Clifden castle is a ruined manor house situated west of the town of Clifden, Ireland. Lost in the heart of nature, on a small peninsula, the castle has for sole neighbours both a haven of greenery and the fury of the ocean which ruthlessly beats the rocks barely a kilometer away from there. A castle located in the midst of outstanding irish landscapes that will force your admiration and definitely worth the visit!
Built in 1818 by John D’Arcy (founder of Clifden’s village), the castle was constructed in the Neo-Gothic style, which was highly popular at the time.
The most distinctive architectural features of this magnificient castle are indeed the south-east rounded tower, a square tower as well as the entry tower itself divided in two turrets.
Later on, by the 1850’s/1860’s, the castle was yet also enriched with newer refurbishments and ornaments, added by the Eyre family, new owners of the manor after John D’Arcy’s death.
The property also harbors a large walkway built in 1815 in the medieval style. Besides, the first landlord got also erected several “menhir” on his estate, one of which being supposedly carved by prehistoric men!
Such a fascinating and monumental place, so charming too! Indeed, the luxuriant vegetation that overruns the ruined parts of the castle undoubtedly gives to the area a romantic and ageless atmosphere that will put you under its spell… A feeling reinforced by the closeness of the sea which offers to Clifden castle an even more mysterious and dramatic aura.
In short, a unique place to be discovered absolutely, especially given its full free access!
Be careful, though: we recommend you to avoid venturing inside the walls of the mansion. Its despaired architecture is weakened indeed; it would thus be unfortunate that you harm yourself or make damages to this gorgeous castle, vestige of a left out heritage.