted to participate in National Heritage Week. This year, we offer a brand new Below Stairs Tour where we share the important stories about the lives and roles of servants at Castletown.[...]
Castletown House and Parkland
5:00 pm
View the museum rooms after 5 pm, opening hours extended for Tuesday evening. Admission: Adult: €8 Student/Child (12+): €3.50 Senior: €5 Family: €14 Refer to the Heritage Week website to view the full list of[...]
Castletown House and Parkland
5:30 pm
Join us for a tour of some of the rare treasures cared for by the OPW-Maynooth University Archive and Research Centre. Archivist Nicola Kelly will be giving an introduction to the archives, including the letters[...]
Castletown House and Parkland
7:30 pm
Join Suzanne Pegley to find out more about the Pakenham-Conolly era in the nineteenth century in Castletown House. The lecture is free, but advance booking is required. Please email castletown@opw.ie to book. Refer to the[...]
Castletown House and Parkland
12:00 pm
Booked out! We’re delighted to participate in National Heritage Week. This year, we offer a brand new Below Stairs Tour where we share the important stories about the lives and roles of servants at Castletown.[...]
Castletown House and Parkland
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
As summer draws to a close, our market and craft fair will take place in the Stable Wing Courtyard from 10am to 5pm. Live music at 12pm from the Charnwood Symphonic Wind Orchestra and 2pm,[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
10:30 am
Enjoy free, 30-minute ‘House Highlights’ tours of the collections at Castletown as we celebrate the end of another successful Heritage Week. Please note that access to the house on Sunday, 27th August, will be by[...]
Castletown House and Parkland
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country market and craft fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with traditional Irish music at 2pm from ‘Cairdeas’.   Market and Music in the Stables. Castletown House. Mark Reddy Trinity Digital Studios. Office of[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country market and craft fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with traditional Irish music at 2pm from ‘Cairdeas’.   Market and Music in the Stables. Castletown House. Mark Reddy Trinity Digital Studios. Office of[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm
12:00 pm
Please note this event is now sold out BOO! Theatreworx presents Creepy Town, an interactive Halloween experience designed with young families in mind which will run from the 28th to the 31st of Ocotber in[...]
Castletown Farmyard
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country market and craft fair in the restored Stable Wing and Courtyard with live music from the ‘Wairwe Land Band’ at 2pm.   Market and Music in the Stables. Castletown House. Mark Reddy Trinity Digital[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
12:00 pm
This year for the first time, Castletown will host The Castletown House Christmas Village, a spectacular three-day event from 8-10 December within the charming surroundings of the historic house. Discover a winter wonderland which includes[...]
Castletown House and Parklands
2:00 pm
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the event has been cancelled.   Celebrate National Tree Week with us and join our Head Gardener, Rory Finnegan, for a guided walk of Castletown’s award-winning parklands. No booking required,[...]
Castletown House and Parkland
1:00 pm
Put on your dancing shoes and join Fear an Ti, Jerry O’Reilly and the Brian Boru Ceile band at our annual St Patrick’s Day Céilí in the Stable Wing courtyard.
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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