Castles

A castle to rival Balmoral in a spectacular location, Marilyn Monroe and Evictions

Glenveagh Castle is located in the stunning Glenveagh National Park in co.Donegal. It was built between 1867 and 1873 by Captain John Adair who tried to recreate a castle retreat better than Balmoral. He was also responsible [...]

One of Ireland’s largest castles and a battle scene in Excalibur

Cahir Castle located in the town of Cahir. co.Tipperary was built around 1142. This is NATIONAL MONUMENT IS one of Ireland's largest castles and is strategically located on an island on the River Suir. The word [...]

Killarney’s finest castle beside lakes, mountains and rivers

Ross Castle is located in a spectacular location on Ross Island by the shores of Lough Leane. It was built sometime in the late 15th century by the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains and was surrounded by [...]

One of the last great Victorian Baronial houses to be built in Ireland

This is Clonyn Castle in the village of Delvin in co.Westmeath. It was built in 1876 by the Nugent family - one of the oldest Norman families in Ireland. Sir Gilbert de Nugent, originally from [...]

Delvin Castle, Delvin. co.Westmeath c.1310

Located in the middle of Delvin village are the remains of Delvin Castle. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a square block in the middle and 4 corner cylindrical towers at each corner, [...]

Ballinafad Castle, Ballinafad. co.Sligo 1590

Ballinafad Castle was built in 1590 and is also known as the 'Castle of the Curlews'. It has had a turbulent history due to it's strategic location that controlled the Red Earl's Road through the [...]

Battle of the Boyne, Spectre’s, dying soldiers & blood covered hands

This foreboding looking building is Athcarne Castle located in Balrath co. Meath.  It was built for William Bathe in 1590. The Bathe family produced a number of well known legal and political personalities around the [...]

One of our earliest Norman castles and one of the most continuously ‘lived-in’ buildings in Ireland

Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after the Norman Invasion of Ireland. This is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited buildings in Ireland. Leixlip means 'salmon [...]

37 owners so far including Eric Clapton

Barberstown Castle is located in Straffan. co.Kildare. It was built around c.1500 on the grounds of an earlier Norman castle built by Nicholas Barby in 1288. Over the next 800 years it has passed into [...]

Castle built on a location that’s been an important strategic site for thousands of years

White's Castle was built in 1417 by Sir John Talbot, Viceroy of Ireland, to protect the inhabitants of Athy from the 'wild Irish'. This location on the banks of the River Barrow has been an [...]

Time Team investigates this magnificent castle built by a renegade Norman

Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. This site was chosen by John de Courcy sometime around 1172 following his invasion of Ulster. De Courcy was [...]

The Pooka, a spooky disappearance and King James II

These are the ruins of Puck's Castle, located in south county Dublin. Many of these structures were built around Dublin between 1400 and 1550 to protect the 'Pale' from the 'wild Irish'. Other similar structures [...]

One of the best preserved 16th-century tower houses in Ireland

Narrow Water Castle is located in Warrenpoint. co.Down and dates from c.1560. It is regarded as one of the best preserved 16th-century tower houses in Ireland. This was originally the strategic site of a keep [...]

One of the few moated castles in Ireland

Drimnagh Castle in Drimnagh. co. Dublin was built in 1240. It is one of the few moated castles in Ireland. The original castle here was built around 1240 by a Norman Knight called Hugo de [...]

Once regarded as one of Dublin’s finest residences

Monkstown Castle is located in Monkstown in south co.Dublin. The first castle here was built on a large farm by the Cistercian Monks of St Mary’s Abbey between the 14th and 15th centuries. This area [...]

Once converted into 3 tenements

Slade castle (1470) is located in the picturesque fishing village of Slade on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford. The original castle here was built by the Laffin family in the late 1400s. The Laffins [...]

The earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland and one the largest Norman castles in Europe

Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but is also the largest Norman Castle in Europe. It was built in 1176 by Hugh de Lacy and his son [...]

Fought over by the Maguires, the O’Donnells, the O’Neills and the British

Enniskillen Castle in co. Fermanagh was built in the late 1400's at a strategic location on Lough Erne by Hugh 'The Hospitable' Maguire. Over the years it has been fought over, captured and retaken by the [...]

One of the finest and strongest Gaelic castles in Ireland

Donegal Castle located in Donegal Town was built by Hugh Roe O'Donnell in 1474. It is  regarded as one of the finest and strongest Gaelic castles in Ireland. It consists of a 15th-century rectangular keep [...]

One of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland

Monea Castle is located in the parish of Monea in co.Fermanagh. it was built in 1618 by Rev. Malcom Hamilton and is one of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland. It's [...]

A bloody history on the night before Christmas

Tully Castle is located in Derrygonnelly in co.Fermanagh. It was built in 1612 for a Scottish planter called Sir John Hume and has a bloody history. It is a fortified tower house with 4 rectangular corner [...]

The last original wooden roof of a castle to survive in Ireland

This national monument is the impressive Dunsoghly Castle located in St Margarets in north county Dublin. It is one of the few 15th century fortified tower houses in Ireland to have survived intact. It consists of [...]

The O’Briens, The rich and famous and The Hill of Litigation

Dromoland Castle is located in Dromoland in co. Clare. This is one of the most beautiful and desirable 5* hotels in Ireland. It is believed that this location was the ancestral home of the O’Briens [...]

A fantasy castle, The Humes and a ground breaking court case

Humewood Castle was built in 1872 and is located in Kiltegan. co.Wicklow. The Humes formerly lived in a fortified tower house built here in the 15th century which has passed down through successive generations of the [...]

An Arch-Bishop’s luxury pad, An orchard and The Tudors

Swords Castle is located in the town of Swords in north county Dublin and dates from 1190 a.d. In 1181 John Comyn succeeded Laurence O'Toole as the 1st Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin and it appears [...]

One of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland but don’t look out the window

Castle Roche is one of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It was built in 1236 by the De Verdun family and the steep rocky outcrop along with it's strong walls made it virtually [...]

A castle in transition – guns and flowerboxes

This National Monument is Portumna Castle located in Portumna co.Galway. It was built in 1618 and is regarded as a very interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house [...]

Home to the Butlers for nearly 600 years & one of the most visited castles in Ireland

Kilkenny Castle is located on a strategic site that commands a crossing on the River Nore in Kilkenny City. What you see today is a complex structure of various architectural styles built over 800 years. [...]

A claimant to the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland, The Wizard Earl & the Fitzgerald Dynasty

Kilkea Castle is located in Castledermot in co.Kildare. It was built in 1426 and is a claimant of the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland (so does Malahide Castle!) -. This site was chosen for [...]

One of Ireland’s finest keeps with a turbulent history

Nenagh Castleis located in Nenagh in co.Tipperary. It was built c.1216 and was the main castle of the Butler family for 200 years before they moved to Gowran in co.Kilkenny. The family later splashed out [...]

The Quiet Man, The Guinness Family and Ireland’s premier 5* resort

Ashford Castle is located in Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib in co. Mayo. This is a 5 star luxury hotel which has won numerous global awards. The oldest section of the castle dates [...]

The Vikings, The O’Briens, dungeons and a no.1 tourist attraction

Bunratty Castle is located in the village of Bunratty in co.Clare. This is one of the most impressive castles and one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland. This was the location of a former [...]

A carefully chosen location for a Pirate Queen

Rockfleet Castle is located near Newport in co.Mayo. It dates from the mid 1500's and was the main stronghold of Grace O’Malley (c.1530- c. 1603) - The ‘Pirate Queen of the West’. This strategic location [...]

Once regarded as the most beautiful city in Ireland, King John & A city under siege

King John's Castleis located in Limerick City. This was a a Viking stronghold in the 900's but the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in 1172 changed everything. In 1200, King John of England who was then [...]

The Athens of Ireland

The Rock of Dunamase is located in Dunamase in co.Laois. This is an ancient site and one of Ireland's most impressive locations for a castle as it sits on a limestone outcrop 150 feet above [...]

A key ancient site, a holy well and St Patrick

Dunseverick Castle is located at Dunseverick in co.Antrim. This location was regarded as a 'key' site in ancient Ireland as this was the point where one of the royal roads from Tara ended. It has [...]

The Mac Sweeneys, The O’Dohertys & The O’Neills – and O yes.. Brian McFadden!

Doe Castle is located near Cresslough on the shore of Sheephaven Bay in co.Donegal. It is surounded by water on three sides and is similar in style to a Scottish tower house. It was built [...]

The largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland on the edge of The Pale

This national monument is Ardee Castle located on the main street of Ardee in county Louth. It is the largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland. The original structure on this site was founded by [...]

Grip Fast, Paul McCartney & Winstown Churchill

Castle Leslie is locate in Glaslough in county Monaghan. The Leslie Family can trace their ancestry back to Atilla the Hun of Hungary and to a nobleman called Bartholomew Leslie. Bartholomew saved Margaret Queen of [...]

The Plunkett’s, Hugh de Lacy and a stunning new golf course

Killeen Castle is located in Dunsany in county Meath. The present structure was built in 1820 however there has been a castle on this site for 800 years starting when Hugh de Lacy built a [...]

A castle lost in the middle of Phoenix Park for 250 years

There is a fascinating story why this castle looks so new....Ashtown Lodge was originally located on this site and in 1978 due to the presence of dry rot it was decided to demolish the 18th [...]

Famous diaries, Completely original interiors & Spectacular sea views

Ardgillan Castle is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the town of Skerries in north county Dublin. It has spectacular views out to the Irish Sea and up to the Mourne Mountains in co. Down. [...]

King John’s Castle, Carlingford. co.Louth – c.1200

King John's Castle is a national monument and can be found in the beautiful village of Carlingford. It was allegedly built for King John of England in 1200 however recent research suggests that it may [...]

Once a prosperous trading port with 5 Royal charters & The Earls of Carlingford

Taaffe's Castle is situated in the beautiful medieval town of Carlingford. It was built around 1520 as a fortified townhouse and a trading depot for the Taaffe family. The Taaffe's later became the 'Earls of [...]

Dunluce Castle, Bushmills. co.Antrim – built c.16th & 17th centuries

Click edit button to change this text. The stunning ruins of Dunluce Castle is used extensively to market Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. It is located on the north Antrim coast on top [...]

Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus. co.Antrim – 1177

This castle is one of the best preserved medieval structures in the whole of Ireland. It was built by the Norman conqueror John de Courcy in 1177 who was then ousted in 1204 by another [...]

Carlow Castle, Carlow Town. co.Carlow – c.1180

Carlow Castle was at one time one of the finest Norman castles in the country. It was built around 1213 by William Marshall on the site of an even earlier Norman Motte and Bailey fort built [...]

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, Dalkey. co.Dublin – c.15th century

Dalkey is one of the prettiest and most exclusive villages in Ireland. It was once noted for it's seven castles of which only two remain, this one, and Archibald's Castle on the other side of [...]

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