Leixlip Castle

The castle was built soon after 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, the Norman invader of Ireland. It has passed through many hands and has been in the ownership of Mr. Desmond Guinness and his family since 1958.

It contains many items of antique furniture, tapestries, paintings and drawings and some unusual items. These include a large 18th century doll’s house that originally cam from Newbridge House, a military bath (which is in current use), a cabinet made in Killarney circa 1880 which is inlaid with views of ruined abbeys and round towers, Irish wolfhounds and with harps and shamrocks in the decoration. Also of interest are drawings of the six Mitford sisters by William Acton. A print Room has been made in the Library and a corridor upstairs has also been decorated with prints.

The garden has a conservatory and temple and white iron gates at the far end of the lawn leading to the walled vegetable garden.

Opening Hours

LEIXLIP CASTLE OPEN DAYS 2017

9am – 1pm

February

Mon 06 – Fri 10

Mon 13 – Fri 17

Mon 27 – Fri 28

March

Wed 01 – Fri 03

Mon 06 – Fri 10

May

Mon 08 – Fri 19 every day

August

Sat 19 – Sun 27 every day

(HERITAGE WEEK)

Mon 28 – Thu 31

 

September

Fri 01

Sat 09 – Fri 22 every day

 

Admission

€8 Adults

€4 Students, children, OAPs

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