The Black Castle is an Anglo-Norman fortress, located south of the port of Wicklow in Ireland. In ruins, it was built in 1176 by Maurice Fitzgerald, to whom the area had been given after the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century. The castle today is in poor condition, but offers a magical setting to the visitor! It must be said that the building was built on a rocky promontory, and overlooks the sea and the surrounding cliffs!
The Black Castle is a lovely spot to dive into the heart of Irish history, and admire the view over the surroundings of Wicklow. If the castle is currently in ruins, it’s because it is said to have suffered numerous attacks from local Irish clans, hostile to Anglo-Norman interference in their territory. These attacks would have occurred between the 12th and 16th century (notably by the O’Byrne and O’Toole), and would have damaged the castle, to the point of making it uninhabitable.
Anyway, the visit is free, and the ideal setting for some nice pictures, with a picnic in front of the sea. Icing on the cake: it is only a stone’s throw from the town of Wicklow!