Ardgillan is a large 18th Century country manor house (1738) built in extensive grounds overlooking the Irish Sea. The demesne features a walled garden and a rose garden. Within the house, the ground floor rooms and the kitchens are open to visitors (guided tour only).
Ardgillan Park is unique among Dublin’s regional parks for the magnificent views it enjoys of the coastline. A panorama, taking in Rockabill Lighthouse, Colt Church, Shenick and Lambay Islands may be seen, including Sliabh Foy, the highest of the Cooley Mountains, and the Mourne Mountains can be seen sweeping down to the sea.
Ardgillan Castle is open all year round. Access to the castle is by guided tour only. Tours are available on demand. The team of tour guides is experienced, with a great knowledge and understanding of the castle and its family occupants, The Taylors.
The Ardgillan Castle tour is approximately one hour long. Many periods of social history are brought to life with the focus firmly on the family who once lived in the castle. Visitors get the chance to explore the castle and enjoy the same atmosphere that the Taylors experienced from 1738, when the castle was built right up to 1962, when it was eventually sold.
The park area is the property of Fingal County Council and was opened to the public as a regional park in 1985. What was an arable farm was transformed into a public park. Five miles of footpaths were provided throughout the demesne, some by opening old avenues, while others were newly constructed. They now provide a system of varied and interesting woodland, walks and vantage points from which to enjoy breath-taking views of the sea, the coastline and surrounding countryside. A sign-posted cycle route through the park means that cyclists can share the miles of walking paths with pedestrians.
Castle Tour Times: Mon–Fri 11.00 am, 1.00 pm & 3.00 pm; Sat-Sun 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, 3.00 pm & 4.00 pm (no 4.00 pm tour Nov-Feb)
Ardgillan is tricky to find: it is 20 miles from the city centre near Balbriggan.
To see opening times of the park, gardens and house, please click here. http://ardgillancastle.ie/opening-times/
Admission to all the gardens is free. Guided tours of the Gardens are available for groups on a pre-booked basis.
Tel: 01 8492212
House tour: Adults €6.50; concessions