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Castletown House and Parklands

Contact Details

Address: Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

Telephone Number: +353 1 628 8252
Fax Number: +353 1 627 1811
Email: castletown@opw.ie
Website: www.castletown.ie

Please click on the following Public Notice for details of restoration works planned for the Parklands at Castletown.

Opening Hours

Open 15th March - 31st October

Tours: Tuesday to Sunday

Closed on Mondays except on Bank Holiday. 

Opening Times 10.00am - 18.00. Last admission for tours of the house 16.45

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.

Average length of visit: 1 hour.

Parklands - open daily. 8am-8pm.

The Courtyard Café and West Wing exhibition space at Castletown House will open through the winter from
Thursday - Sunday inc. 10am - 4pm from Thursday 1st November to Sunday 10th March 2013.
Why not drop in to see us for a light lunch or coffee n scone.

The main house will re-open for guided tours on Friday 15th March 2013.

For enquiries re our Events & Conference Centre, Winter Lecture Series and Christmas Market
on 2nd December contact 01 6288252 or castletown@opw.ie. www.castletown.ie

Admission Fees

Adults : €4.50
Senior Citizens/Students/Children of 5 & over: €3.50
Family : €12.50
Groups : 20 adults €3.50 each


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

There is presently no wheelchair access to museum rooms at Castletown House.

Restaurant: The Restaurant at the West Wing, Castletown .

Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, Open 10am - 5 pm


For more information or restaurant reservations/bookings please telephone 01-627 9498 or e-mail tara@thecaterers.ie



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: Dublin bus, pedestrian access: 67/67A from Pearse Street, Dublin. The House is a 10-15 minute walk from the bus stop in Celbridge village along the lime avenue of the parkland. For bus times please check Dublin Bus website www.dublinbus.ie

Guided Tours: Access by guided tour only.
Max number: 20.
Duration: approx 45 mins/1 hour.

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

Castletown Visitor Guide English

Castletown Visitor Guide Gaeilge  

Castletown Visitor Guide Italian 

Castletown Visitor Guide Spanish 

Castletown Visitor Guide Polish 

Castletown Visitor Guide Chinese

Seasonal Events: Telephone/e-mail Castletown for information on concerts, art exhibtions etc.

Photography/Video allowed: No

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