What’s On

We have vibrant and diverse events planned in the year ahead for all of our visitors including seasonal family events, cultural and garden events. Keep an eye on our social media and our website for updates.

To book tours and events at Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens, please click here.

Following Government advice in relation to COVID-19, Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens will be closed until 29th March. All events are cancelled until further notice. The health and safety of our members, volunteers, visitors and staff are of paramount importance to the Irish Heritage Trust.

We hope to welcome you back to Johnstown in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates. Thank you for your support and understanding.

March 14th – 17th  – Going Green for Saint Patrick’s Day – CANCELLED 

St. Patrick’s Weekend Leprechaun Green Challenge
Johnstown’s Leprechauns have taken over our Museum for St. Patrick’s Weekend! Leprechauns are synonymous with all things green and this year they’re asking our visitors to take their Green Challenge around the Museum and help save the planet! “We’re sick and tired of finding rubbish at the end of our rainbows”, said Shenanigans McMuffin, their spokesfairy. “It’s about time humans cleaned up their act and this St. Patrick’s day we’ve laid out a trail around the Museum with our advice on going green! We earn our gold from repairing fairy shoes and nothing is thrown away in our world. There will be craic and coins aplenty and don’t forget to wear something green!”

This is a family friendly event, entirely indoors, includes sweet treats, free to members and included in the usual Park entry fee for non-members. The Challenge takes place from Saturday, 14th March to Tuesday, 17th March, 12pm until last Challenge entry 3.30pm ( Museum & Walled Garden close 4.45pm, Café last serving 5pm & attraction closes 5.30pm). No need to book in advance as the Challenge is self-guiding.


March 21st – Living Willow Structures Day Workshop with Terry Dunne – CANCELLED

On this one day course, taught by Terry Dunne, aka Terry the Weaver, students will learn how to make a large living willow dome for a garden or play area. The workshop is being held in the beautiful gardens here at the Castle. Dress for the outdoors. The workshop will run from 10am-4.30pm. Cost is  €70 per person. To book your space call 0539184671 or email info@johnstowncastle.ie.


March 22nd – Walking with Giants, Celebrate National Tree Week – CANCELLED

Celebrate National Tree week by exploring the ancient trees of Johnstown Castle. Head Gardener Ciarán Fitzgerald will take you on journey through Johnstown Castles’ historical trees which span as far back as the 1840’s. During the hour long guided walk you will see an array of rare and unusual specimen trees as well as hearing about future plans for Johnstown Castles 50 acre woodlands. Talks take place at 12pm and 2pm. Call 0539184671 or email info@johnstowncastle.ie to register your interest.


April 3rd – 20th – Easter Egg-travaganza at Johnstown

Easter is one of our favourite times of year at Johnstown! As the Estate is so rich in wildlife our Outdoor Easter Trail features not only our bunnies but also our ducks and other birdlife and of course the Easter Bunny’s big brother; the Irish Hare! Our Indoor Easter Trail brings to life the stories of Easter in bygone days and the many Irish traditions for this special time of year. Both Easter Trails are only an additional €3 per participating child in addition to the usual entry fee. Members only pay €3 per participating child. The trails are self guiding so no need to book and the trails take place from April 3rd to Easter Monday inclusive (last admission 3.30pm, Museum & Walled Garden close 4.45pm, Café last serving 5pm, site closes 5.30pm)