Howth Castle 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 the famous Howth 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 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
It is breathtaking to contemplate such a beautiful historical construction. I visited this magical place with my family, they loved it. more »
Many complaints on Tripadvisor regarding not being able to go in to the castle... well... PEOPLE LIVE THERE. I wouldn't want anyone touring the inside of my house either on a daily basis. The fact..... more »
Great history attached to this wonderful castle in Howth. Fantastic woods and walk through the brilliant area above the castle and super views from the top of the rock.well worth a visit.
Nice and interesting place. It’s sad that the Castle isn’t open for visiting. But still nice Castle and surroundings
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