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Castletown House & Parklands

Castletown House & Parklands

Celbridge, Co. Kildare, V23V9H3

Contact: Pauline Kennedy, Sandra Murphy
+353 1 6288252

  • Public Guided Tours
  • Guided Group Tours
  • Private Group Tours
  • Coach Parking Onsite
  • Coach Drop Off Area
  • Coach Pick Up Area
  • Car Parking
  • Self Guided Interpretation
  • Guided Tours
  • Shop
  • Cafe
  • Conference Facilities
  • Corporate Meeting Facilities
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • English

Castletown is the earliest and largest Palladian style mansion in Ireland and is just 20km from Dublin City in the Liffey Valley.
It was built for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons in the 1720s. The design was influenced by a number of important architects of the time, including Alessandro Galilei and Edward Lovett Pearce. The early eighteenth century house was then ‘modernised’ by Thomas and Lady Louisa Conolly in the 1760s.

By 1965, the Conolly family, unable to afford the necessary repairs required for the house, sold the estate to a property developer. Two years later, the Hon. Desmond Guinness purchased the house with 120 acres of land to save it for posterity, and in 1967 it became the first house in Leinster to be opened to the public. The restoration of Castletown began under the Irish Georgian Society and was followed by the Castletown Foundation, established to take over the ownership and management of the house. However, the maintenance of the house presented a difficult challenge and following negotiations, the OPW accepted the property on behalf of the State in 1994. Over the following decades, the OPW has implemented an ongoing programme of repair and conservation to ensure that Castletown continues to be enjoyed by all for years to come.

Castletown House is open daily for tours Mid-March to November, access to the house is by guided or self-guided tour. FREE admission to the restored 18th century parklands, open daily throughout the year.