Castles

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Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle is set on 250 acres of park land in the picturesque seaside town of Malahide.

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Dublin Castle

Built in the 13th century for King John by the Anglo Normans, Dublin Castle’s complex of regal buildings has symbolized seven centuries of British rule.

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Blarney Castle

What are the Best Castles to See in Ireland?

Ireland has no shortage of castles.

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Ross Castle

Ross Castle is located in Killarney, is set in an idyllic location among some of Ireland’s finest scenery.

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Ardgillan Castle and Demesne

Ardgillan Castle and Demesne

Ardgillan Castle is a beautiful, two-storied country house, with castellated features.

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King John’s Castle, Limerick

Located on King’s Island in Limerick, King John’s Castle offers panoramic views of the city and the River Shannon from its distinctive drum towers.

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Slane Castle

Slane Castle

The tiny Georgian village of Slane is located along the River Boyne.

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Athlone Castle and Visitors Centre

Built in 1210 by the Bishop of Norwich, John de Gray, Athlone castle was commissioned by King John of England.

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Ballytarsna Castle

Ballytarsna Castle

This tower house survives from the late 15th century.

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Roscommon Castle

Roscommon Castle

To the north of Roscommon Town sits this Norman Castle, built in 1269.

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Charleville Forest Castle

Charleville Forest Castle

Located near the town of Tullamore, Charleville Castle is nestled among the huge and ancient oak trees that were once held sacred by the Druids.

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Ballaghmore Castle

Ballaghmore Castle

Built in 1480 by the MacGillpatricks (Fitzpatricks) of Ossory, the castle was conveniently located on the Bealach Mor, or the road to Munster.

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Trim Castle

Trim Castle

One of Ireland’s finest castles and unmissable upon entering the town, Trim Castle truly dominates the surrounding landscape.

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Leamanagh Castle

Leamanagh Castle is the imposing ruin of a mansion house located between Corofin and Kilfenora in the region known as The Burren in County Clare.

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Castle Archdale Country Park

Castle Archdale Country Park

Castle Archdale Country Park occupies 230 acres along the shores of Lower Lough Erne.

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Castlewellan Forest Park

Castlewellan Forest Park

The manor house at Castlewellan is a granite structure built by the Annesley family in 1856.

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Knappogue Castle and Walled Garden

Knappogue Castle and Walled Garden

Situated near Quin, County Clare, Knappogue Castle, or Caislean na Cnapoige, means “the castle of the place abounding in little hills”.

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Dysert O’Dea Castle – The Clare Archaeology Centre

Clare Archaeology Centre is housed in a castle or, more correctly, a fortified medieval tower house, built in 1480 by Diarmud O’Dea, a Gaelic Lord.

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Lynch's Castle, Galway City

Lynch’s Castle, Galway City

This Town Castle is Galway’s best example of a fortified house, built by the prosperous Lynch family in the 16th century as protection from the raids of the chieftains of the 14 Tribes.

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Ferriter’s Castle

This ruin of a 15th century fortified tower house is beautiful due to its spectacular location near a cliff edge on the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.

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Donegal Castle

Donegal Castle

Donegal Castle, or O’Donnel’s Castle, is located in the centre of Donegal town.

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The Rock of Cashel

The word Cashel is derived from a Gaelic  word meaning “fortress” and it’s not hard to see why.

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Eniskillen Castle

Eniskillen Castle

The primary attraction in the town of Eniskilleen is Enniskillen Castle, a strategic and well-preserved stronghold along the River Erne.

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Swords Castle and Park

Located at the end of the main street of the north county Dublin suburb of Swords, this medieval castle was long the residence of the archbishops of Dublin.

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Castle Ward

Castle Ward

Castle Ward sits on the south shore of Stangford Lough, nestled amid woodlands, gardens and the beauty of the lakeshore.

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Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle

Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle

Glenveagh National Park is located in the wildest part of the Irish countryside, made up of 24,000 acres, encompassing moorlands, mountains, lakes and forests.

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Craggaunowen Project

Craggaunowen Project

Craggaunowen Project is a unique, open-air museum, and a historical experience unlike most others.

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Carlow Castle

Carlow Castle

Located in Carlow town, the original castle on this site was built around 1231 by William the Marshall.

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Benburb Valley Park and Benburb Castle

Benburb Valley Park and Benburb Castle

This Park is situated on the river Blackwater near the pretty village of Benburb.

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Rock of Dunamase

Rock of Dunamase

A short distance from the towns of Portlaoise and Stradbally, in dramatic contrast to the surrounding countryside of most of County Laois, rises the Rock of Dunamase.

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Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle is situated on a small, rocky island in the River Suir in County Tipperary – a natural spot for fortified structures since the third century.

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Tulleynalley Castle and Gardens, Castlepollard

Tulleynalley Castle and Gardens, Castlepollard

The village of Castlepollard is a colorful place, highlighted by the 17th century Gothic Revival Tunnynally Castle.

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Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle in Cork is most famous for its “Stone of Eloquence”, known internationally as the Blarney Stone.

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Lismore Castle

Lismore Castle

On a cliff near the Blackwater river, rises the ancient, charming and impressive Lismore castle, one of Ireland’s finest, and home to many famous dwellers.

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Lough Key Forest Park and Castle Island

Lough Key is one of Ireland’s most beautiful lakes, which can be reached by boaters on the River Shannon via the Boyle River.

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Birr Castle Demesne and Science Centre

Described by the state broadcaster RTE as “One of the Seven Wonders of Ireland,” Birr Castle in County Offaly has been the private family home of the Parsons family since the early 17th century.

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Parkes Castle

Parkes Castle

Parkes Castle sits proudly on the shoreline of Lough Gill at Five Mile Burren, just outside the town of Dromahair in County Leitrim, and only a few miles from Sligo town.

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Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle

The history of Kilkenny Castle dates back to 1172 when Strongbow — the popular name of Richard de Clare, Anglo-Norman conqueror of Ireland — built a wooden tower overlooking the River Nore.

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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Overlooking the River Shannon, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is one of the country’s top visitor attractions.

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O’Doherty’s Tower

O’Doherty’s Tower and Derry Tower Museum

Located inside the City Walls of Derry, this magical looking structure was first built in 1615 by Paddy O’Doherty to satisfy tax liability owed to the O’Donnell chieftans.

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Killykeen Forest Park

Killykeen Forest Park

Killykeen Forest Park is a beautiful mixed woodlands park, comprising 600 acres, woven around the lake and islands of Lough Oughter (pronounced Ooter).

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Leighlinbridge Castle

The original “Black Castle” , located in the pretty village of Leighlinbridge, Co.

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