Johnstown Castle Lakes

Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum & Gardens in Ireland’s south-east is not only a hugely significant historic site of national importance but a place of great romantic charm and tranquillity. The spectacular lakes, walled gardens and sculptures all offer the beautiful setting for the great 19th century castle designed by the Victorian architect Daniel Robertson who is responsible for many projects in Ireland including Powerscourt in Co. Wicklow.

Johnstown’s romantic charm can be enjoyed on the glorious lake walks on the estate which are open all year round. The Castle lake is the middle of three lakes and was the first to be constructed in the late 1830s-40s as part of Hamilton Knox Grogan Morgan’s grand vision for the Estate, working in partnership with renowned architect Daniel Robertson of Powerscourt Fame. At almost five acres it is home to numerous waterfowl. Around the fringes of this lake are two follies, including a fishing tower, also seven statues which were completed at the same time as the lake. They are entirely in keeping with the romantic vision being brought to life by both owner and architect.

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 spring 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.