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 will be closed on Thursday 7th November.
From 8th November, Castletown House will open Wednesday to Sunday until December 15th.
Access is by Guided Tour only. Click here for tour times in November and December.
For group / school bookings (more than 8 people), please e-mail email@example.com or call us on 01 6288252
The grounds are open daily all year round, and are free to enter and explore.
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.
Click here to access our full online Calendar of Events.
Dr. Suzanne Pegley: Castletown and a spectacular wedding in 1868
The spectacular wedding of Thomas Conolly, the owner of Castletown, and Sarah Eliza Shaw in 1868 involved not only the marriage itself in Bray but included 3 receptions, two parades and dancing at the gates of Castletown.
This lecture is FREE and there is no booking necessary.
Mr Swift meets Mr Handel –
A programme juxtaposing readings from the works of Jonathan Swift with music by some of his contemporaries Handel, Telemann, Geminiani and Dubourg
Malcolm Proud has devised this programme of readings from the works of Jonathan Swift interspersed with music by some of Swift’s contemporaries including two great German composers Georg Philipp Telemann and George Frederick Handel, the Italian violinist and composer Francesco Geminiani who worked and eventually died in Dublin, and Matthew Dubourg ‘Chief Composer and Master of the Music attending His Majesty’s State in Ireland’ and leader of the orchestra at the first performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in Dublin in 1742.
First published in 1726 Swift’s classic satirical novel ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ was an international success and was soon translated into German. It became so popular in Germany that in 1728 Georg Philipp Telemann composed a suite of five movements, each movement based on a different episode in the book.
Actor Sharon McArdle will read extracts from Gulliver’s Travels and other writings by and about Swift, and harpsichordist Malcolm Proud with baroque violinists Claire Duff and Marja Gaynor will perform the music.
Reputedly unmusical, Jonathan Swift once announced “I would not give a farthing for all the music in the universe”. However, before Handel left Dublin, following the successful premiere of his ‘Messiah’ he paid a courtesy call on the ailing Swift.
Our Country Market and Craft Fair with music from Cairdeas from 2pm.
Music from the Movies ‘with a twist’
Join sopranos Donna Gallagher and Joan O’Malley, tenor Owen Gilhooley, with Annalisa Monticelli on piano, Rebecca Draisey- Collishaw on oboe and Elaine Clarke on violin, for an evening of songs and music from classic films such as ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou?’, ‘Amélie’, ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, and ‘The Favourite’ in the Hunting Room.
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.
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 This blog will look back at some of the TV shows and movies which used Castletown as a location. In 1983 Castletown’s Courtyard café changed its name for Educating Rita. Remington Steele aired its final episodes in 1987 and Castletown...
Castletown 2019 by Deirdre Cullen Castletown House reopens to the public on Friday 1st March. During the winter break our OPW conservation team has been busy cleaning and caring for the house, we’ve been preparing an exciting programme of events, and we'll be open for...