Ardgillan Castle and Demesne Balbriggan, Co. Dublin Dublin Castles/Gardens

Ardgillan Castle and Demesne

Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is situated in North County Dublin on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries, 32 kilometers north of Dublin City. The demesne is well signposted off the M1.

Ardgillan Castle are holding a special Teddy Bear’s Picnic this summer.

Join us on Sunday 23rd July for entertainment and fun with a ‘real-life’ teddy bear!
Children are invited to bring their own teddy bear on the day!!!!
•    Making your own Sock Puppets
•    Picnic lunch
•    Live Music, dance & singsong
•    Puppet Show
•    Teddy Bear birth certs
•    Gift of a windmill to take home
€20 per child


The park consists of 194 acres of rolling open grassland, mixed woodland and gardens, overlooking the Irish Sea with views of Mourne Mountains to the north and Lambay to the south-east.

Ardgillan is a sanctuary for many species of animals, mammals and birds for which the wooded areas provide a safe retreat from surrounding agricultural land.

Today the demesne is a stunning visitor attraction with a range of facilities the public can avail of, including castle tours, fairy tree trail, theatre events, afternoon tea, children’s parties and much more!

Originally named ‘Prospect House’ the central section was built by Robert Taylor in 1738, with the west and east wings added in the late 1800s.

Ardgillan Castle also houses a permanent exhibition of 17th century ‘Down Survey’ maps of Ireland which Thomas Taylor, Robert’s grandfather worked on as the chief examiner. 



Summer Camp at Ardgillan Castle

July 10th to July 14th from 10am – 2pm 
This July Ardgillan Castle are holding a week long summer camp in July. Activities will include arts & crafts, outdoor traditional games, music & dancing, trails & treasure hunts, science experiments, sports and much more….
There are limited places on the camp so book fast to secure your place!


Booking Essential: For more information contact us at the Castle on 018492212


As well as the castle, the demesne features a walled and rose garden both of which present an orderly profusion of colour.

The Walled Garden was originally a Victorian-styled kitchen garden that used to supply the fruit, vegetables and cut flower requirements to the house. One of the most interesting features of the gardens is the Irish Garden which houses the impressive Alcove Wall. This freestanding wall with twenty alcoves is believed to have been originally built for growing the more tender fruit such as peaches, nectarines, pears etc. It is thought to have been commissioned as a Famine relief project by the Taylor Family so that extra work could be given to the locals in the area.

The newest addition to the park, the fairy tree trail, is open all year round. With new fairies moving to Ardgillan regularly this is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. 


Ardgillan Castle and Demesne Opening Times

Park and Garden: Open all year round from 9am

Park Closing Times

  • Nov – Jan: 5.00pm
  • Feb – March: 6.00pm
  • April & September: 8.00pm
  • May to August: 9.00pm

Ardgillan Castle is open from

  • 10am to 6pm April to August
  • 10am to 5pm November to March
  • The last tour leaves 90 minutes before closing time.

Tour admission

  • Adult: €6.50
  • Senior Citizen & Students: €5
  • Family: €13
  • Group Rate: €5
  • Guided Tours of the Walled Garden (Must be booked in advance): €5
  • Group Rate by Appointment: €5

Contact Ardgillan Castle and Demesne

It is an exellent place for all the family with a huge playground beautiful gardens. A place for all the family with great tours and facilites.”
Posted by Ryan Mc Mahon