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Ardgillan Castle and Demesne

Ardgillan Castle is a beautiful, two-storied country house, with castellated features. It set in 200 acres of parkland in a seaside area between Balbriggan and Skerries in North County Dublin.

  • Overlooking Barnageera Beach, and close to the village of Balrothery, Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is a popular local amenity.
  • A small coffee shop can be found inside the castle on the ground floor.
  • Guided tours of the castle are available and exhibitions are held at various times throughout the year.

Ardgillan Demesne

Ardgillan Demesne is a leafy park. Due to its high location, the park area offers superb panoramic vistas of the bay across north County Dublin. The park also contains

  • a walled herb garden
  • a rose garden
  • a Victorian greenhouse
  • tea rooms
  • an ice house


Ardgillan Castle was built by Reverend Robert Taylor in 1738, who famously paid some of his employees in free lodgings and whiskey.

  • It remained with the Taylor family until 1962
  • The castle was eventually purchased by the Irish state in 1982.
  • It officially opened to the public in 1992 by then president of Ireland Mary Robinson.

Children's Playground

There is an excellent, free and spacious outdoor children's playground at Ardgillan.

  • Featuring a castle and maritime theme, the playground is set in an elevated location overlooking the bay, which gives it a truly unique aspect.
  • The playground has thirty pieces of equipment to enjoy, the playground is divided into age-appropriate sections.
  • Items such as cradle swings and mini-slides are best young wobblers, while the  giant slide and large rope climbing net for children aged up to twelve.
  • While busy at peaks times of the day on weekends and holidays, the playground has plenty of free space on weekdays.

Ghost of The Lady's Stairs

Ardgillan Castle and nearby Barnageera Beach are believed to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Langford, who died here in 1853. Read the full article ...

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Ardgillan Castle


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