Castletown House and Parklands
Please click on the following Public Notice for details of restoration works planned for the Parklands at Castletown.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. www.castletown.ie
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 email@example.com
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.
Seasonal Events: Telephone/e-mail Castletown for information on concerts, art exhibtions etc.
Photography/Video allowed: No
Start Date 30 Apr 2013
End Date 30 Jun 2013
Times 10.00 - 18.00
Prelude Speaker: Contemporary Castletown exhibition.
As part of the EU Culture Connects programme the Office of Public Works with the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork present an exhibition of 16 contemporary artists set over three floors of the stunning interior rooms of Castletown House. The exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday 30th April to Sunday 30th June (Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am-6pm, last admission 5pm. Self guided and free admission to view the exhibition. (Guided tours also available - admission fee will apply for guided tour).
Free parking: Exit 6, M4 at Celbridge West
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