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CASTLE & SERVANTS’ TUNNEL

The Castle at Johnstown is a gem of Gothic Revival architecture. It is surrounded by spectacular ornamental gardens designed by Daniel Robertson who was also responsible for the Gardens at Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow.  The first owners were the Esmondes – a Norman family which settled in the county in the 1170s. They constructed the tower houses at Johnstown and Rathlannon. During the Cromwellian period of 1650s the estate was confiscated and changed hands several times before being acquired by John Grogan in 1692. His descendants owned Johnstown up until 1945.

Our expert and passionate guides will take you on a one hour tour of the castle (pre-booked). Entering through the grand porch, you will get a real sense of what life was like in the castle in the 19th century from the lavish entertaining upstairs to the basement kitchens and very rare 86 metre servants’ tunnel – believed to be the longest in the country.