Free entry to Castletown House with the Dublin Pass

Castletown House

Dublin Pass Benefits:

Free entry to Castletown House with the Dublin Pass
Normal Price: Adult: €7.00 ; Child: €3.00

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 Irelands most impressive buildings and is a must-see on your trip to Ireland if you appreciate a bit of history and culture.

Highlights:

  • Renaissance style façade
  • Palladian style wings
  • Grand 18th style renovated rooms and interiors

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 son of a local innkeeper, who then rose to be one of the most 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 seventeenth century rosewood cabinet.

The Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection

Discover this unique collection of 18th and 19th century costumes, toys and dolls collected by Countess Ann Griffin Bernstoff. It’s a fascinating exhibition to learn about the evolution of dress and toys and a great way to get your kids involved in history. 

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

14th March - 31st October - 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: 16.00

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Address:

Celbridge, , Co. Kildare,

Telephone:

+353 1 628 8252

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