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Castletown House and Parklands

Ireland’s first and finest Palladian mansion


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Castletown House and Parklands

Ireland’s first and finest Palladian mansion


See all opening times


The pleasure Garden and Biodiversity Trail are open daily  10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:30)

Adults: €3.00., Senior: €2.00,  Children (3yrs+) and Students: €2.00, Family €10.00, Summer Pass €40.00

Guided (House):-
Adults: €10.00
Senior Citizens: €8.00
Students/Children 12+: €5.00
Family: €25.00

Tour tickets can be bought onsite at visitor reception beside the café,

Tour tickets can be purchased onsite at visitor reception beside the café,



Getting here

Co. Kildare
W23 V9H3

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Castletown House and Parklands

Castletown is set amongst beautiful eighteenth-century parklands on the banks of the Liffey in Celbridge, County Kildare.

The house was built around 1722 for the speaker of the Irish House of Commons, William Conolly, to designs by several renowned architects. It was intended to reflect Conolly’s power and to serve as a venue for political entertaining on a grand scale. At the time Castletown was built, commentators expected it to be ‘the epitome of the Kingdom, and all the rarities she can afford’.

The estate flourished under William Conolly’s great-nephew Thomas and his wife, Lady Louisa, who devoted much of her life to improving her home.

Today, Castletown is home to a significant collection of paintings, furnishings and objets d’art. Highlights include three eighteenth-century Murano-glass chandeliers and the only fully intact eighteenth-century print room in the country.

It is still the most splendid Palladian-style country house in Ireland.

Opening Times


Open 7 days, all year

Gate Opening times are as follows:

Batty Langley Gate (pedestrian access):

07:30 – 21:00 April & September | 07:30 – 22:15 May – August | 07:30 – 22:00 October – March.

Celbridge Avenue Gate (pedestrian access):

07:15 – 21:15 April & September | 07:15 – 22:15: May – August | 07:15 – 19:45 October – March

M4 Gate (vehicle access):

07:00 – 21:30 April & September | 07:00 – 22:30 May – August | 07:00 – 20:00 October – March


17 March   – 5 November 2023 


For group / school bookings (more than 8 people), please e-mail or call 01 6288252.

Castletown can close at very short notice for Government business. Tours may have limited access if there is an event or private function running in the house.

For enquiries about Events and Conferences, Country Markets and Craft Fairs etc. please email


Co. Kildare
W23 V9H3

01 628 8252

Getting Here

20km from centre of Dublin on N4/M4.

For vehicle access please take the N4/M4, Sligo Road and take the Celbridge West exit 6, R449. The avenue from Celbridge is for pedestrian/bicycle access only.

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  • Baby Changing
  • Bike Trail
  • Brochure
  • Café
  • Car park
  • Exhibition
  • Gift Shop
  • Lift
  • Picnic Area
  • River Walk
  • Toilets
  • Walking trails
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
  • WiFi


  • Dogs on lead
  • Hold hand rail
  • Stay back from edge
  • Uneven walkways


Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Castletown House and Parklands. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Castletown House and Parklands.

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