Shankhill Castle And Gardens

Paulstown , Co. Kilkenny

t: +353 59 9726145

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About Shankhill Castle And Gardens

Shankhill Castle And Gardens in Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny.

Shankill Castle started as a Bulter tower-house near the ruins of an old church. Peter Aylward bought the lands from his wife's family in 1708, and it was rebuilt and set in a formal landscape with a vista to the front and canal to the rear. In the 19th century, it was enlarged and castellated. The interior preserves much of its 18th century character and features including a Georgian staircase, Gothic plasterwork and a Victorian drawing room. Since 1991 Shankill Castle is home and studio to the artist Elizabeth Cope, whose paintings are on display.

In the garden there are remnants of 18th century lime alles, 19th century laurel lawns and sequoias and 20th century, self-sown ash trees.The moated garden, once a rose garden is now a spring garden, and the graveyard blooms all year round.

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