The Narrow Water Castle is a fortified tower, located near the seaside village of Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland (Co. Down). Built in the 16th century, it is a listed monument, and beautifully preserved… It was built on the banks of the river Clanrye, which makes it a castle with inimitable charm!
Before the construction of this tower, there was a dungeon, built in 1212, whose purpose was to repel the attacks of the great Hugh de Lacy, at the time of the Norman Invasions. But the keep did not resist the first Irish rebellions, and a new fortress was built in 1560, exactly where the keep stood.
The fortress has since been taken over by the Irish State in 1956, and registered as an Irish historical monument . It has been slightly renovated and is open to the public free of charge .
On your way to Warrenpoint, you won’t be able to miss the Narrow Water Castle, this fortress protected by an impressive surrounding wall, which once allowed it to watch over the river traffic, thus protecting Newry and Warrenpoint from the attacks of the Anglo-Norman Hugh de Lacy.
It is also possible to visit the castle (the visit is free and the castle is open every day from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm). You will be able to discover its interior rooms with their period furniture: enough to have a nice and fun time!
The tower, as we know it today, has all the typical characteristics of the fortified towers of the time: the plan is rectangular and rises over 3 floors, including bedrooms, keep, and banqueting hall . The whole magnificently overlooks the nearby river.