The Irish Heritage Trust was announced in 2015 as the successful applicant to work with Teagasc, the Irish Agricultural Museum and the local community to develop a new and exciting visitor experience at Johnstown Castle.

Teagasc and the Irish Heritage Trust have today (July 13th 2018) announced that the €7.5 million project works inside the Castle and the construction of a new approximately 1000 square metres Visitor Centre is now underway with the new attraction set to be opened to the public in Spring 2019.

Commenting on the progress at what is set to be one of Ireland’s foremost tourist attractions, Clare McGrath, Chairman of the Irish Heritage Trust said, “Johnstown Castle is a hugely significant building of national importance and the new visitor experience will be up there as one of Ireland’s greatest tourism experiences and it will be showcased at an international level.”

In essence, the new visitor experience will offer visitors access to a ‘3 in 1’ attraction- including the famous Daniel Robertson Ornamental Gardens, the Gothic Revival Johnstown Castle and adjoining Servants’ Tunnel and the Irish Agricultural Museum all across the 120-acre estate. The result will be a world-class visitor attraction for everyone to enjoy and it will create social and cultural benefits plus increase tourism numbers and revenue for Wexford,” she continued.

“We are delighted that works at Johnstown Castle are well underway. We have a team working on the restoration within the Castle itself and within what is an incredibly 86 metre long Servants’ tunnel and we also have another project team working on the construction of a brand new Visitor Centre which also includes a retail space and a new 120 seat Café,” said Tom Doherty, Chief Operations Officer of Teagasc.

The works taking place inside Johnstown Castle and the construction of the new visitor centre are wide-ranging and continue apace over the summer months; despite this, the works do not impact the facilities currently open to the public at The Irish Agricultural Museum and Tearoom along with the Johnstown Castle Gardens and for the months of July and August the Museum, Shop and Tea Room will be open until 6pm daily with the Gardens open until 6.30pm.