n the interest of public safety Castletown will be closed today due to severe weather from Storm Deirdre.

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.

Winter Opening

We have extended our opening this season until 16 December.

In November and December, Castletown House can be visited by guided tour only from Wednesdays to Sundays.

For tour times and to book your ticket online, please click here.

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!

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[...]
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 – 10:00 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
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

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.

Books About Castletown

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Christmas at Castletown

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The Collection at Castletown: Treasures Lost and Found

Castletown, in the words of Kevin B. Nowlan, former Professor of Modern History, is an Italian palace set on the banks of the River Liffey. At the time it was built, contemporary commentators expected it to be no less than ‘the epitome of the Kingdom, and all the...

Castletown House

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