Ardgillan Castle and Demesne
Ardgillan Castle is a beautiful, two-storied country house, with castellated features. It set in 200 acres of parkland in a seaside area between Balbriggan and Skerries in North County Dublin.
- Overlooking Barnageera Beach, and close to the village of Balrothery, Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is a popular local amenity.
- A small coffee shop can be found inside the castle on the ground floor.
- Guided tours of the castle are available and exhibitions are held at various times throughout the year.
Ardgillan Demesne is a leafy park. Due to its high location, the park area offers superb panoramic vistas of the bay across north County Dublin.
The park also contains
- a walled herb garden
- a rose garden
- a Victorian greenhouse
- tea rooms
- an ice house
Ardgillan Castle was built by Reverend Robert Taylor in 1738, who famously paid some of his employees in free lodgings and whiskey.
- It remained with the Taylor family until 1962
- The castle was eventually purchased by the Irish state in 1982.
- It officially opened to the public in 1992 by then president of Ireland Mary Robinson.
There is an excellent, free and spacious outdoor children’s playground at Ardgillan.
- Featuring a castle and maritime theme, the playground is set in an elevated location overlooking the bay, which gives it a truly unique aspect.
- The playground has thirty pieces of equipment to enjoy, the playground is divided into age-appropriate sections.
- Items such as cradle swings and mini-slides are best young wobblers, while the giant slide and large rope climbing net for children aged up to twelve.
- While busy at peaks times of the day on weekends and holidays, the playground has plenty of free space on weekdays.