One of the first projects is to create the access, welcome and visitor facilities that will enable a great day out at the Castle and Gardens.
The Lower Courtyard
Adjacent to the car park, the courtyard area at the lower end of the estate is being redeveloped into a multi-functioning space with café, visitor information, ticketing and meeting spaces for visitors, schools and groups arriving by car.
A number of exciting discoveries have been made in this area, including the remains of early eighteenth century Pineapple Houses and original Hot House walls. These are thought to be from one of the earliest sets of large greenhouses constructed at a private residence in Ireland. We will preserve the remains of these historic structures and bring to life the stories they have to tell.
The Stable Yard
The Stable Yard, built in the 1780s and located at the upper end of the estate, is being restored and adapted to create a café, shop and facilities for visitors arriving to the Castle from the town and for local residents and community groups to enjoy. The new Clore Learning Centre will be located on the first floor.