Dublin – Visit Santa at Ardgillan Castle


Visit Santa at Ardgillan Castle

*This event will not be taking place this year 2018*

Visit Santa, Mrs Claus and the Elves at Ardgillan Castle in Balbriggan, North Dublin

Christmas at Ardgillan Castle is a truly magical and fun experience for all the family. The Castle comes alive with a wonderful Christmas atmosphere and the scent of pine the air. This year there will be a Victorian Theme.

Visitors will be greeted by the Castle’s very own Butler who will explain to them what Christmas was like many years ago. There will also be a display showing the types of gifts the children would have had at Christmas back then. And outside theardgillan-castle-santa entrance to the Castle you will be able to view a Period Carriage – Santa is travelling in style this year!

Inside the Castle there will be plenty to entertain the children while they wait to enter the Grotto. Apart from the friendly Elves there will also be a Magician and rumour has it that Rudolf the Reindeer will be around to say hello.

Children will be able to post their letter to the North Pole via the special post box and they can colour in a drawing for Santa if they wish. They will also receive an age appropriate gift from Santa.

Tea/Coffee and food is available for purchase at the Castle Tea Rooms.

Photos presented in a protective cover available from the photographer.

Family Fun Tip:- Complimentary Minibus transfer from the car park to the entrance of the Castle and return

Santa’s Grotto Event Information

Venue:-   Ardgillan Castle Demesne, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

Classification :-  Family Christmas Tour / Event is suitable for children up to 12 years


  • Saturday December 3rd"Santa at Ardgillan Castle"
  • Sunday December 4th
  • Saturday December 10th
  • Sunday December 11th
  • Saturday December 17th
  • Sunday December 18th
  • Monday December 19th
  • Tuesday December 20th
  • Wednesday December 21st
  • Thursday December 22nd
  • Friday December 23rd

Times:- Tours start every 15 minutes from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm

Admission: –

  • €17 per the first child to include a photo and €12 for each additional child.
  • Adults are Free of Charge

Booking –

  •  Places are limited on the tours and time slots must be booked in advance.
  • Bookings for groups over 10 can be taken over the phone on 01 8492212
  • Additional photos may be ordered on the day

Booking Online:– You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the Ardgillan Castle Santa’s Magical Castle  ticket sales.

  • Please read the FAQ/ Terms and Conditions before you purchase your ticket.
  • Tickets are NON REFUNDABLE
  • Please retain proof of purchase, anyone without a receipt will not be permitted.
  • Tickets will not be posted out

Ardgillan Castle Demesne Opening Hours

The park is open all year round during the following hours:

  • November to January:-  10.00 – 17.00
  • February to March :-   10.00 – 18.00
  • April  :-    10.00 – 19.00
  • May  :-    10.00 – 20.00
  • June to August  :-  10.00  – 21.00
  • September :-   10.00am – 20.00
  • October :-     10.00 – 19.00

How To Get To Ardgillan Castle

  • By Car

The Park is located between Skerries and Balbriggan and the route is well signposted from the M1/N1 Dublin-Belfast road to Balbriggan.

  • By Bus

Bus 33 from Eden Quay in  Dublin city centre.  –  The bus passes under Ladies Stairs footbridge entrance which is unusuable at present.  It is necessary to walk back to Barnageeragh bridge, and follow road to main entrance.


"Christmas at Ardgillan Castle 2016"



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