Johnstown Editor

Castle Works

The works taking place inside the castle are wide-ranging and continue apace this summer. This is a view of one of the old kitchen rooms in the basement level which are currently being replastered. To learn more about this exciting project, call into the museum reception.


The Changing Face of Museum

Construction has begun in earnest at Johnstown with the refurbishment of the castle and the creation of a new visitor centre in the lower yard of the museum (pictured here). Despite the increased level of activity, the site remains fully open for all visitors to enjoy the well-earned spring sunshine.


Building & Conservation Works Begin

We are delighted to report that in April the building and improvement works began here at Johnstown. There will be significant conservation and upgrading works undertaken on the Castle itself, allowing it to be opened to the public and a new Visitor Centre is also being constructed on the property. The new facilities will open in early 2019.

“We are delighted to report that in 2019 the Castle will be open to the public for the first time in thirty years”, said Tom Doherty, Chief Operations Officer of Teagasc. “We will be offering an exciting visitor experience with access to three floors of the castle, access to the original servants’ tunnel and a new visitor centre with a café and shop", he continued.

In the meantime Johnstown Castle Gardens and the Irish Agricultural Museum are open for visitors where they can enjoy a nostalgic journey through Irish farming and social history, enjoy the stunning views or meander through the lush woodland gardens and around the lake.

Photo updates on the construction and conservation work are available on the Facebook page by clicking here.