Castletown House

Castletown is the largest and most significant Palladian style country house in Ireland.

Location

Celbridge, Co Kildare

History

Castletown is the largest and most significant Palladian style country house in Ireland . Built c.1722 for the speaker of the Irish House of Commons, William Conolly (1622- 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.

Admission

Adult EUR 3.80 Child EUR 1.50 Student EUR 1.50 Senior EUR 2.50 Family EUR 9.50 Group EUR 2.50

Information

Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes

Opening Times

November Sun and per booked groups 13:00-17:00
October Mon - Fri 10:00-17:00
October Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 13:00-17:00
Easter - September Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 13:00-18:00
Easter - September Mon - Fri 10:00-18:00
Last admission 1 hour before closing.

Visit Length

1hr

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

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