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Castletown House

Category: Families, Outdoors, Nature/Wildlife, Sightseeing

Type: Castles, Historic Homes & Sites, Forest & Woodland, Parks & Gardens, Visitor Centres, Tours

Co Kildare
Tel: +353 1 628 8252

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Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house

Castletown House

Castletown is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house. Built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland. The façade was almost certainly designed by the Italian architect, Alessandro Galilei, while the Irish architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce added the wings.

In 1994 the house with the exception of the contents, was transferred to State care and it is now managed by the Office of Public Works and this paved the way for a major programme of restoration and conservation work of the house and demesne lands.

Through restoration, conservation, acquisition of parkland and development of visitor facilities, the long term objective is to preserve for future generations one of the most important houses in Ireland and one of significance in terms of European architectural heritage.

Opening Time:

Park open year round. House open 16th March - end October. Access to the house is by guided tour only. Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10am with the last admission to the house at 4.45pm

Admission Charge:

Estate is free entry. House Adults €4.50; OAPs/Students €3.50; Family €12.50; Groups (20+) €3.50
Castletown House - Celbridge County Kildare Ireland
Castletown House - Celbridge County Kildare Ireland
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M4 Exit 6 at Celbridge West.

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