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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,for William Connolly, speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland. The façade was almost certainly designed by the Italian architect Alessandro Galilei, while the Irish architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce added the wings. Considerable efforts were made 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.
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.