Located along the East Coast of Fingal, Balbriggan boasts a working harbour, historic buildings, safe sandy beaches and magnificent coastal walks with views of offshore islands.
Balbriggan is also home to Ardgillan Castle.Ardgillan is situated on the elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries and is unique among Dublin’s Regional Parks for the magnificent views it enjoys.
The park consists of 194 acres of rolling pastureland, mixed woodland and gardens, overlooking the bay of Drogheda.
Ardgillan, meaning high-wooded area, is a sanctuary for many species of mammals and birds.
The Castle, the residence at Ardgillan, built in 1738 consists of two stories over a basement which extends out under the south lawns.
The ground floor rooms of the Castle, accessible to wheelchair users, are furnished in Georgian/Victorian style and include the Morning Room, Dining Room and Library. The first floor area of the Castle is used for an annual programme of exhibitions and Ardgillan is also the home of a permanent exhibition of maps including the 17th century 'Down Survey of Ireland'.
Castle Opening Times:
Tuesday-Sunday & Public Holidays 11am-6pm
Tuesday-Sunday & Public Holidays 11am-4:30pm
July and August open seven days.
Closed: Dec 23rd-Jan 1st inclusive
June-August: Guided tour of Ardgillan Gardens on Thursdays at 3.30pm. Park is open daily 10am to dusk.
Students and OAP's €5
Family (2 adults & 2 children) €14
Group Admission Prices:
Adult €5 per person
Minimum group number is 10.
Tea rooms within the castle, picnic area, rose garden, Victorian conservatory and a walled kitchen garden.
How to Get There:
By bus: No. 33 (Eden Quay via Rush and Skerries)
By car: Signposted off M1 and N1.