Free entry to Castletown House with the Dublin Pass

Castletown House

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Dublin Pass Benefits:

Free entry to Castletown House with the Dublin Pass
Normal Price: Adult: €8.00 ; Child: €3.50

Castletown House is Ireland’s first and finest Palladian style house built in the 1720s for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. Designed by Italian architect, Gallilei and Irish architect Lovett Pearce, it’s one of Ireland's most impressive buildings and is a must-see on your trip to Ireland if you appreciate a bit of history and culture.

Highlights:

  • An architectural gem, built in the Italianate Palace style with lavish and extraordinary interior decoration including:
    Double height Entrance Hall, with extraordinary plasterwork by the renowned stuccodore Filipo Lafrancini.
    A stunning collection of Irish and European furniture, decorative and visual arts.
  • Lady Louisa’s exquisite Long Gallery, with its breath-taking Venetian chandeliers and wall decorations inspired by publications on the excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum and by Raphael’s designs for the Vatican.
  • 120 acres of restored 18th-century parkland complete with meadows, waterways, a classical temple and a gothic lodge.

Did you know

- Castletown House is Ireland’s first and largest Palladian style house

- William Conolly, for whom the house was made, started off in humble beginnings, as the son of a local innkeeper, who then rose to be one of the wealthiest and powerful men in Ireland

- Despite many vandalisms of the house when it fell to disrepair after the sale of the house in the 1960s, the original chimney pieces remain

Things to see:

Entrance Hall

One of the finest areas in Castletown, the entrance hall is breath-taking in its style. Two storeys tall, the hall immediately evokes the grandeur present throughout the house. Despite its role as the central atrium of the house, it was filled with furniture and was later used as a reception room thanks to the impressive first impression it gave with its polished chequered limestone floor and marble fireplace.

William Conolly’s State Bedroom

Based on the French style at the Palace of Versailles, Conolly wanted his bedroom suites designed for both repose and entertainment with a series of interconnecting rooms allowing him to receive guests as well as retire in private. Although the room was turned into a library in the 19th century, it has since been restored to its original use. Visitors will be able to see 18th-century Venetian chairs as well as a Flemish 17th-century rosewood cabinet.

How to get there:

    Bus: Number 67 from Merrion Square, Dublin to Celbridge Village, (10 min walk to house through parklands)
    Car: Exit 6 from N4/M4 at Celbridge West

see the: full list of attractions included

5th March - 16th December - Guided tours on the hour
Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Last Admission: 17.00

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Address:

Celbridge, , Co. Kildare,

Telephone:

+353 1 628 8252