Huntington Castle and Gardens

Clonegal Village, Clonegal, Carlow

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Huntington Castle was built in 1625 as a garrison on the strategically important Wexford to Dublin route. After 50 years the soldiers moved out and the family began to convert it into a family home.

House Tours

House tours happen everyday June, July, August 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and weekends May and September.
Prices: €8.00 for adults, €6.00 concessions and €4.00 for children, family discounts available.


The Gardens were mainly laid out in the 1680's by the Esmondes. They feature impressive formal plantings and layouts including the Italian style 'Parterre' or formal gardens, as well the French lime Avenue (planted in 1680) The world famous yew walk is a significant feature which is thought to date to over 500 years old and should not be missed.
Tickets cost €5 per adult and €2.50 per child (this includes entry to the adventure playground)

Playground & Farm

We have recently built a fantastic woodland adventure playground.
It can either be completed as an obstacle course or more often children (and some adults!) will just spend time playing at each different station. The playground features swings, slides, play huts, monkey bars, balance beams, and much more besides. There is also a separate toddler area for the smaller children to play.

Shop & Eat

The tearoom and giftshop features delicious cakes and treats as well as unique and unusual gift and present ideas. We also have a range of pocket money toys for children.

Stay With Us

We offer guests the chance to stay with us in the Castle on a B&B basis or guests can stay in one of our self-catering apartments.

What’s on…

February: Snowdrop week
We are looking forward to opening after a chilly winter. The Gardens will be open from 9th-12th February and the tearoom will be open on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February.

April Easter treasure hunt
This year we will have our annual treasure hunt around the garden - each child will be given a basket and a set of clues... they then have to find the golden nuggets and win a chocolate surprise at the end! There will also be an opportunity to meet some of our new little lambs and enjoy the adventure playground.

May: Bluebells
May is a busy month here - the gardens are open every day and the tearoom at weekends. There will be a beautiful carpet of bluebells in the Wilderness and last year we also had very rare white bluebells so come along and enjoy springtime at its best!

June: The Summer Season starts
The Castle and tearooms will be open every day from June - come along and enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Castle or simply enjoy the Gardens and tearooms. There is always something new to see.

July and August: The Carlow Garden Festival
The festival will feature world class gardening experts and will also include guided walks at Huntington.

August: Heritage week
Following on from last year’s success we will again celebrating National Heritage week. The Castle will be running special tours to mark the event. 

October: Halloween Festival
This year the ever-popular Halloween Ghost Tour returns. As always it’s a brand-new tour, so prepare yourself - you never know what might happen... With separate family and adult tours this is must for all at the spookiest time of year!

December: Visit to Santa & Christmas Food Fair
Christmas at the Castle - Christmas 2017 will see the return of our very popular 'Letter To Santa', our Christmas food fair and the wonderful old world Italian vintage crib.

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Opening hours

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Latitude: 52.690452

Longitude: -6.649134