Looking for an inexpensive day trip this weekend? Why not try Ardgillan Castle? The name Ardgillan is derived from the Irish “Árd Choill” meaning “High Wood. Ardgillan is a large country house with castellated embellishments built by the Rev. Robert Taylor in 1738. It stands on the elevated coastline commanding magnificent views of the Irish Sea. The house consists of two storeys over basement, which extend under the south lawns. Robert Taylor was a grandson of the Thomas Taylor who worked with William Petty on the mid 17th century Down Survey of Ireland. The house remained in the Taylor family until 1962 when the estate was sold to Heinrich Potts of Westphalia. In 1982 the estate was sold to the County Council. The ground floor rooms and kitchen are open to the Public by guided tour. You can also take a free online audio-visual tour of the house by clicking here. Upstairs there is a permanent exhibition of the Down Survey colour maps and text and the Hutton Coachbuilder drawings and text. Other attractions of note: the Rose Garden, Victorian Conservatory, Walled Garden, the National Plant Collection of Shrubby Potentillas, the Ice-House and Lady’s Stairs and Ardgillan Playground.
- The Park is located between Skerries and Balbriggan.
- By Bus: Bus 33 from Eden Quay in Dublin city centre. The bus passes under Ladies Stairs footbridge entrance to the park 3.5 Km north of Skerries.
- July & August 11.00am – 6.00pm
April to 30th September 11.00am – 6.00pm
October to 31st March: 11.00am – 4.30pm
23rd December to January 1st inclusive Closed
Coffee Shop in castle is open during Castle opening hours.
In mid-summer a second coffee shop is open beside the Walled Garden
Guided Tours of the Castle are provided at regular intervals during the day
Admission to the castle is free and the cost of the guided tours is:
Senior Citizens & Students €4
Group Rate €4
Guided Tour of Walled Garden on Thursdays at 3.30 pm during June, July & August €5
Group Rate by Appointment €4.50