Leighlinbridge Castle

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Leighlinbridge Castle is an Irish fortified castle, located in the village of Leighlinbridge, County Carlow. It is said to date from the 12th century, and is one of the first Norman castles in the area. Although partially in ruins, Leighlinbridge Castle is still accessible to visitors, to the delight of lovers of medieval construction.

History of Leighlinbridge Castle

A Castle built to control the Barrow River crossings

Leighlinbridge Castle, also known as Black Castle, is located not far from Carlow, in the small village of Leighlinbridge on the banks of the Barrow River.

It is believed to have been built in 1180 by the Norman Hugues de Lacy to watch over a particularly busy section of the Barrow River and thus effectively defend the village of Leighlinbridge and the town of Carlow.

The castle is said to have been altered over the centuries until it became a square tower in the 14th century, appropriated by the Kavanagh family.

The castle was then rebuilt in 1547 by Edward Bellingham and nicknamed the “Black Castle”. The castle was then sacked by Cromwell’s forces in 1650 during the Irish Confederate Wars.

Visit Leighlinbridge Castle

A complete visit of the castle, from floor to ceiling!

You will be able to visit the floors of the tower, after paying an entrance fee of 5 euros per person. The visit is guided and will make you discover the different rooms of the castle. You will then have access to the highest point of the tower, overlooking the village of Leighlinbridge and the Barrow River, which flows below the castle.

Practical informations

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Address Address: follow the R705. The castle is on the bank, at the level of a bridge in the village centre.
Lieu : (County Carlow)

Coordonnées GPSGPS : 52.735817,-6.974918

PricesPrices* :


*prix indicatif pouvant varier en fonction de la saison et de la politique de l'établissement.

SchedulesSchedules :

Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

DurationDuration: 30 minutes