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The Irish Agricultural Museum and Johnstown Castle Gardens will be closed today Sun 18 March due to severe weather warning. We hope to reopen tomorrow as normal.

The museum and castle gardens will be closed tomorrow  (Thurs) and Friday. We hope to reopen on Saturday if weather conditions permit.

Christmas at the Castle 2016


Johnstown Castle comes alive with festive cheer over the weekends of 10th – 11th and 17th – 18th December with something for all the family to enjoy. ‘Santa at the Castle’ is a must for the little ones and offers a rare opportunity for visitors to see inside Johnstown Castle and soak up the festive atmosphere in grand surroundings.



Entrance to ‘Santa at the Castle’ is by timed ticket and so advance booking is essential. Visitors will start the experience with a short trip to the castle from the Irish Agricultural Museum in their choice of either a vintage car and a stretch limo. Once inside, adults will be able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while the children write a letter to Santa (helped by Frosty the Snowman if they want). Everyone will then go and visit Santa in his beautifully decorated room with magnificent sleigh where the children will post their letter and choose a gift from Santa. There will be lots of photo opportunities – so visitors are reminded to bring a camera! It promises to be a unique and memorable experience for all. Ticket only in advance (€7.50 for adults and €15 for children).

Santa at Castle

Santa at Castle

To book a ticket please email or phone 086 442 9225. Please let us know your preferred date and time, whether you would like to arrive at the Castle in the stretch limo (up to 8 passengers) or the vintage car (up to 4 passengers) and the number of adults and children.

The Peacock Tea Room will be open and the grounds will be open to all until 4.30pm with no admission charge. Why not take a family stroll around the winter gardens and then return to the Peacock Tea Room to warm up by the fire with a hot drink and a sweet or savoury snack in a festive environment. Whatever you choose to do Johnstown Castle is the setting for a wonderful Christmas experience for all the family to enjoy and remember.



Why not join us for afternoon tea in the dining room of the Castle on 13-15 and 20-22 December from 12,30pm to 6pm. Tickets only in advance. To book please call 053 9184671.



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