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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens offers an abundance of exciting things to see and do.  We recommend allowing two hours for your visit to fully enjoy the site. There are approximately 4km of wonderful lake and garden walks to be explored and dogs are very welcome.  The recently restored Castle and Servants’ Tunnel is seen by guided tour and takes one hour. We advise you to pre-book your castle tour to avoid disappointment. To book click here. If you are short of time or would like to return and visit us again, you can simply enjoy our new visitor centre with café and shop which are free, including parking.

Opening Times

9.00am – 5.30pm: 17th March – 31st October

9.00am – 4.00pm: 1st November 16th March

Daily Rates

The Daily Ticket rates include entry to the Irish Agricultural Museum, the Gardens and Lake Walks. The Woodland play area opens in late August.  Entry to the Castle and Servants' Tunnel which is by guided tour (pre-booked) is extra.  To book click here.

 Entry to Gardens & MuseumCastle Guided Tour

(Extra)

Adult€9€4
Child (5-16)€4€2
Child (Under 5)FreeFree
Concession (OAP/Student)€7€3
Family (2 Adults + 4 Children)€24€11

Access Road

The new and improved access road is now open and leads to the new visitor centre and car park. Please note that the previous entrance is now closed.

 

 


Conservation in Action at Johnstown Castle

We are delighted to welcome specialist painting conservator Pearl O’Sullivan to Johnstown Castle in July and August.  Pearl will be in the castle restoring the fine family portrait of Hamilton Knox Grogan Morgan from the 15th July – 17th August.

Visitors to the castle will get to enjoy "conservation in action" as Pearl will be talking to visiting groups as the work progresses. Keep an eye out for children’s workshops and specialist talks during this period!

Please note that castle tours need to be pre-booked in order to avoid disappointment.

 


Ten Fun Things to do With Family

"10 Fabulously Fun Things To Do With Kids In Wexford at Johnstown Castle"

Thanks to MyKidsTime.ie for a great feature that shows how Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum and Gardens has something for all the family. Click here to read.  We look forward to welcoming you here throughout the summer. Please note that Castle tours need to be pre-booked to avoid disappointment. Click here to make your booking.

 

 

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Johnstown Castle Featured on RTE Nationwide

 

 

We are delighted that RTE Nationwide aired a full programme on Monday 20th May dedicated to Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum and Gardens, showcasing the new 3in1 attraction, the history of Johnstown Castle and the Irish Agricultural Museum.  Watch here on the RTE Player.

Castle Tours need to be pre-booked in order to avoid disappointment! Castle tours take approximately one hour including the servant's tunnel which is 86 metres long at the end of the tour.

To book click here.

No booking is required for visiting the Gardens or the Irish Agricultural Museum.

 

RTE Nationwide filming at Johnstown Castle

 

 

 

 

 


So Grand, So Gorgeous...So Visit

Johnstown Castle in the Media

Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens and the ongoing restoration and conservation works were featured in the media recently with a number of features in the Irish Times and Irish Examiner. 

"So Grand so Gorgeous...So Visit", The Irish Examiner, September 1st 2018 - click here to read.

"Restoration Drama at Wexford's Fairy Tale Johnstown Castle", The Irish Times, August 25th 2018 - click here to read.

The works taking place inside Johnstown Castle and the construction of the new visitor centre are wide-ranging and continue apace with opening set for May 2019. Despite this, the works do not impact the facilities currently open to the public at the Irish Agricultural Museum and Peacock Tearooms along with the Johnstown Castle Gardens.

 

 

 

 


Johnstown Castle Looks to the Future

"Johnstown Castle Looks to the Future" was featured in the Irish Arts Review Magazine in 2017. The piece, written by writer and artist Peter Pearson chronicles the history of the Johnstown Estate and is available to read by clicking here.

 

 


Our Plans

The construction works at Johnstown Castle commenced in April 2018 and when completed we will operate the very special Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum & Grounds for all to enjoy.

 


Our Bat Colony

The IAM Manager, Matt and Harm Deenen (a trained field ecologist) have been conducting regular bat counts and surveys at Johnstown since 2015. In 2016 they carried out weekly counts of the maternal colony of soprano pipistrelle bats which use the first floor roof of the museum (west side). This work has continued this year so they can build up comparative data and monitor the health of the colony.

The bats gather in this roost from March until October although they reckon some individuals may hibernate there in the winter too. The roost reaches its peak in May with the biggest count being 714 individuals recorded on 5 May 2016. They have been told by experts that this is the third largest recorded roost in the country. In June the pups are born and can sometimes be seen on infra-red camera that they have in the roof.

The team have a theory that other species of bat may also use the same roost from time-to-time but in much smaller numbers – they think they have detected a daubenton bat emerging from the roost this year. Counting bats means standing outside the roost at sunset and counting for an hour in ten minute intervals - 20 to 30 mins after sunset is the peak emergence time. They use various specialist bat equipment to aid them. Records of bat counts are submitted to Bat Conservation Ireland, National Biodiversity Centre and are also available on the Irish agricultural museum website.

They also carry out regular patrol surveys around the grounds and have detected brown long-eared bats, common pipistrelle, leisler bats and daubenton bats (water specialists). They have been told that bats have used the castle in the past but they have no evidence to support this being the case at the moment.

Johnstown has the perfect habitat for Irish bats. The team intend to keep recording to build up their knowledge of bats on the site and to continue to monitor the maternal roost so it becomes the best recorded roost in the country and a flagship for bat conservation.