Opening Hours and Tickets

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 is open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm).

March 1st – March 31st:
Access by Guided Tour only.
Tour Times: 10.15, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 16.45

April 1st – November 3rd:
Guided Tours at: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Self – Guided Tours: 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm)

For group / school bookings (more than 8 people), please e-mail

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 & Self Guided Tours!

Castletown Experience now open!

Open from 10am to 5pm every day until the end of August and weekends in September, The Castletown Experience is the perfect place to entertain children during the summer holidays.
Come and see ‘Tales from the Attic’, the vintage dollhouse and toy exhibition, Maperath Pet Farm at weekends, our play area, fairy wood and playroom.

Adults: €6
Seniors: €4
Student / Child (over 3 yrs): €3
Family: €18

Or you can buy a Family Summer Pass which allows unlimited access to the Garden and Castletown Experience for the 2019 season for €40.

Tickets available from Castletown House reception (just inside the house front door) or from the ticket office in the West (cafe) courtyard.

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.

Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Kildare’s Heritage Buildings Show: a weekend of traditional building skills demonstrations and conservation talks for everyone interested in period buildings, architectural conservation and traditional building skills. Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2019 (10am to[...]
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
A late starter, Sean began playing the piano seriously at 23. he has won several first prizes and awards in national competitions. Building a growing following in recent years, Sean is returning to Castletown with[...]
Entrance Hall
Jun 22 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
3:30 pm
Join dancer Joan Pereira for a Bollywood style Bride and Prejudice dance lesson in the colonnades. Free event, no booking necessary
6:00 pm
Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s notorious heroine. When Elizabeth meets the terse and abrupt Mr. Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is[...]
Back Lawns
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
  Our ever popular Country Market and Craft Fairs continue in the Stable Wing and Courtyard with music from Asgards Trad Trio from 2pm.
Stable Wing, Castletown House
6:00 pm
SWING INTO SUMMER! Back by popular demand after the band’s highly acclaimed sell out concert at Castletown in 2018 –  the boys are back in town!  From The Rolling Stones to Bruno Mars, Paolo Nutini[...]
Back Lawns
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
The Walshaw Trio: Nathalie Mérandon (Flute): was born in Cluses, Haute-Savoie. She studied music at the Conservatory of Music in Grenoble, then at the High School of Music for professionals in Geneva. She then attended[...]
Entrance Hall

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.

Movie Magic at Castletown

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 – A New Season

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...

Valentines Competition

This competition has now closed. Thanks to all who entered. A winner will be selected today. Check here later to see if you have won! Win a Romantic Break for 2 This great prize brought to you by the OPW and Irish Landmark includes: 2 Nights self catering...