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Shankill Castle and Gardens

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Paulstown, (Whitehall), Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)599726145
E: info@shankillcastle.com

Shankill Castle is an 18th-century building surrounded by stunning parkland near Paulstown, County Kilkenny. The garden features Victorian favourites, such as Sequoias and self-sown ash trees.

Located on the Carlow/Kilkenny border near Paulstown, Shankill Castle is an 18th-century building that is set in beautiful parkland. The interior preserves much of its original character and features a Georgian staircase, Gothic plasterwork in the dining room and a charmingly Victorian drawing room. The stable-yard and the castellated entrance to the demesne are attributed to Daniel Robertson.

In the garden there are remnants of 19th-century laurel lawns and some Victorian favourites like the now gigantic Sequoias and 20th-century self-sown ash trees. The moated garden was once a rose garden, then forgotten and planted with Sitka spruces. Now it is a spring garden, and the graveyard blooms all year round. The walled garden has a charming apple arch under-planted with red tulips and some antique goblet-shaped pear trees trained against a mellow brick wall.

Open on selected days throughout 2015.
Open: Jan 31,
Feb 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28,
Mar 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 12noon-5pm,
June 1-30,
July 1-31, 2pm-6pm,
Aug 1-31, 12 noon-6pm,
Oct 23-31,
Dec 1-8, 12noon - 9pm.

To avoid disappointment please telephone for more information on visiting arrangements, times etc.

Teas for groups by arrangement.