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.

Castletown House is open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm).

Access is by Guided Tour only.
Tour Times: 10.15, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 16.45

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.


Click here to buy your tickets for our Guided Tours!

Castletown Experience now open!

Open from 10am to 5pm every day until the end of August and weekends in September, The Castletown Experience is the perfect place to entertain children during the summer holidays.
Come and see ‘Tales from the Attic’, the vintage dollhouse and toy exhibition, Maperath Pet Farm at weekends, our play area, fairy wood and playroom.

Adults: €6
Seniors: €4
Student / Child (over 3 yrs): €3
Family: €18

Or you can buy a Family Summer Pass which allows unlimited access to the Garden and Castletown Experience for the 2019 season for €40.

Tickets available from Castletown House reception (just inside the house front door) or from the ticket office in the West (cafe) courtyard.

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.

3:00 pm
Irish National Opera & United Fall, in partnership with Irish Baroque Orchestra Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck Gluck’s revolutionary opera Orfeo ed Euridice was a highlight of Galway International Arts Festival 2018 where it had[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
8:00 pm
GERALD PEREGRINE – C.V. “ravishing sensitivity…one of the highlights of my listening year” ( Ensemble Avalon-The Strad). “Gerald Peregrine plays the cello as if born to it” – (The Irish Times).   **Enjoy a pre-concert[...]
Entrance Hall
1:00 pm
  Join Fear an Tí Jerry O’Reilly and the Brian Boru Céilí Band at our annual St. Patrick’s Day céilí in the Courtyard.
Stable Courtyard
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
  Our ever popular Country Market & Craft Fairs return to the Stable Wing and Courtyard with music from The Hotswing Quartet from 2pm.
Stable Wing, Castletown House
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
  Schola Hyberniae is Ireland’s specialist female vocal ensemble specialising in plainchant and early polyphony. All the singers are highly experienced vocalists and musicians, who are active in the fields of education, research, musicology, and performance.[...]
Entrance Hall
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
8:00 pm
Following last year’s sell-out performance, Handel’s Messiah returns to Castletown’s Long Gallery for what will no doubt be a highlight of the season. A glorious and dramatic work, Handel’s Messiah, is firmly fixed in the[...]
Castletown House
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
A piano student of Mary Beattie at the CIT Cork School of Music, eighteen-year-old Kevin Jansson is emerging as one of the finest musicians of his generation.   Kevin has six international 1st prizes to[...]
Entrance Hall
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
  Our ever popular Country Market and Craft Fairs continue in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with music from Leixlip Community Youth Band from 2pm.
Stable Wing, Castletown House

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.

Heritage Ireland latest e-zine

Heritage Ireland latest e-zine

Welcome to the Summer-Autumn 2019 edition of the Heritage Ireland ezine! Summer and the busy season are in full swing at our wonderful heritage sites. Naturally it has been an eventful time for us getting ready for visitor season and of course we have the perennial...

Movie Magic at Castletown

Movie Magic at Castletown

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Castletown 2019 – A New Season

Castletown 2019 – A New Season

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