Irish castles

Irish castles


What would be Ireland without its emblematic and indescribably charmful castles? Whether preserved or ruined, they are all places of mystery and full of a strong historical background… Sieges, battles, coronations, turf wars, don’t wait any longer to discover what lies behind these old-weathered buildings. Click here to for further information!

Castles in Ireland

More than 3000 castles scattered throughout Ireland!

Castles occupy a very special place within Irish history… Great living historical testimonies, they convey numerous centuries of conflict with the Realm of England.

Whether preserved or ruined, they all have their own charm and history. Sieges, battles, victories, defeats…, events are countless and exciting! They will reveal you the medieval past of the country in all its glory, among the Anglo-Irish conflict, clans-rivalries and mighty battles for power…

There are no less than 800 castles throughout Ireland (including Northern Ireland). Most of them provide a free of charge access. Concerning the others, a specialist travel-guide will be pleased to show you the sites from every possible angle (for as little as 5 to 15€ maximum). Caution if you want to explore the inside, some castles are ruined and even dangerous. Don’t hesitate to ask before you enter!

Map of Irish castles





Irish castles : the must to see

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Kylemore Castle is an imposing Irish castle, built near Letterfrack in Connemara… Built in...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.62/5 (2,905 votes)
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The Blackrock Castle Observatory is a magnificent Irish castle, built on the banks of...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.45/5 (1,210 votes)
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Think about the ruins of a magnificent castle standing proudly on the highly steep...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.12/5 (813 votes)
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It is in the small village of Kinvara that stands the magnificent Dunguaire Castle,...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 2.97/5 (811 votes)
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If you ever pass by Malahide, near Dublin, then don't miss its famous castle!...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.18/5 (788 votes)
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Situated on a hill overlooking the village of Mullaghmore, Classiebawn Castle is an Irish...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.36/5 (750 votes)
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Clifden castle is a ruined manor house situated west of the town of Clifden,...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.82/5 (486 votes)
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King John's Castle is a must-see castle if you're passing through County Limerick in...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.53/5 (382 votes)
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Blarney Castle is a must to dive into the heart of Irish medieval history....[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.70/5 (232 votes)
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Located on the eastern side of cave hill, wth a wonderful view of Belfast,...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.68/5 (221 votes)
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Howth Castle is an Irish castle located in the heart of County Dublin. Built...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.63/5 (142 votes)
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Donegal Castle is a beautiful 15th century castle built in County Donegal. Built by...[...]




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