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
About
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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  • Bozeman-Dublin
    Trim, Ireland8,836 contributions
    Sumptuous House with Beautiful Grounds
    I really enjoyed my self guided tour of the splendid interior of Castletown House. The OPW provide a free guide you can download and use as you walk around. Only the ground floor is open for tours but the drawing room, print room and dining room in particular are just resplendent Gorgeous period furnishings and artwork abound and the staff are on hand too to answer any questions. They were so welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. It is free to enter for the rest of 2020 but you must book ahead. I think it's well worth a visit irrespective of whether a fee is charged or not. The grounds are beautiful and if you get decent weather there are loads of walks you can do. It has a plenty of parking, a cafe and toilets but Celbridge town is only a tennish minute walk away if you want a choice of eateries and shops. Just a lovely, lovely place ideal for families; children and adults alike
    Good morning, thank you for taking the time to leave this great review. We appreciate all your feedback and will be sure to pass it onto our staff. We hope to see you again soon.
    Written 14 January 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2020
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 September 2020
  • Steve
    London, United Kingdom13 contributions
    The most magnificent house in Ireland
    Castletown House was created by Speaker William Connolly and was the creation of his nephew Tom Connolly and his wife Louisa who was one of the famous Lennox sisters (as dramatized in the 1999 BBC adaptation 'The Aristrocrats'). Saved by Desmond Guiness and the Castletown Foundation it is now in the care of Office of Public Works. The largest and grandest house in Ireland the interiors are out of this world. The tour guide is excellent and will tell you in detail the fascinating story of the house family and collections. Often you get guides who are not very good but every time I visit these guides are excellent. Go when it is quieter to fully appreciate it.The best collection you ever see of Irish furniture and fortunately many of the original contents are on display as well. You can do guided tour or self guide. I often do both but if you self guide make sure have guide book with you as there is no information in the rooms.
    Hello Stephen. Thank you for taking the time to leave this great review. I will be sure to pass on your compliments to our guiding team. Hope to see you again soon.
    Written 11 March 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2020
    Written 7 March 2020
  • Liam
    Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
    Brilliant tour
    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
    Visited June 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 June 2022
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jimmy w
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
What a house & parkland maintained by our OPW , used extensively by the locals and visitors alike and needs to be preserved & developed in tandem with the needs of its communities
Written 30 September 2023
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CW2807
London, UK3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
From Alma, 10 years old:
We got a tour in Castletown building by a nice woman named Celine. She was just so nice and kind. She was super friendly towards me and my sister, Fia, who is 7 year old. I would like to thank Celine because she was so nice, kind, friendly, helpful and happy. Any questions we had she answered. Thank you very much. We had a great day😊
Written 17 September 2023
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jjwmckeown
Aughnacloy, UK66 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a fantastic example of the history of the local area. Beautiful Palladian architecture. Lots of wonderful artefacts on display, highlighting the religious, political & cultural life of the local area. I would recommend to friends. The tour guide gave a great tour.
Written 7 September 2023
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Daniel O
La Jolla, CA4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very good guide Sarah, informative and interesting. I thought the admission was a little bit pricey and the signage re the starting point for the tour could be more prominent, no need to be so secretive about it 😀.
Written 29 August 2023
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Derek C
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Aug 2023 • Family
Visited today myself with my partner and 17 month old daughter, had the guided tour at 4pm. The lady tour guide was one of the rudest and obnoxious people I have ever encountered. My daughter wanted to keep moving and looking around so my partner tried to oblige in order to keep her satisfied and quiet so that the tour was not disturbed. We had only gotten into the 2nd room of the tour and the lady tour guide TOLD US that she was "having someone come to take us off the tour" she also told us to move into an adjacent room and not move until this other person came to get us. All of the above was said in a snarky manner and in front of the entire tour group who were visibly uneasy at how she spoke to us. She then proceeded to tell us that we would have been advised that our daughter was far to young for the tour (which was not true, nobody mentioned this to us) which was irrelevant as our daughter was not screaming, crying, or anything else other than encouraging both her mammy and daddy to keep moving so she could look at all of the art work. When we were escorted out by a lady that was very kind, we Informed her of what had happened which is all we could do. We also told her the only reason we didn't go through this tour guide for a shortcut was purely to save any discomfort to the people on the tour, which was a courtesy the guide herself didn't seem interested in giving. This lady should be ashamed of herself and absolutely should not be giving guided tours with such a sour attitude. I'll add one other note and that is this... at the beginning of the tour she was also rude to a young boy of about 8 that asked what she viewed to be a silly question and then said (anyone can ask questions except for you) gesturing the child, granted this may have been in gest bit the child was still visibly awkward after the interaction as her manner was so cold and abrasive. I truly hope this is addressed because it absolutely ruined a tour we were very much looking forward to. We've had our daughter at Malahide Castle for a tour recently and the staff were so engaging and wonderful. I strongly suggest taking a leaf from their book. Everyone else we encountered that worked there was lovely by the way. Just this particular lady was rude enough to ruin your day.
Written 12 August 2023
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Dear 60derekc. We are sorry that you were unhappy with your visit to Castletown House. The day of your visit was free admittance because of Heritage Week. Another person acquired your tickets on your behalf, when they received the child ticket they were advised that the general house tour can be difficult for very young children as they get bored very easily walking through museum rooms. At the start of the tour, all visitors are advised that they must remain together and with the guide at all times. This is to protect both our important collections and to ensure the safety of our visitors. A member of your party was moving ahead into other rooms to look at the artworks, therefore the guide could not see you. The guide who came to bring you off the tour offered to show you around the house separately to the group, but you declined. As your tickets were free we could not offer you a refund so in lieu of refund, you were offered a complimentary tour on another day which you declined. You received free admittance to our Fairy Trail, and children’s play area. We expressed regret for your bad experience on the day. We addressed this incident, in real time and regret that you do not feel satisfied and felt the need to post on TripAdvisor.
Written 28 August 2023
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Gerryf
Celbridge, Ireland20 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Fabulous amenity in celbridge great with young kids with plenty of trails for them to discover. Great on last Sunday of the month with the market offering different types of delicious food to eat on the go
Written 3 August 2023
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Beverly D
1 contribution
Jul 2023
we are an afterschool group and have sent a mixed age group of children several times to do the guided tour. They have really enjoyed this, it is interactive, they allow them to dress up in the clothes and are wonderful at answering all the children's questions. After the tour the children get to play in the extensive grounds and have a treat in the very well run coffee shop. Overall the experience was amazing and the children got to spend the whole day there. The staff are efficient and it was so easy to book. Would highly recommend castletown house for a tour and a day out.
Written 25 July 2023
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Teresa C
106 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Revisiting this splendid Palladian country house and extensive ground. The house is restored over a long period time. A great place for a stroll.
Written 15 July 2023
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Pauline K
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
Many thanks to Louise and Catherine for a fabulous, highly entertaining and knowledgeable tour of Castletown House recently. So many treasures to see and fascinating stories to hear from expert guides who love Castletown. Brigid and Pauline
Written 22 June 2023
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Teresa C
106 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
One of our friend loves the extensive and well maintained ground in Castletown. She decided to choose to be the venue of her round birthday celebration. A Huge thank you to the staff in brambles cafe for making her day so beautiful and a enjoyable outing for all of us.
Written 26 February 2023
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