Ardgillan Castle & Demesne

Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is situated in North County Dublin on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries, 20 miles north of Dublin City. The demesne is well signposted off the M1.

ardgillan_castle_110510_1The 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
  • Tea Rooms (wheelchair accessible) and Playground Shop
  • State-of-the-art Children’s Playground
  • 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

ardgillan_castle_110510_2The main car park is located close to the demesne entrance at “Blackhills”, while a second car and coach park, adjacent to the castle is open for castle visitors from Monday to Saturday and for restricted use on Sundays and Public Holidays.

The gardens are in three main parts, the formal Rose Garden and the Potentilla collection to the west of the castle, and the walled garden to the north-west which contains herb, vegetable, fruit, and ornamental sections.

The state-of-the-art playground was opened in 2006 and has over 30 pieces of play equipment to enjoy from cradle swings for the very young to a large climbing space net for older children (under 12).

Ardgillan Demesne Opening Times

The Park:

Nov to Jan: 10.00am – 5.00pm June to August: 10.00am – 9.00pm
Feb to Mar: 10.00am – 6.00pm September: 10.00am – 8.00pm
April: 10.00am – 7.00pm October 10.00am – 7.00pm
May: 10.00am – 8.00pm


Open Daily: 10.00am – 4.30pm Winter
10.00am – 6.00pm Summer

The Tea Rooms:

July – August: Open Daily 11.00am – 6.00pm
1st Apr – 30th Sep: Open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00am – 6.00pm
Public Holidays: Open 11.00am – 6.00pm
1st Oct – 31st Mar: Open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00am – 4.30pm
Public Holidays Open 11.00am – 4.30pm
Closed 23rd December to January 1st inclusive.

There is a charge to visitors for the guided tour of the Castle. The text of the tour is available in French, German, Irish, Italian and Spanish.

Getting There:

The route to Ardgillan Demesne is signposted from the M1. Travelling north from Dublin exit at Junction 5. Travelling south exit at Junction 6 (well sign-posted).

Bus Route:

Bus NO. 33 from Eden Quay in Dublin travels via Rush and Skerries and passes under the “Lady’s Stairs,” two miles north of Skerries. “The Lady’s Stairs” is a pedestrian footbridge over the road and railway line, which provides access to the demesne.

Sat. Nav. Co-ordinates

N 53° 35’ 11” W 6° 09’ 36”


For telephone enquiries call Ardgillan Castle on 01 849 2212 or from outside Ireland + 353 1 849 2212

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