WORKS BEGIN AT JOHNSTOWN CASTLE

We were delighted to report that in April, building and improvement works began at Johnstown Castle, Estate & Gardens, Wexford. There will be significant conservation and upgrading works undertaken on the Castle itself, allowing it to be opened to the public and a new Visitor Centre is also being constructed on the property. The new facilities will open in early 2019.

Teagasc, the owner of the property, is partnering with the Irish Heritage Trust and the Irish Agricultural Museum to secure the future of Johnstown Castle and its gardens, thanks to the generous support of Government. “We are delighted to report that in 2019 the Castle will be open to the public for the first time in thirty years”, said Tom Doherty of Teagasc. “We will be offering an exciting visitor experience with access to three floors of the castle, access to the original servants’ tunnel and a new visitor centre with a café and shop.  “We are also working on a new road layout which is safer for cars and buses as well as improved paths in the gardens and grounds,” he continued.

“Johnstown Castle, Wexford’s greatest surviving country estate, is a significant building of national importance and we are carrying out conservation works required to allow greater public access, including essential repairs and electrical work,” said Clare McGrath of the Irish Heritage Trust. “Later it is hoped to refurbish the main rooms but in the meantime, visitors can see inside the wonderful Castle for the first time in many years. We are delighted with the interest and passion local people have in this special place and we hope, as the project develops, everyone will find ways to get involved at the property to help us care for Johnstown Castle and share it with everyone,” she continued.

In the meantime the Johnstown Castle Gardens and the Irish Agricultural Museum are open for visitors where they can enjoy a nostalgic journey through Irish farming and social history, enjoy the stunning views or meander through the lush woodland gardens and around the lakes. Visit www.johnstowncastle.ie to learn more.

Interested in Volunteering at Johnstown?
We are excited to have already received enthusiastic offers of volunteering at Johnstown.  If you are interested in volunteering at Johnstown in 2019, please contact: johnstowncastle@irishheritagetrust.ie