Howth Castle is set for a huge makeover with a €10 million plan submitted for its redevelopment.
In a joint application, WSHI Ltd. and the Michal J Wright Group submitted planning permission to Dublin’s Fingal County Council which could see the historic site transformed into a tourist hotspot.
The plan includes major restoration works alongside refurbishments and the construction of new buildings.
The development proposes the demolitions of some farm buildings as well as converting both the castle’s ground floors and the stable areas from primarily residential use to hospitality and tourist retail use.
In the stable area, a 150-seat glass pavilion restaurant is planned alongside both gin-making and cookery schools.
On the ground floor of the stable yard, a number of artisan retail stores are envisioned.
Meanwhile, within the main castle building, there are plans to change the use of the upper ground floor into tea rooms and a reception area.
On the lower ground floor, there will be a conversion of rooms to tea rooms, kitchens and storage areas.
No further works or changes have been made for the other floors of the castle other than a fire upgrade.
On the castle grounds and within the renowned walled gardens, there are intentions to construct a garden centre, a falconry and petting farm as well as picnic and play amenities
The erection of a temporary marquee and ancillary facilities for wedding events is also in current plans.
A pedestrian entrance is planned to open from The Howth Road along with schemes for 6km of walks and cycleways through the estate which aim to link Sutton and Howth.
These works will all be undertaken by a single management company which will cover the castle, the stable areas and attendant lands.
In a statement announcing the planning application, the Michael J Wright Group assured that the National Transport Museum will remain in the heart of the new development.
The project promises the creation of 150 new jobs when the redevelopment is completed, with 100 jobs during the construction phase.
Tetrarch Capital has owned the Howth Castle Estate since 2019 with the Michael J Wright Group now taking a 25-year lease.
The plans were submitted to the County Council on January 31 2022.