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Shankill Castle
Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny
A visit to Shankill Castle offers a unique experience combining history, nature and art. The castle is a family home, and is often described as a living museum.

Shankill Castle is conveniently located just off the M9 motorway in Paulstown, on the Carlow/Kilkenny border. Visitors can take a guided tour of the castle and a stroll around the gardens, before stopping for homemade lunch, tea, coffee and cake in the Coach House Café, using fresh produce from the Victorian walled garden and local, organic and seasonal ingredients.

The castle was first built as a Butler tower house beside the ruins of a church. In 1708 it was rebuilt and set in a formal landscape. In the 19th century it was enlarged and castellated, adding a stableyard and castellated entrance to the demesne. Shankill is now home and studio to the artist Elizabeth Cope, and also host to an international residency for artists.

Open from April to October, Thursdays to Sundays, 10:00 to 17:00 with castle tour at 15:00. Visit in spring for snowdrops, daffodils and tulips, summer for the meadows, art exhibitions and sunny walks, and autumn for Halloween.

Group booking available all year round. Venue booking available for public and private events.

Tips from locals

View some artworks of accomplished artist Elizabeth Cope, on display around her home at Shankill Castle.

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