“This I believe the only house in Ireland to which the term palace can be applied.” (Richard Twiss, 1775)
Castletown is Ireland’s largest and earliest Palladian style house. Built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland. The façade was almost certainly designed by the Italian architect, Alessandro Galilei, while the Irish architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce added the wings. The house and acres of parkland are open to the public daily from May to October. Access to the house by guided tourTuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. The antiques fair is held in the restored stable wing, and admission is free and open to the general public.