Welcome to the Casino at Marino. Meet your guide, for an outline of our tour.4 min
Casino means 'little house', yet this casino is deceptively big.4 min
A small yet puzzling change to the design for the statue of Venus.2 min
Did this tunnel go 500 metres to Marino House? Did the rebels use it from 1912-22?4 min
Did Byron write this poetic memorial for a family pet called Neptune?3 min
A parkland paradise, with "plenty of peacocks and several kinds of foreign sheep"3 min
Charlemont let people visit his garden . . . provided they had a carriage!4 min
These walls once protected Charlemont's large kitchen and formal garden.5 min
The story behind the Caulfeild and Charlemont names
These great 'Dragon Gates' were the original main entrance to Charlemont's demesne.
The last surviving remnants of Charlemont's wonderful wooded demesne.
The ornamental Gothic room and the rustic wooden hermitage once stood by this wall.
After the estate was sold, the Catholic church built an orphanage and college here.
Dublin's new garden suburb was built, appropriately, on the old Marino garden demesne
You used to have to pay to travel the Malahide Road! For years it was a toll road.
The house used to stand on this site. Sadly, nothing is left of it now.
Built in 1792, this elegant crescent deliberately blocked Charlemont's view.
The Dragon Gates stood here into the 1900s, beside St Joseph's school.
In this tour we'll trace the garden paradise that James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont, created at Marino, starting in the 1750s. We'll take you to secret places, and follow in Charlemont’s footsteps. You'll get to see his secret tunnel and the walls of his great garden, discover where the ornate Gothic room stood, and where the rustic hermitage was hidden, and find the mythical dragons on his original gates.
You can also explore the elegant neoclassical Casino temple – which is all that survives of his garden paradise. And there's a free Treasure Hunt trail for children you can download from the Paradise Lost exhibition website.