Ardgillan Castle is located in Balbriggan, Fingal County, Ireland. It is surrounded by 200 acres of park and has a beautiful garden on premises. Overlooking the Irish Sea and both the cities of Balbriggan and Skerries. The castle and grounds are open to visitors and contains an herb garden, rose garden, Victorian conservatory and tea rooms.
Built in 1738 by the Reverend Robert Taylor. Who knew being a reverend paid so well? It stayed in the Taylor family until 1962 and in 1982 was sold to the Fingal County Council that restored it and opened it to the public in 1992.
One of the interesting features for dog lovers is their “Paws at Ardgillan”. They have created a dog friendly cafe in the Gardener’s cottage. You can dine with your dog and is one of the first facilities of it’s kind in Ireland. Enjoy the grounds with your dog and then relax to a nice meal with your dog at the cafe.
As far as a tourist stop, it is a beautiful place overlooking the Irish Sea but not majorly historically significant. If you happen to be in Balbriggan or Skerries, it is definitely worth a stop, but I wouldn’t go too far out of your way too see this castle. We stopped as my wife’s brother lives in the area and we enjoyed our visit.
For opening times and more information click here to access the official site.