Huntington Castle voted one of Ireland’s top 20 Hidden Gems by The Guardian in March 2015 is set on over 160 acres of gardens, woodland and farmland. The Castle of Ireland features a fascinating guided tour which explains its 17th-century history. The tour also features the world famous Temple of Isis located in the old castle dungeons. The Castle of Ireland offers a fabulous woodland playground, as well as a charming tearoom and giftshop. The gardens are well worth a visit in their own right and were mainly laid out in the 17th century by the Esmondes who built Huntington Castle in 1625. They include the French limes on the avenue as well as the formal lawns to the side of the house, fish ponds on either side of the centre walk and the yew tree walk.
FACILITIES: Children’s adventure playground, coach and car park, guided castle tours, refurbished tea room, gift shop, woodland walks and rose gardens. Wheelchair access is limited to certain areas of the gardens only.
HOW TO FIND US: Entrance gates in the village of Clonegal.
GPS: 52.690404, -6.649131
OPENING TIMES: May – September 2 p.m. – 6 p.m daily. House 2 – 5 p.m. weekends in May and September and daily June – August. For special events outside these times see website – Easter, Halloween and Christmas at the Castle. Open at other times by arrangement.
ADMISSION: Gardens – adults €5, U12 €2.50. Usual concessions. House and gardens adults €9, children U7 no extra charge. Family and group discounts.