Welcome to Howth Castle


One Family’s Home for over 800 Years

Howth Castle is the private residence of the Gaisford-St Lawrence family. 

We believe that the fact that the house was home to the same family for so long is what makes it unique. Unlike many other houses of its size in Ireland it is not a museum or a hotel but a home which we enjoy sharing with others.

It has its origins in medieval times. In 1177 Almeric, the first Lord of Howth, came to Ireland with John de Courcy. Legend has it that on 10th August, the feastday of St Lawrence, at Evora Bridge, close to the Church of Ireland church he won a victory which secured him possession of the Howth peninsula. In gratitude for this he is said to have taken the name of St Lawrence. His descendants currently live in the Castle.


Developments concerning Howth Castle and the surrounding Estate 

History of Howth Castle

The original St Lawrence home would have been built by Almeric above the harbour but it is evident from a deed that by 1235 a new castle had been built on the present site in the middle of the fertile land. This again would have been built in wood.   Read More

 Visiting Howth Castle

Private tours can be arranged and tailored to the requirements of the group. Organisers of any groups interested in a tour should contact us through this website. We welcome schools and organisations that help educate young people at a much reduced rate. Read more


Castle Café

The Castle Cafe closed for the 2019 season.

Situated in the walled garden at the back of the castle with ample seating in the sun room or outdoor seating in the garden. The sun warms the walls that enclose the lawn area and creates a delightful sun trap to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee, delicious home made soups, tray bakes, scones and minerals.

The Cafe is not open in 2019

Howth Castle Cookery School

Howth Castle Cookery School, is not offering a class schedule at present. To make a group or corporate booking please contact the team on info@howthcastlecookeryschool.ie or telephone: 00 353 1 832 1027.