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About Ardgillan Castle
Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is situated in North County Dublin, Ireland, on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries, 32 kilometres north of Dublin City and 20 minutes from Dublin Airport.
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.