Posted: 27 Jul 2017 10 Amazing Castles You Should Visit In Ireland

 1. The Malahide Castle

One of the oldest castles in Ireland, The Malahide has a long and rich history and played a central role in Medieval Irish history. The estate still looks immaculate and has survived such losses as the Battle of the Boyne and the Penal Laws. It was home to the Talbot family for almost 800 years (1185 to 1975).

Website: www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie

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2. The Ashford Castle

This medieval castle has grown over the centuries and has now turned into a five star luxury hotel. It is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World organisation and was previously owned by the Guinness family.

Website: www.ashfordcastle.com

ashford castle

 

3. Trim, County Meath

Located in Trim Town, this castle was built in 1173. This massive twenty-sided tower is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was used in the filming of Braveheart and is open to the public from 10am for a small fee. 

More Information: www.heritageireland.ie

Trim Castle

 

4. Ross Castle

Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and was built in the 15th century. It was built by O’Donoghue Mór. Legend has it that O’Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane. On the first morning of May every seven years he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives.

More information: www.heritageireland.ie

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5. Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle was built in 1520 by the Hynes Clan who were a prominent family in the area since 662. From mid-April to mid-October each year, the castle hosts medieval banquets where guests can enjoy a delicious four course meal and fine wines whilst be entertained by songs, stories and poems.

More Information: www.shannonheritage.com

dungaire castle

 

6. Blarney Castle

The castle originally dates from before 1200 and around 1210 a stone fortification was developed. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt. Set in acres of parkland filled with rare and unusual trees and plants, after you kiss the stone, you can stroll in one of the country’s most spectacular gardens here.

Website: blarneycastle.ie

blarney castle

 

7. Rock of Cashel

Just five minutes from the town centre, The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. 

Website: www.cashel.ie/rock-of-cashel 

rock of cashel

 

8. Rathfarnham Castle

During the 18th Century it was transformed into a Georgian Manor House. The defences and fortifications were removed which were unnecesary at that point. Tourists can see it from May - October. 

Website: rathfarnhamcastle.ie

rathfarnham castle

 

9. Doe Castle

It’s surrounded on 3 sides by water, and was built on a peninsula with a moat cleaved into the rock of the landward side. It’s one of Ireland’s more rustic castles, so don’t expect audio guides and tours. You’re on your own here.

More Information: www.heritageireland.ie

doe castle

 

10. Bunratty Castle

This fortress sits on Folk Park, an ancient Viking trading camp dating back to 970 A.D. It’s a brilliant place to enjoy a traditional medieval feast. In the banquet hall, women dressed in medieval gowns serve you hunks of pork, potato soup, bread and goblets of mulled mead.

More Information: www.shannonheritage.com

bunratty castle

 

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