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Castletown House, County Kildare

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Castletown House, Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, is a Palladian country house built in 1722 for William Conolly, the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. It formed the centrepiece of a 550acre estate. Sold to developers in 1965, the estate is now divided between State and private ownership.InteriorsOn the piano nobile there are a series of ever grander reception rooms typical of the 1720s. The house was entered by ascending a staircase outside before coming into a large entrance hall which was graced with stucco gilding and pictures of the family. To the left is the dining room which was made out of two smaller rooms. To the right of the hall was the huge staircase itself. This was made of Portland stone and is cantilevered.Straight on is the Green Drawing Room and was also known as the Saloon because of its position in the house. This was the room that the family used to receive their guests in before leaving and (staying on the left hand side of the house) entering the Red Drawing Room.The Print Room is decorated with cut-outs of favourite images, following the fashion of the 1760s. This room is on the right side and is thought to be the only surviving example of this in Ireland from this period.Further on is the State Bedroom, which was never used by royalty as such, but by the various viceroys based in Dublin. In it are chairs which were from Venice.
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  • Tour guide was excellent and very well spoken, the tour lasted about an hour. The house is beautiful once owned by the richest man in Ireland. Nice visit for anyone interested in Georgian architecture...  read more »
  • Fantastic house to visit with a most interesting history well provided by an excellent guide who even exceeded her time for the tour such was her enthusiasm - what a change from some of the tour guide...  read more »
  • We had such an amazing time touring the castle. The history was eye-opening and intriguing. We've been there twice now. The children loved it. It's a nice family day out activity. 
  • Stunning fields & streams in house grounds, perfect for scenic walks. Decent coffee shop too. Lots of events planned throughout the year, such as plays & fun days. One of my favourite local places
  • A great gem of a location. Beautiful House with great gardens leading on to the Liffey. This is an ideal location for walkers and dogs alike. The CafĂ© is also worth a visit.
  • I regularly walk around Castletown and attend the craft fairs held there with my family. Very relaxed atmosphere and well maintained area. Only thing bad I could say is the amount of dogs let off their leads even though signs everywhere requesting that dogs should be kept on leads. A couple of times my small children have been startled when a big dog has come charging at them without their owner. I understand it would be nearly impossible for the staff to enforce the rule about dog leads, I just wish the dog owners would be more considerate. Just for the record I have 2 bullmastiffs, mussled and on leads when out.
  • Great place to go for walks. Nice coffee shop. Interesting tour of the house too.
  • Love this place, lovely athmosphere around the house with absolutely breathtaking surrounding landscape. Great for dogs to roam free too. A must visit any time of year to watch the colourful changing landscape.
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