Ardgillan Castle and Demesne, County Dublin

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Garden Castle
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

Tea Rooms (wheelchair accessible) and Playground Shop

State-of-the-art Children's Playground

Children's Parties (Historically themed)

Magnificent Gardens

Garden Tours (Pre-booked)

Spectacular Cycle and Walking Paths

Medieval Stocks and Tudor stand-ins

Art Exhibitions

Civil Wedding Ceremonies

Room Hire, Conference and Workshop Space

Picnic Areas

Public Toilets

Expansive Wide Open Spaces.

Free Car Parks

The main car park is located close to the demesne entrance at “Blackhills”, while a second car and coach park, adjacent to the castle is open for castle visitors from Monday to Saturday and for restricted use on Sundays and Public Holidays.



The gardens are in three main parts, the formal Rose Garden and the Potentilla collection to the west of the castle, and the walled garden to the north-west which contains herb, vegetable, fruit, and ornamental sections.



The state-of-the-art playground was opened in 2006 and has over 30 pieces of play equipment to enjoy from cradle swings for the very young to a large climbing space net for older children (under 12).
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TripAdvisor
  • Just leaving Ardgiĺlan Castle aftler a wonderful evening of music. String quarte with Emer Quinn and Ewan Cowley. Emer's voice is still as beautiful and pure as the night she sang for Ireland in Eurov...  more »
  • Free, Great children's play ground, Dog friendly cafe, Plenty (acres) of open space, A lot of thought has gone into this place,with rose gardens,open fields,plenty of walking with ocean views  more »
  • The grounds and the view of the sea are gorgeous. The castle is very well preserved, the guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about it. She explained that most of the furniture/artifacts is a m...  more »
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  • Possibly the best parkland in Dublin. Great place to stroll with lots of lovely views. Terrific playground for the children. There are lots of activities at certain times. Recently (March 2017) it became compulsory to.keep your dog on a leash. Pity, as it was the ideal.place to exercise your pooch. There is, however, a dog-friendly cafe, Paws. A guided tour of the castle is worthwhile.
  • Magnificent grounds. Really well kept. There is a dog friendly cafe, play grounds, hike trails and access to the beach. A great day out!
  • Ardgillan Castle is one of my favourite places to go whether with or without our chocolate labrador. The roses were in full bloom last weekend, this place is peace on earth :-)
  • On a good day perfect place for a picnic. Big playground makes the trip with the kids worth while. Nice gardens and plenty of paths to walk around the castle and if you running out of steam make sure you stop and get some nice pastry and cup of coffee/tea in the castle cafe.
  • Great place to visit. Cafes, playgrounds miles of walks and great views. Beautiful gardens. Well minded and very clean. Beautiful castle.