Castletown

Castletown House and Parklands

Contact Details

Address:

Celbridge,
Co. Kildare,
W23 V9H3

Tel: +353 (1) 628 8252
Fax: +353 (1) 627 1811

Email: castletown@opw.ie
Website: www.castletown.ie

 

 

Insatgram: @castletownhouse

Opening Hours

2019

Open 1sth March - 15th December  

House

Castletown House will open daily from 1st March to 3rd November 2019 from 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission at 17:00).

From 4th November to 15th December 2019, Castletown will open five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:30 (last admission at 16:45).

You can either take a guided tour or, from April to the end of October, you can choose a self-guiding option and explore the house at your own pace.

For group / school bookings (more than 8 people), please e-mail castletown@opw.ie or call 01 6288252.

Castletown can close at very short notice for Government business. Tours may have limited access if there is an event or private function running in the house.

Parklands:

Open daily. Free admission. 

Gate Opening times are as follows:

Batty Langley Gate (pedestrian access):
07:30 – 21:00 April & September
07:30 – 22:15 May to August
07:30 – 22:00 October to March

Celbridge Avenue Gate (pedestrian access):
07:15 – 21:15 April & September
07:15 – 22:15: May to August
07:15 – 19:45 October to March

M4 Gate (vehicle access):
07:00 – 21:30 April & September
07:00 – 22:30 May to August
07:00 – 20:00 October to March

Enquiries regarding Events and Conferences, Country Markets and Craft Fairs etc.
please email  castletown@opw.ie

Admission Fees

Guided

Adults: €10.00
Senior Citizens: €8.00
Students/Children 12and over: €5.00
Family: €25.00
Groups: 20 adults €8.00

Self Guided

Adults: €8.00
Senior Citizens: €5.00
Students/Children of 12 and over: €3.50
Family: €15.00
Groups: 20 adults €5.00

Facilities

Toilets, toilet for visitors with disabilities, car parking, locker room for large bags.

Card Payment facility

There is wheelchair access on the Ground Floor only .

The Courtyard Café:

Open daily to the 31st of October
10.00 - 17.00

Email castletown@thecaterers.ie 

Tel: +353 (1) 627 9498 

 

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Castletown is the largest and most significant Palladian style country house in Ireland. The house is set amongst beautiful 18th century parklands of Celbridge, Co.Kildare. The house was built c.1722 for the speaker of the Irish House of Commons, William Conolly (1662- 1729) the designs of a number of important architects were used, notably Alessandro Gailiei, Sir Edward Lovett Pearce and later Sir William Chambers. The entire estate was sold by the Conolly-Carew family in 1965 to a property developer and in 1967 the house and some parkland were purchased by the Hon. Desmond Guinness. Both Mr Guinness and subsequently the Castletown Foundation, who acquired the house in 1979, devoted considerable effort and resources to maintaining the house and restoring the principal rooms to a high standard. Castletown was transferred to state care on 1 January 1994.

Location:

20km from centre of Dublin on N4/M4.

For vehicle access please take the N4/M4, Sligo Road and take the Celbridge West exit 6, R449. The avenue from Celbridge is for pedestrian/bicycle access only.

GPS/SAT NAV: Latitude 53.355 Longitude 6.31

Bus route: 67 from Merrion Square to Main Street Celbridge and a 10 - 15 minute walk through the parklands. For bus times please check Dublin Bus website www.dublinbus.ie

Leaflet/Guide Book: Available in English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Polish and Spanish translation.

Castletown Visitor Guide English (PDF)

Castletown Visitor Guide Italian (PDF)

Castletown Visitor Guide Spanish (PDF)

Castletown Visitor Guide Polish (PDF)

Castletown Visitor Guide Chinese(PDF)

Seasonal Events: Telephone/email Castletown for information on concerts, art exhibtions, etc.

Photography/Video allowed: No