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
8:00 pm
Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen   **SOLD OUT** 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[...]
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
4:00 pm
FREE FILM SCREENING This Hammer Studios classic from 1958 is close to the letter (and spirit) of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and just the ticket to get you into the mood for Halloween. Meet the infamous count, played[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
Join internationally renowned violinist, Kirill Troussov and critically acclaimed American-based Irish pianist Cathal Breslin for an exciting performance of music by Beethoven, Brahms, Vitali and Tchaikovsky. Tickets:€15 plus booking fee, from Eventbrite.ie. Further enquiries, phone[...]
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
Oct 29 @ 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
4:45 pm
Join our guides after dark to hear some of the spooky and creepy stories associated with Castletown House and its inhabitants…some well-known, some not so well known…..but all terrifying!!! €5 per person, payable at Reception[...]
Castletown House
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
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
Listen to a narration of the much-loved ‘Snowman’, accompanied by its ever popular music on piano. Then, sing along to songs from Disney’s ‘Frozen’. Tickets: Child: €7, Adult €5, Family (2 adults, 3 children) €20,[...]
Stable Wing, Castletown House
12:00 am
With live music and a live crib from Maperath Farm. 12:30 – 1:30 pm  Live music from Bogdan Rusin 2 – 3 pm: Live music from Lucan One Voice Choir  
Stable Wing, Castletown House
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
Join singer Edel Murphy (Riverdance & Celtic Woman) for a very special evening of music! Become enchanted, once again, with the stories and songs that you know and love. Princesses and princes of all ages[...]
Stable Wing, Castletown House
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
8:00 pm
  The `Croi Nua Choir` will present a magical feast of popular and secular music, with solos, duets and ensembles from the world of operatta, opera and the musicals, as well as many seasonal favourites.[...]
Hunting Room
Feb 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
3:00 pm
Gluck’s revolutionary opera Orfeo ed Euridice was a highlight of Galway International Arts Festival 2018 where it had a run of sold out shows. The power of the Orpheus myth lies in its balance between mortality and hope,[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing

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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