Ardgillan Demesne is situated on the elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries. Although referred to as a castle, the residence at Ardgillan is a large country-style house with castellated embellishments.
Originally named 'Prospect' the central section was built in 1738 by Robert Taylor, Dean of Clonfert, with the west and east wings added in the late 1700's. The family resided here from 1737 until 1960.
The castle was restored by FÁS and the ground floor rooms and kitchens are open to visitors for guided tours reliving Victorian splendor. Upstairs the bedrooms are used for classes and exhibitions including a permanent and unique exhibition of the 'Down Survey' - an exhibition of maps produced by a team of 1,000 surveyors in 1654 mapping for the first time the complete survey of Ireland. A full programme of visiting exhibitions takes place on an annual basis.
April - Sept Tue - Sun & pub Hols 11.00- 18.00
July / August - Open daily 11.00 - 18.00
Oct - Mar Tue - Sun & Pub Hols 11.00 - 16.30
Ardgillan Castle Demesne, Balbriggan.
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