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“Great playground and ample space for picnic”
Review of Ardgillan Castle

Ardgillan Castle
Ranked #150 of 672 things to do in County Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is Ireland's hidden gem. Set in spectacular parklands overlooking the Irish Sea with a magnificent view of the Mourne Mountains. As well as the castle, the demesne features a walled and rose garden both of which present an orderly profusion of colour. Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is situated in North County Dublin on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries,32 kilometers north of Dublin City. The demesne is well signposted off the M1. The park consists of 194 acres of rolling open grassland, mixed woodland and gardens, overlooking the Irish Sea with views of Mourne Mountains to the north and Lambay to the south-east. Ardgillan is a sanctuary for many species of animals, mammals and birds for which the wooded areas provide a safe retreat from surrounding agricultural land. Today the demesne is a stunning visitor attraction with a range of facilities the public can avail of, including castle tours, theatre events, afternoon tea, children's parties plus much more!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Visited this with family, great playground for all ages, plenty of space and lots of different things to try. Toilets could defo do with being checked more often and bins beside seating area could have been thought out better with the amount of wasps about!

Tea rooms nice but pricey and again toilets could be better maintained.

Overall all though, a really good inexpensive day to spend with children if you bring a picnic and get the sun!

Thank Ingridedoylehand
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Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

Visited here and although we didnt visit the castle itself- we thoroughly enjoyed the excellent facilities. Playground has something for all ages.. Plenty of open spaces for ballgames + trees for exploring. Picnic tables are provided also.. BEWARE of tuckshop beside playgound - €1.80 for a can of coke :(
What a ripoff !!! Otherwise a great day out...

2  Thank r4reilly
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We spent a delightful afternoon in the grounds of Ardgillan Castle. Beautiful place and, most importantly, it's not too crowded. The playground is fantastic, and the views over the water are just lovely. There's a coffee shop but we brought a picnic. We didn't go into the castle or use the hollistic centre though, so I can't comment on those.

Thank LondonEv
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

For a major park not dog friendly at all. Been to other places where outdoor tables and parasols provided. No excuse here just small thinking.

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I very seldom bother to review places like this but with this one I will make an exception.

One approaches through gates leading to a roundabout, straight in front is a road with an ‘Authorised Vehicles Only’ barrier and a large sign to a car park. The house is then down (and subsequently back up ) a sharpish hill of about a half mile, not too bad unless you have a knee with little cartilage. At the bottom of the hill is, would you believe it, a car park! On enquiring why there were no signs to it I was told ‘Oh, there are, just drive down the hill’. Yea right, straight through the barrier! To collect the wife I did just that and NO, there were no signs, I checked.

The house and café are both open until 6pm so arriving as we did at 4:15 we were looking forward to the guided tour, no such luck. Because they had ‘been rushed of our feet’ the guide(s?) decided to call it a day and all go home some time earlier, so no tour. I was told, ‘you can have a look around if you like, no charge’ which I thought would be second best unfortunately the ‘look around’ consisted of four empty rooms and on enquiring if that was it, I was told ‘oh you can’t go around the castle without a guide!’ So why bother to say ‘no charge’ for me to see empty rooms, I would have been even more hacked off had there actually been a charge!!

The setting is stunning and I am sure the house/castle would be well worth a visit, if you manage to get in, my advice would be to ring in-advance and check to see if the guide(s?) are not too exhausted to stay on duty until the place closes.

1  Thank FoodieOswestry
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