Ardgillan Castle is a distinctive country house, set in a 194-acre demesne near Balbriggan in Co. Dublin. The house was built by the Reverend Robert Taylor in 1738 and remained in the Taylor family until 1962. In 1982 the house became the property of the local authority of Fingal County Council and opened its doors to the public for the first time. The house features castellated embellishments and overlooks the picturesque Barnageera Beach, the Irish Sea and Skerries. The castle consists of two storeys over a basement, which extends under the south lawns.
Ardgillan Castle provides guided tours and hosts exhibitions throughout the years. The ground floor rooms and kitchens are open to visitors for guided tours. Tea-rooms are located off the main reception area, and serving light snacks are open in conjunction with the Castle opening times. Upstairs, the former bedrooms are used for classes and exhibitions including a permanent and unique exhibition of the “Down Survey” colour maps and text. Rooms are also available for small group meetings and workshops.
Ardgillan Demesne comprises a mix of woodlands and large grass open spaces including a walled garden featuring a herb garden, vegetable garden, rose garden, potentilla garden and Victorian conservatory, tearooms and an ice house.
The site also benefits from a state-of-the-art children’s playground, which was added to the Demesne in 2006. This facility provides a steady stream of visitors to the park both recurring and incidental and adds greatly to the various gardens and parkland attractions onsite.
Today the demesne is a stunning visitor attraction with a range of facilities the public can avail of, including:
- Castle Tours
- Tea Rooms (wheelchair accessible) and Playground Shop
- State-of-the-art Children’s Playground
- School Tours
- Newly opened Holistic Centre
- Children’s Parties (Historically themed)
- Magnificent Gardens
- Garden Tours (Pre-booked)
- Spectacular Cycle and Walking Paths
- Medieval Stocks and Tudor stand-ins
- Art Exhibitions
- Civil Wedding Ceremonies
- Room Hire, Conference and Workshop Space
- Picnic Areas
- Public Toilets
- Expansive Wide Open Spaces.
- Free Car Parks
For more information you can check out www.ardgillancastle.ie.
All content submitted by Fingal County Council
Photos (c) Ardgillan Castle