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Shankill Castle


Shankill Castle Paulstown Kilkenny
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Shankill Castle Paulstown Kilkenny

Shankill Castle is a unique family home often described as a living museum. It was first built as a Butler towerhouse near the ruins of a pre-reformation church. In 1708 it was rebuilt and set in a formal landscape, vista to the front and canal to the rear, by Peter Aylward. In the 19th century it was enlarged and castellated, serpentine bays added to the canal and an unusual polyhedral sundial given pride of place on a sunken lawn. The stable yard and castellated entrance to the demesne are attributed to Daniel Robertson.

Nowadays visitors can take a guided tour of the castle and a walk around the gardens. Visit in spring for snowdrops, daffodils and tulips, summer for the meadows, art exhibitions and sunshine walks, autumn for the ScareFest, ghost tours and wand and quill making, winter for drawing classes and winter workshops.


Paulstown, Co Kilkenny.

Ideally situated in the quant town of Paulstown, bordering Kilkenny and Carlow. Situated in Irelands Ancient East and just 15 minutes from Kilkenny city centre.

Facilities and Services 

•  Art Studio and Exhibitions • Garden Walks • Castle Tours • Tea Room • Accommodation • Ghost Tours • Winter Drawing Classes • Winter Workshops

Castle and Garden Tours 

Shankill Castle is a living museum in Ireland’s Ancient East. Wander through time and explore our unique heritage and culture on a guided tour around the Castle when you will learn about the history of the house as well as view the exquisite antique collection and its eclectic contents juxtaposed against vibrant contemporary art work. Visitors can roam the extensive gardens, steal a few raspberries in the walled garden, visit the donkeys and get lost on a romantic woodland walk. The castle and gardens are open every weekend during summer and by appointment at other times.
Corporate and Event Facilities 

Shankill Castle is the perfect setting for your special event. We will create a unique experience for birthdays, weddings, hen parties, corporate and group gatherings. We host exceptional and unforgettable events throughout the year ranging from internationally renowned contemporary art exhibitions, artist workshops and children’s activities to terrifying ghost tours and Cluedo-like murder mystery dinners. At Shankill Castle we can create a personalised event especially for your party.


Shankill Castle, with its rustic charm, welcomes guests to relax in the magnificent drawing room, eat their breakfast in the dining room overlooking the lake and wander in the lush formal and kitchen gardens and woodland walks. Guests have access to their bedrooms and bathrooms, the main reception rooms, and the gardens and woodland.

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