One of Ireland’s historical gems, this amazing Castle is still lived in by descendants of the original builders. The guided tour (approx 35 mins) features the world famous Temple of Isis in the dungeons as well as Castle rooms and ghost stories. With formal gardens, an adventure playground, tearooms and giftshop, Huntington Castle is the perfect place for a day out.
Huntington Castle is the ancient seat of the Esmonde family who moved over to Ireland in 1192. The family name has changed twice due to inheritance down the female line and the present family name is Durdin Robertson, the direct descendants of the Esmondes.
Some notable ancestors include; Lady Esmonde (Alish O’Flaherty) – the grandaughter of Grace O’Malley the famous Pirate Queen of Connaught. Barbera St. Ledger, Edward King, Herbert Robertson MP, Nora Parsons, Manning Robertson, and latterly Olivia Robertson to name a few. Their stories and many more are told on the guided tour of the castle.
The Castle is presently lived in by three generations of the Durdin Robertson family, and the current owners Alexander and Clare Durdin Robertson are very much hands on with the business and can frequently be found giving tours, working in the gardens or making tea in the tearooms.
Gardens: Daily May to Sept
Castle: Weekends May & Sept and daily June, July, Aug
13:00–17:00 (last tour) plus Easter, Halloween & Christmas.
Admission Prices 2018:
Child (U12): €2.50
Castle Tour & Gardens
Child (U12): €4.00
Ample free parking (including Coaches) on-site
Off the N80, close to Wexford border
Clonegal, Co. Carlow, Ireland
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