Howth Castle, home of the Gaisford-St Lawrence family for 800 years, is open to the public for Guided Tours on Sundays during June, July and August and on Saturdays in July. Guided public tours will include the formal rooms in the Castle. Tickets are €20 with discounts for families and the unwaged.
Howth Castle was originally built on its present site in 1235 and elements of the Castle date back to 1425, including the tower in the front courtyard. Originally the residence of the Earls of Howth, today it is the family home of the Gaisford St Lawrences’, as it has been in the same family throughout its long history it provides an excellent example of how historic houses evolved in Ireland over the centuries.
Julian Gaisford St Lawrence at the launch of the Guided Tours said “We are delighted to welcome visitors to the Castle for Guided Tours, we understand that there is a lot of interest in Howth Castle as it one of the oldest residential Castles in Ireland and we are offering a tour which will provide an insight into the Castle and its residents over the centuries.”
Visitors will be guided through the formal rooms which have welcomed guests such as Queen Victoria and Bing Crosby, the tour will also include stories of Grace O Malley’s visit and the mighty Sword of Howth.