Listowel Castle is one of the most massive castles in the whole of County Kerry. Built on a hillside in the very centre of Listowel town (Kerry’s capital), the castle rises no less than 15 metres, and allows you to admire the surrounding countryside, as well as the River Feale, a river that flows beneath the fort.
Listowel is 15km from Ballybunion, and it will not be difficult to find Listowel Castle in the town centre. Once you arrive, you will have access to a Visitor Centre, where you will be introduced to the history of the castle through a small exhibition .
You will then learn that a first fortress was once built on the site of the present castle. This first fortress would have been built during the 13th century, then destroyed in the 15th century by the FitzMaurice, in order to build a new castle, much bigger and higher than the first one.
And to be high, Listowel Castle is high! At 15 metres high, it is composed of 2 large square towers of 4 floors, topped by fords, which at the time allowed the castle to watch out for hypothetical assailants. Each tower of the castle is then connected by an imposing and very wide surrounding wall, keeping nevertheless a height equal to that of the towers.
The condition of the castle deteriorated somewhat over time, and some renovation work was then undertaken, and a staircase was added to allow visitors to access the upper levels of the castle.
from the end of May to mid-September, Monday to Sunday from 9.20 am to 5.30 pm
Duration: 45 minutes