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Celbridge, Kildare, Republic of Ireland
Castletown House is a sumptuous Palladian-style mansion, set in Celbridge, County Kildare. It features the unique Print Room, Long Gallery and magnificent Portland stone staircase in the main hall.
As the largest and most significant Palladian-style country house in Ireland, Castletown House in Celbridge, County Kildare is well worth a visit.
It was built circa 1722 for the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, William Connolly. The entire estate was sold by the family in 1965 and was purchased, together with some of the parkland, by the Hon. Desmond Guinness.
Both Mr Guinness and subsequently the Castletown Foundation, who acquired the house in 1979, devoted considerable effort and resources to maintaining the house and restoring the principal rooms.
The Courtyard Café is open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am to 5pm.
The Caterers present "The Food, The Wine, The Experience" at The Courtyard Café, Castletown.
Situated in the restored 18th century kitchen wing and courtyard of Castletown House, The Courtyard Café is open from the 15th March to the 31st October 2013.
There is limited access for visitors with disabilities and there are toilets, car parking and a restaurant on site.
Visitors guide leaflet in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Irish and Spanish.