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From 1st July until 31 August, the castle gardens will be open every day from 9am to 7pm – giving our visitors even more time to enjoy the surroundings. The Peacock Tea-room will also be open every day until 6.30pm.

Work began on constructing a new museum extension in September 2013. It will house our collection of harvesting and threshing machines.

Castle Gardens

Johnstown Castle Gardens

The spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens surrounding the 19th century castle were designed by Daniel Robertson who is famed for the gardens at Powerscourt in Co. Wicklow.   

 Johnstown Castle Gardens – Opening Hours:

The gardens are open all year round, 7 days a week from 9am- 4.30pm (5.30pm in summer).

The castle and grounds are maintained by Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Authority). Please note that Johnstown Castle itself is presently not open to the public. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome (bins are provided).

A Brief History of Johnstown Castle Estate
Johnstown Castle estate has been home to two prominent Wexford families. The first owners were the Esmondes; a Norman family who settled in the county in the 1170s. They constructed the tower houses at Johnstown and Rathlannon during the 15th or 16th century. During the Cromwellian period of 1640s the estate was confiscated and changed hands several times before being acquired by John Grogan in 1692, whose descendents remained at Johnstown up until 1945. In this year Maurice Victor Lakin presented Johnstown Castle estate as a gift to the Nation.

By 1863 Johnstown Castle estate was at its peak of development and comprised of a large demesne of over 1,000 acres. It was divided in two with a deer park to the north, and the castle, pleasure grounds, home farm and two lakes (with a third lake under construction) to the south.

Today Teagasc, the Agricultural and Food Development Authority, is the owner of the Johnstown Castle estate and has a research facility on site.

Procedure for Booking Wedding Photographs

If you would like to have your wedding photographs taken on the grounds of Johnstown Castle Estate.

  • There is a charge of €50 to have wedding photos taken on the grounds, which must be paid in advance.
  • To secure a booking, you must provide your name, address and phone number, along with the date of the wedding and the time you will be arriving at the grounds.
  • On full receipt of payment and required information we will confirm your booking.
  • We can accept payment by cheque, bank draft, postal order or cash in person.  Cheques can be made payable to Irish Agricultural Museum.

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