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Castletown House

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Address: | Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West, Ireland
Phone Number: 35316288252
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The grandest Palladian-style mansion in Ireland was built in 1722 for...

The grandest Palladian-style mansion in Ireland was built in 1722 for William and Katherine Conolly. Castletown is the first and largest mansion in Ireland and is just 20km from Dublin City Centre and sits on the banks of the River Liffey. The house is open daily for tours Mid March to the 31st October 2015. Guided Tours of the house: Monday to Saturday at 10.15, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Guided Tours on Sundays: at 10.15, 11am and 5pm. Self Guiding Tours of the house between 12pm and 5pm on Sundays. Admission fee to the house see website for prices. FREE admission to the restored 18th century parklands, open daily. For gate opening times see website or signs on site. Extensive events programme which includes: Children's art and craft workshops, free music recitals, parkland tours, evening concerts, 'Family nights' in the Courtyard Café for all this and more refer to website.

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Beautiful house and surrounds

The tours are cheap (approx. 5 - 7euro) and the tour guides are knowledgeable and clear. The house was interesting both from an architectural and historical viewpoint. Even if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tours are cheap (approx. 5 - 7euro) and the tour guides are knowledgeable and clear. The house was interesting both from an architectural and historical viewpoint. Even if you are not interested in architecture or history the House has many other attractions. For example, on the Sunday I visited there was a craft fair, art exhibition, traditional musicians and... More 

2 Thank songaff
Hanlontown, Iowa
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44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We were there late in the day and had the tour guide to ourselves. She was very knowledgable and was happy to answer our questions. In fact, our tour ran over the usual allowed time period. Most of the furnishing are "period", but some are original. The house and grounds were beautiful. The great hall is amazing.

2 Thank Hankfiji
Tralee, Ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Wonderful lady answered the phone and came out to show us the way. Amazingly beautiful house. Interesting tour. Did not disappoint. Lovely grounds. Will do again.

3 Thank healyanna
San Jose, California
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94 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Might want to put this one on your "skip" list if you're not Irish yourself. While potentially socially significant, for a guest I might just read the Wikipedia entry to learn about it, then spend your day somewhere else. A couple of interesting architectural features (the staircase being the most interesting) but in general the tour didn't provide much. Limited... More 

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Celbridge, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I had to wait a long time for service even though it wasn't busy. The staff do not look like they have received proper training.

Thank MikBrad-22
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This was well worth the visit. A really beautiful manor house with an interesting history. Parts of this house were not fully restored and I hope they stay that way. The most interesting part of the tour was seeing different stages of the restoration process. The grounds are also worth a walk around, stunning.

1 Thank Patricia H
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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304 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

As part of a coach party we had a tour of this house with Una. At the start of the tour she told us we could borrow some seats to use if anyone could not stand for long. I took one and found it very useful , if you got tired of carrying it, you could just leave it where... More 

1 Thank wendygp
Donegal Town, Ireland
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

another superb OPW property and visitor experience. Tours were conducted on the hour though not on Sundays. Friendly and helpful staff, Helen was our knowledgeable and interesting guide, I find OPW staff to be of a consistently high standard, they always seem to have a genuine interest, not just putting in a days work. a beautiful house with a fascinating... More 

1 Thank mountainmini
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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233 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Our tour took us on a visit to Casteltown House and I am so glad it did we were greeted in such a friendly manner on arrival and then our Guide Una took us around she was such a lovely lady and her knowledge of the property was amazing I have to say it was the best tour we have... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We toured two castles in Ireland and this was far and away the best. The restoration is done with care and accurate to the period. Our guide was informative. We felt the entrance fee was reasonable, although I can not now remember the fee.

Thank Tom-MN67

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