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 admission at 5 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 Tour at 11 am.

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 tickets online for the Guided Tour we offer each day at 11 am.
Tickets for Self-Guiding and for later tours can be bought on site.

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
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
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 30 September 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Country Market and Craft Fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with live uilleann pipes and harp music[...]
Stable Wing & Courtyard
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 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 of one[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
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
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 critically acclaimed American-based Irish pianist, Cathal Breslin, and internationally renowned violinist, Krill Trousseau, for an exciting performance of music by Brahms, Vitali, Massenet, Kreisler/Pugnani and Tchaikovsky. Tickets:€15 plus booking fee, from Eventbrite.ie. Further enquiries,[...]
Entrance Hall
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 28 October 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Country Market and Craft Fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with live music at 2pm from Our[...]
Stable Wing & Courtyard
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Country Market & Craft Fair Sunday, 25 November 10am – 5pm Stable Wing & Courtyard FREE Admission Country Market and Craft Fair in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with live music at 2pm.   Market[...]
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.

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...

September at Castletown

This month, we have some wonderful opera lined up for you, as well as some exciting musical events, an astronomy workshop, and much more! You can access all our events at any time on our Calendar; for directions on how to get to Castletown, please click here. If we...

Special Tours in 2018

  Take a Closer Look This season, Castletown is delighted to introduce a new programme of occasional ‘Closer Look Tours’, in which our guides will focus in greater depth on aspects of Castletown’s architecture, interiors, and parklands. Each tour will explore three...

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