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.

Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Art of the Miniature 16th March to 5th November Print Room, Ground Floor Admission to the exhibition is included in your ticket to the house. A remarkably generous donation of eighteenth-century miniatures to the Irish[...]
Print Room, Ground Floor, Castletown House
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Hello Dolly! 10th April to 5th November The Nursery, Second Floor Admission to the exhibition is included in your ticket to the house. Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick. So she[...]
The Nursery, Second Floor, Castletown House
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Women of Fashion 10th April to 5th November Lady Kildare’s Room, First Floor Admission to the exhibition is included in your ticket to the house. Women of Fashion comprises five eighteenth-century women’s court gowns from[...]
Lady Kildare's Room, First Floor
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
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
Guided Tour admission fees apply – click here for more on ticket prices and opening times. This Bank Holiday Monday join our team for an ‘Eggs-tra Special Family Tour’ of Castletown House. The tour will[...]
Main House
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
Easter Monday, 17th April 2pm, doors open at 1.45pm. FREE Admission, limited seating. Highly Strung, an ensemble of violin, harp, flute and voice, returns to Castletown this Easter Monday for a FREE recital in the[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing, Castletown House
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
An interactive workshop, exploring the basic elements of music, using song, percussion and movement. Suitable for 5-12 year-olds.  
Billiards Room, Stable Wing
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
After the hugely successful Antiques Fair in 2016, come and meet over 20 Irish Antique Dealers at this very special event and buy with confidence the finest art, furniture, silver, jewellery, clocks, glassware, objets d’art,[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Our monthly market and craft fair continues with a variety of crafts, seasonal goods and food with live music from the St. Mary’s Brass and Reed Band, Kingscourt at 2pm.   Market and Music in[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Our monthly market and craft fair continues with a variety of crafts, seasonal goods and food with live music from the St. Mary’s Brass and Reed Band, Kingscourt at 2pm.   Market and Music in[...]
Stable Wing and Courtyard
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
8:00 pm
Back due to popular demand! A floral demonstration from award-winning florist and designer, Lorcan Burke of Absolutely FABulous Flowers. Tickets €12.50 (Includes booking fee and raffle ticket to win one of his amazing creations on[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
8:00 pm
8pm, doors open 7.30pm. Unreserved seating. Created in 2015 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth. Glynis Casson and Daniel Costello tell the story of W.B. Yeats’ life and all the women who supported[...]
Dining Room, Main House
May 14 @ 4:45 am – 6:00 am
4:45 am
4.45am – Starting at the Car Park. FREE. Places limited. Advance booking required. E-mail: castletownevents@opw.ie or Telephone +353 1 6288252 to apply for tickets. The OPW, in association with the Kildare branch of Birdwatch Ireland,[...]
Car Park
May 14 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
3:30 pm
3.30pm, doors open at 3pm. Unreserved seating. Don’t miss soprano Sandra Oman, baritone Simon Morgan and David Wray, piano, in an unforgettable tribute to Silver Screen Icons of the ‘30s and ‘40s, Jeanette MacDonald and[...]
Hunting Room, Stable Wing, Castletown House
May 20 @ 10:00 am – May 21 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
The Abbey Art Group are local artists from Celbridge who were founded in 1982. The artists work in a variety of mediums The group will have fifty paintings on display, Saturday 20th and 21st May[...]
The Coach House
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
National Drawing Day takes place on Saturday 20th May 11-1 and 2-4pm, in the Stable Wing of Castletown House. FREE – no booking required. The OPW, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland and Kildare County[...]
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.

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...

August Newsletter

August is shaping up to be the busiest month of the summer here at Castletown! August is the month for National Heritage Week, which takes place from the 18th to the 26th. The theme this year is 'Sharing Stories', and we have a number of interesting talks and...

Exhibitions in 2018

My Friend Picasso: 125 Photographs by Edward Quinn 14 May – 2 September 2018 Gallery, Second Floor, Castletown House Admission to the exhibition is included in your ticket to the house. Discover the world of one of the greatest modern painters – Pablo Picasso –...

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