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A visit to Johnstown Castle was not in our plans but after repeatedly passing by signs directing us to the castle, we decided a quick look would not hurt. After stolling the castle grounds, we were glad we had taken the time to visit.

Photo above - Johnstown castle viewed from the other side of the 5-acre (man-made) lake.
The castle is situated in a large, mature, ornamental garden, planted sometime in the 1830's. The castle we see today was constructed for the Grogan-Morgan family sometime in the early 1800's.

Today, Johnstown Castle is used as a conference center and offices for an agriculture institute. At this time, there are no tours of the castle; one does not get past the reception desk with out an appointment. Despite being unable to tour the castle, we were delightfully surprised by the quality of the castles' gardens.

To the west of the man-made lake their are the ruins of Rathlannon Castle, a medieval castle that now provides a back drop for a woodland garden.

More pages on Johnstown Castle and gardens:
Johnstown Castle top page
A few photos from inside the Castle
Irish Agricultural Museum
The Gardens
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Johnstown Castle Research Center
A view of the north side of the castle.

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Much of the information on this page was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland