Ruined Castles

Clonmines Medieval Borough, Wellington Bridge. co.Wexford c.13th-16th centuries

This interesting site is one of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland. Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an [...]

Ducketts Grove, Rainstown. co. Carlow 1818-1850

These are the incredible ruins of Duckett's Grove, located in Rainstown in co. Carlow. This great house was once home to the Duckett family who were the largest landowners in co. Carlow for 300 years [...]

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 [...]

Athcarne Castle, Balrath. co.Meath 1590

This foreboding looking building is Athcarne Castle. It was built for William Bathe in 1590. The Bathe family produced a number of well known legal and political personalities around the 16th and 17th century. It [...]

Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, co. Down c.1180

Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. A motte and bailey castle was built here on the site of an earlier ring fort by John de [...]

Monkstown Castle, Monkstown. co.Dublin c.1450

The first castle here was built by the Cistercian Monks of St Mary’s Abbey at the centre of a large farm between the 14th and 15th centuries. This area was at the border of the [...]

Monea Castle, Monea. co.Fermanagh – 1618

Monea Castle was built in 1618 by Rev. Malcom Hamilton and is one of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland. It's two massive semi-cylindrical towers sit on either side of the [...]

Tully Castle, Derrygonnelly. co.Fermanagh -1612

Tully Castle 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 towers and is located on a [...]

Dunsoghly Castle, St.Margarets. co.Dublin c.1450

This national monument is the impressive Dunsoghly Castle located only about 2 miles from the runway of Dublin Airport. It is one of the few 15th century fortified tower houses in Ireland to have survived intact. [...]

Swords Castle, Swords. co.Dublin c.1200 (Sord-‘clear or pure’)

In 1181 John Comyn succeeded Laurence O'Toole as the 1st Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin and it appears that he chose Swords as his chief residence. This castle was built as his manorial residence and was [...]

Castle Roche, Crossroads. co. Louth -1236

Castle Roche is one of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It was built in 1236 by the De Verdun family and it's location commands extensive views of the countryside all around. The steep [...]

Nenagh Castle, Nenagh. co.Tipperary – 1220

Nenagh Castle was built c. 1216 and was the main castle of the Butler family before they moved to Gowran, County Kilkenny in the 14th century. The family later purchased Kilkenny Castle which was to [...]

Rock of Dunamase, Dunamase. co.Laois – built c.1170 on ancient site

This national monument is The Rock of Dunamase. It is one of Ireland's most impressive historical sites as it sits on a limestone outcrop (known as a hum) 150 feet above the flat surrounding plains. [...]

Dunseverick Castle, Dunseverick. co.Antrim. c.1540

Dunseverick Castle is located in what 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  a well which was [...]

Carrickabraghy Castle, Doagh Island. co.Donegal – c.1590

Carrickabraghy Castle was one of a network of castles built to defend and protect the Inishowen lands belonging to the O'Doherty clan in the late 1500's. It was built using sea-sand mortar on a strategic [...]

Northburg Castle, Greencastle. co.Donegal – 1305

Northburg Castle is locally known as 'Greencastle' and was one of the most impressive Norman castles built in Ireland. It was built by Richard de Burgh in 1305 (The Red Earl of Ulster) on a [...]

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 [...]

Taaffe’s Castle, Carlingford. co.Louth – c.1520

Taaffe's Castle is situated in the beautiful medieval town of Carlingford. It was built at the start of the 16th century as a fortified townhouse and a trading depot for the Taaffe family. The Taaffe's [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Burt Castle, Burt. co.Donegal – c.1580

Burt Castle was built around 1560 - 1580 and and would have originally been located on an island surrounded by marshland. This was just one of a network of castles built around Inishowen by the [...]

Harry Avery’s Castle, Newtownstewart. co.Derry – c.1350

These are the remains of Harry Avery's Castle built around c.1350 and is located near the town of Newtownstewart in co. Tyrone. It is named after Harry Avery O'Neill, a local chieftain belonging to the [...]

Kilgobbin Castle, Stepaside. co.Dublin – c.1476

Kilgobbin Castle is located near the village of Stepaside. It was built around 1476 by the Walshe family who were 'marcher lords' of the area and controlled extensive tracts of lands in South Dublin. These [...]

Ferns Castle, Ferns. co.Wexford – 1220

Ferns Castle is located in the historic village of Ferns and is considered to be one of the finest examples of a Anglo-Norman fortress in Ireland. It would have been built in the shape of [...]

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