Castletown, as Ireland’s first and largest Palladian style house, is an important part of Ireland’s architectural heritage. Marvel at the magnificent building and take time to explore the 18th century parklands.
Erected between 1722 and c.1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, Castletown House was designed to reflect its owners power and to serve as a venue for political entertaining on a large scale.
Guided and self-guided tours of the house are available and there are lots of family friendly events throughout the year.
The recently restored eighteenth-century designed parklands and river walks are open every day throughout the year. There is no admission fee to walk and explore the parklands. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead and are not allowed in the lake, as there is wildlife nesting.
A local secret: Castletown House’s Biodiversity Garden is the perfect place to bring children. With a fun and educational fairy trail, play area and lots to explore, it will captivate young and not-so-young visitors!