Ardgillan Castle & Demesne

Ardgillan Castle And Victorian Gardens, Balbriggan, Dublin

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The beautiful Ardgillan Castle will host this fantastic event and this year there will be a VICTORIAN THEME

Visitors will be greeted by the Castle’s very own Butler who will explain to them what Christmas was like many years ago. There will also be a display showing the types of gifts the children would have had at Christmas back then. And outside the entrance to the Castle you will be able to view a Period Carriage – Santa is travelling in style this year!
Inside the Castle there will be plenty to entertain the children while they wait to enter the Grotto.

Apart from the friendly Elves there will also be a MAGICIAN and rumour has it that Rudolf the Reindeer will be around to say hello. Children will be able to post their letter to the North Pole via our special post box and they can colour in a drawing for Santa if they wish.

Tickets cost €12 per child for a Visit and Gift or €17 per child to include a photo. Adults are free of charge. Time slots must be booked in advance via our website.

For further information please email
The highlights of this event include:
• Complimentary Minibus transfer from the car park to the entrance of the Castle and return
• Ample FREE car parking
• Ticketing system to ensure that your group don’t have to wait too long. From entering the Castle to visiting Santa should take no longer than 30 minutes.
• Receive an age appropriate gift from Santa
• Victorian theme to fit in with the Castle environment including a welcome from Santa’s personal BUTLER and an informative display and period carriage at the entrance
• Friendly Elves will assist you and a Magician will entertain the children while they wait to visit the Grotto
• Write a letter to Santa and post it to the North Pole
• Photos presented in a protective cover available from our photographer
• Tea/Coffee and snacks are available from the Castle Tea Rooms

Time slots are available every 15 minutes from 10.30am-3.30pm on the following dates;
Saturday December 3
Sunday December 4
Saturday December 10
Sunday December 11
Saturday December 17
Sunday December 18
Monday December 19
Tuesday December 20
Wednesday December 21
Thursday December 22
Friday December 23

Terms and Conditions:
A time slot must be booked in advance when purchasing tickets through our website
Time slots will have limited availability.
Additional photos may be ordered on the day
Event is suitable for children up to 12 years
Tea/Coffee and food is available for purchase at the Castle Tea Rooms
Entrance to the event is via the main doors of the Castle facing the sea.

How long will it take to see Santa?
Waiting time should be no more than 30 minutes which also allows time for you to post your letter and take part in the entertainment
Are all adults free of charge?
Yes there is no entry free for accompanying adults aged 18 and over
Is there a charge for babies?
Yes babies are charged the same as the other children and will also receive a gift
Can I bring a pram?
There will be very limited space for prams and there are some stairs so we would advise leaving them behind. Double prams should not be brought.
Is this a tour like a Winter Wonderland experience?
The event is a Santa Grotto and is designed to be an affordable alternative to the shopping centre. It is a not a Winter Wonderland type experience.
Do we get to see Santa on our own?
Yes your visit to Santa will be private
Do you take group bookings?
Yes contact us on and will be happy to help you
Is the event wheelchair accessible?
Yes we can cater for wheelchair users – if you have a specific special need please contact us on and we will do our very best to facilitate you.
Is parking free of charge?
Yes parking is free of charge and there is also a Complimentary Mini Bus service within the park