Castletown House & Parklands
Castletown House is the most celebrated and magnificent Palladian style mansion in Ireland. The House was built in the 1720’s by William Conolly who was later to become an important political figure in early 18th century Ireland. His architectural legacy, Castletown was re-invigorated in the mid to late 18th Century by his grand nephew Tom and his wife Lady Louisa Lennon. The extraodrinary scale, decoration, plasterwork and collections at Castletown as presented today, continue to bring to life this unqiue period in Irelands history.
Castletown has entered a new era in recent years. The OPW who manage property and parklands are collaborating with a number of orginisations to ensure that a wide public audience can share in the future of Castletown. This list is not exhaustive and includes the Castletown Foundation, OPW/ NUI Maynooth Archive and Research Centre, UCD Architecture and Landscape Research Unit, the Performance Corporation, Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland.
|Address:||Celbridge, Co. Kildare|
|Location:||20km from Dublin on the M4 Galway/Sligo Road. M4 Exit 6 at Celbridge West. Dublin Bus: 67/67A|
|Season:||Parklands are open all year, House is open from Mid March - October|
|Open Times:||Tues-Sun & Bank Hols: 10.00-Last Tour 16.45|
|Tours:||Maximum of 25 people. Duration:1 hour. Available in English with leaflets available|
|Booking Contact:||Claire Hickey|
|Manager:||Office of Public Works|
|Average Visit Length:||1 Hour|
Family €12.50 (2A+3C)
OPW Cards accepted
|Exhibition:||Changes Seasonally, English|
|Restaurant:||"The West Wing at Castletown". Capacity: 80|
|Information Guide:||English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish & Irish|
|Group Booking Necessary:||Yes|
|Disabled Access/Parking:||Yes, access to house restricted to basement and ground floor|
If travelling by car or private bus, the vehicle entrance to Castletown House is located 20km from Dublin on the M4 Galway/Sligo road at the R449 Celbridge West exit from the M4 at exit number 6. There is free parking on site.
If travelling by Dublin Bus; take the 67 or 67a from Dublin Pearse Street to Celbridge and Castletown House is approximately a 15 minute walk from the town through the Castletown Parklands. Please refer to www.dublinbus.ie for bus times.
The guided tour and history of Castletown House is a very important part of local and national Irish History. It is of particular interest to second and third level History. Architectural and History of Art Students. There is a guide book, worksheets, website, visitor leaflets available for students.
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