Glanworth Castle is a 13th century castle, situated in the heart of County Cork, in the village of Glanworth. Built close to the Funcheon River, the castle dates back to the Anglo-Norman Invasions and has a typical structure of the time.
The history of the castle began in the 13th century, when a wealthy Anglo-Norman family decided to settle in Ireland in the village of Glanworth. At that time, the family was influential, and extended its power over much of the northern part of the Cork region. Deeply religious, they had a Dominican abbey established in 1475, and a bridge built at the same time (The Glanworth Bridge is famous for being the oldest and narrowest public bridge in Europe!) Since then, the castle, the abbey and the bridge still coexist in their ruins. A beautiful sight!
Indeed, the castle eventually fell into disuse over the centuries, and is now in a pitiful state. It still consists of a round tower, a keep, ramparts, and an old square tower raised above the rest of the fortifications. Nevertheless, the castle is in a state of ruins.
You will be able to admire it for free: the village has set up around it a kind of public park where it is pleasant to walk. It is possible to approach the building, provided you do not go inside. The site is fabulous, and has a charm worthy of the greatest castles in Ireland! It must be said that the ruins have something to do with it!