Castletown House
Castletown House
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
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10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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Castletown is the first and largest Palladian style mansion in Ireland and is just 20km from Dublin City Centre and sits on the banks of the River Liffey. The house is open daily for tours Mid March to the 4th November 2018, access to the house is by guided or self-guided tour. For tour times and admission charges see website. FREE admission to the restored 18th century parklands, open daily throughout the year. For gate opening times see website or refer to the signs on the site. Extensive events programme which includes: Children's art and craft workshops, music recitals, parkland tours, evening concerts, 'Family nights' in the Courtyard Cafe for all this and more refer to website.
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK560 contributions
Regular guided tours are available and are excellent. I ended up being the only visitor on my tour given by Pauline who was a brilliant guide and obviously loved the house.

The place is huge and the tour took around 90 minutes, although I did ask a lot of questions. This gorgeous house was in danger of demolition in the 1960s but rescued by the Irish Georgian Society and Lord Iveagh who managed to buy most of the contents. The place has been beautifully restored and laid out as it was in the eighteenth century with stunning plasterwork. The stories about the family who lived there are fascinating as Lady Louisa was one of the famous Lennox sisters.

The cafe is very good and they made me a great toastie despite it nearly being closing time. There are toilets and a shop by the ticket office inside the house.
Written 4 September 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,573 contributions
Family
Myself and family enjoyed am absolutely superb guided tour of Castletown House.
The grounds can be visited for free but at the moment the house is by guided tour.
The guide was excellent; so knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
It's a beautiful house, lovingly restored and tended to. The ballroom was a particular highlight with it's amazing chandeliers and we loved the ornate dining room and bedroom.
The tour took about 80 minutes or so, we enjoyed it immensely.
A special word of thanks to the staff who did everything they could to add to the experience for my elderly parents with someone there to bring them up and down levels in the lift and providing portable seats for them to sit on snd enjoy the guided tour.
A brilliant experience.
Written 28 July 2022
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Christy_Luv2
Gorey, Ireland1,907 contributions
This house is one of the best historic houses in Ireland at present. Recently renovated, the Guides are really passionate about the house and our tour was fabulous. Our group was split into two groups and plenty of time allocated to each room and many questions answered. Hard to believe all those years ago, it was a family home! A young 15 year old took it under her wing, following her marriage and her additions to the house are fabulous! She has to be commended. Paintings of the family over the years litter the house. Very many congrats extended to OPW for the renovations and it's lovely that it is now shared with the public. Well recommended.. Thank You.
Written 20 July 2022
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Liam
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
Friends
This morning in Glorious sunshine we visited Castletown House in Celbridge Co Kildare for our July monthly tour which was hosted by a lovely lady by the name of Anne Nolan who is a font of knowledge on the history of the house and surrounding countryside. She was a most gracious host and her enthusiasm and passion on Castletown was admirable.
We were brought through the house and had all the artwork, period furniture, the functionality of the house explained to us. The story of the history of the owners and their families was told to us in detail.
We then adjourned for coffee in the lovely cafe and then toured the gardens and grounds. Anne Nolan then rejoined us to give us a tour of the stables and a history of the various horse drawn vehicles.
The Gentlemen of our shed expressed their gratitude to Anne for her tour. and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I would not hesitate to recommend this venue for a day out.

Liam Edwards
Written 23 June 2022
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Ellie W
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Friends
The grounds are beautiful and great for if you are looking to do lots of walking in nature and on paths. The front of Castletown House is currently under renovation (May 2022) and our tour guide said it may be months until it’s finished. We started the tour from the back of the house instead of walking through the front. Our guide was great! Very beautiful house on the inside and worth the tour. You can buy tickets on site.
Written 15 May 2022
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Siobhan m nolan
Carlow, Ireland24 contributions
Friends
What a lovely house and gardens to see
Lots of history connecting leixlip and celbridge
Beautiful walks around the estate and down the avenue
Well recommend
Written 24 April 2022
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kmmh58
Newbridge, Ireland641 contributions
We have been coming to Castletown House for a number of years. However, this Good Friday we took the time to do the Liffey Walk and discovered there is so much more to offer on the grounds of Castletown House. I recorded a video which is now on YouTube (Our Irish Family) of our family exploring Castletown House if you are interested. Honestly, this place is accessible, lots of nooks for kids to explore and they have a coffee shop/restaurant, and toilets here too.
Written 22 April 2022
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland2,537 contributions
Family
The oldest and largest Palladian country house in Ireland makes for a wonderful visit. There are 2 pedestrian gate entrances (one is from Celbridge Main Street), but the main car entrance is located just off junction 6 of the M4. The car park large though has a lot of potholes. From the car park it is a short walk to the house.

The guided tours are every hour on the hour and cost €10 for an adult. No need to pre book, we just showed up. In fact we were tut only 2 people on our tour that lasted 45 mins.

The interior of the house is without doubt the highlight. Spread over 2 floors there is loads to see and admire, including dining rooms, grand halls and bedrooms.

Outside the house is large parkland which you can walk around for free.
Written 16 April 2022
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franko hanlon
Celbridge, Ireland19 contributions
well worth a visit............pity no car park to front entrance to house............car park to rear, bit hard to find....................no soft train running up and down front avenue or side avenue ..woould be super for young and old................poor show OPW..........................
Written 12 November 2021
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK4,962 contributions
Family
This is a stunning large country house within a huge and attractive estate on the outskirts of Cellbridge. It is very popular with visitors and locals alike. The house is huge and imposing and the grounds are filled with mature trees and enjoys superb views.
Written 10 November 2021
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