Parke Castle was built on the banks of a 17th century plantation on the outskirts of Lough Gill. A magnificent castle of character, the construction is now open to visitors and takes you back to the time of the Irish 17th century.
Recent archaeological research has shown that there once existed on the site of Parke Castle, a first fort dating back to the 16th century, which is believed to have belonged to Sir Brian O’Rourke, a nobleman who was beheaded in London in 1591.
It would have been thus after having razed this square tower, that Robert Parke, a wealthy nobleman from the county of Leitrim, would have decided to have the castle of the same name built. He thus decided to be able to supervise his plantations, while benefiting from a strategic location on the edge of Lough Gill.
The castle passed from father to son until it was finally ceded to the Irish State, which decided in the 20th century to renovate it and open it to visitors.
The entrance costs 3€ per person, and gives you access to most of the rooms of the castle. You will discover a small picturesque courtyard, a dining room, a few bedrooms and a large living room. The furniture, exclusively in Irish oak, is a pure marvel, as is the rest of the decoration.
If you’re determined to explore the different floors, don’t miss the view from the main tower, which dominates Lough Gill and the surrounding area. The view there is magnificent on a clear day!
Finally, don’t hesitate to browse through the exhibition devoted to the history of the castle: you will learn how the fortress was built, how the plantations were administered, and the various renovation works that were subsequently undertaken to restore the castle. The exhibition is rather playful, and uses life-size mannequins dressed in period costume. Perfect for awakening the imagination of young and old alike!
every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.