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.

Open daily during Season

Castletown House is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm (last tour at 4.45 pm). Tickets can be purchased on site at the visitor reception desk in the main house. Click here to buy tickets online for our daily Guided Tours.

The grounds are open 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 15 2017 @ 9:30 am – Dec 31 2018 @ 10:30 am
9:30 am
Throughout the year on Saturday mornings at 9.30am, you’re invited to join in on the Parkrun fun around the fabulous grounds of the Castletown parklands. This is a FREE, weekly, 5k, timed event, organised by[...]
Parkland
May 14 @ 10:00 am – Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm
10:00 am
  Discover the world of one of the greatest modern painters – Pablo Picasso – through the lens of Irish-born photographer Edward Quinn at Castletown House this summer. A testament to the friendship that developed[...]
Gallery, Castletown House
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
7:00 pm
Dusk Chorus Wednesday, 16 May 7pm FREE Admission Limited seating (first come, first served) to attend pre- walk talk in the Hunting Room, Stable Wing The OPW, in association with the Kildare branch of Birdwatch[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
May 19 @ 11:00 am
11:00 am
National Drawing Day Saturday, 19 May 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm Stable Wing FREE Admission Celebrate National Drawing Day at Castletown in association with the National Gallery of Ireland and Kildare County Council.[...]
Stable Wing
11:00 am
National Drawing Day with Paul Woods, Visual Artist, in the Stables on Saturday 19th of May 11-1 & 2-4. Free family friendly event.  
The Stables
May 19 @ 11:00 am – May 20 @ 5:00 pm
11:00 am
The Coach House
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am
The Irish Wolfhound Club Championship Sunday, 20 May 11am – 3pm Front Lawns, Castletown FREE Admission We are delighted to host the Irish Wolfhound Club Championship Show at Castletown. You are invited to come and[...]
Front Lawns
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
Celebrate Biodiversity Week with Raven Haven Birds of Prey Saturday, 26 May 2pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission This is a wonderful opportunity to see and meet some of our native birds of prey[...]
Stable Wing & 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 9 @ 10:00 am – Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
From Celbridge Camera Club: One of the highlights of our year is the Annual Exhibition at Castletown House. It is a chance for the club to show a selection of the members’ work, chosen by[...]
The Coach House
8:00 pm
The Four Seasons, with Lynda O’Connor Saturday, 9 June 8pm € Long Gallery, Main House Unreserved seating Join violin virtuoso Lynda O’Connor for an exciting evening of violin favourites and a performance of The Four[...]
Long Gallery, Main House
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
12:00 am
GROWing Gardens and Earthforce Education present Creativity in the Wild, a day of Forest School themed workshops for 5-10 year olds, as part of Crinniu na nÓg, a day to celebrate and encourage participation by[...]
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
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

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.

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 mansion...

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...

Lady Louisa

Castletown flourished under Thomas Conolly and Lady Louisa. Lady Louisa, the third of the famous daughters of the Duke of Richmond, had spent much of her childhood at Carton near Maynooth, the home of her sister Emily, Countess of Kildare and later Duchess of...

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