The Greencastle Royal Castle is a North Irish castle located in County Down near Kilkeel. It is one of the best preserved ruined castles in the region and can be visited free of charge…. It would be a shame not to visit it!
The Greencastle Royal Castle is believed to date from the 13th century, although many modifications were made during the 15th and 16th centuries. Rather impressive, it would have been built on the orders of Hugues de Lacy, and was primarily intended to control and protect the comings and goings of Carlingford Lough, a strategic river at the time.
The construction of the castle required a colossal amount of work: it must be said that the castle was built on a rocky outcrop previously dug out.
Rather complete, the castle consisted then:
Nowadays, the fortified walls have disappeared, but many vestiges still remain, including the keep, the main enclosure, and the stables! The place is superb, and really ideal for a small visit!
closed in winter. Random openings in summer. Contact them for confirmation
Duration: 45 minutes