Howth Castle ( HOHTH) and estate lie just outside the village of Howth, County Dublin in Ireland, in the administration of Fingal County Council. The castle was the ancestral home of the line of the St Lawrence family (see: Earl of Howth) that had held the area since the Norman Invasion of 1180, and held the title of Lord of Howth until circa 1425, the Baron Howth to 1767, then Earl of Howth until 1909. The castle and estate are held since 1909 by their distaff heirs, the Gaisford-St Lawrence family.A visit to Howth Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Howth trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
The estate includes much of the peninsula of Howth Head, including extensive heathland and much of Howth's cliff walks, with views over Dublin Bay, light woodland, and the island of Ireland's Eye. On the grounds near the castle are golf, pitch and putt and footgolf facilities, a former hotel, formal gardens and a pond, rhododendron walks - and several small streams pass through the estate.
In October 2018, the family announced their agreement to sell the castle, demesne and Ireland's Eye to the Tetrarch investment group who intended to redevelop the hotel and course as a luxury resort. A 7-acre portion of the site zoned for residential development close to the castle gate was sold onwards by Tetrarch to Glenveagh Homes for €14m after the sale closed. Glenveagh's interim financial report notes they intend to build 200 apartments on the site with first deliveries in 2023.
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Howth Castle reviews
Howth Castle is still a private residence and tours can be arranged and they have public tours in August and September which can be booked on their website. The castle is impressive and well...
Howth Castle is still a private residence and tours can be arranged and they have public tours in August and September which can be booked on their website. The castle is impressive and well... more »
It is breathtaking to contemplate such a beautiful historical construction. I visited this magical place with my family, they loved it.
It is breathtaking to contemplate such a beautiful historical construction. I visited this magical place with my family, they loved it. more »
Great views of a beautiful castle. We were able to walk up to and around the castle and get some good photos. Did not experience any of the other offerings but enjoyed the quick trip to see the exterior of the castle. Fun stop when in Howth.
Not very accommodating when walking from town. A little standoffish atmosphere. Nice grounds for a quick look.
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