Irish castles


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Howth Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.68/5 (221 votes)
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A 14th century castle in perfect condition overlooking Dublin Bay.

Donegal Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.63/5 (142 votes)
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An emblematic Irish castle dating from the 15th century. To discover if you like Irish medieval history!

Leamaneh Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 4.71/5 (97 votes)
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Leamaneh Castle is a 15th century ruined manor house, located in the Burren National Park in Ireland. A building with a serious charm as we like them!

Dublin Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.84/5 (95 votes)
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Located in the city centre, Dublin Castle is a must-see monument in the Irish capital.

Kilkenny Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.55/5 (82 votes)
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A castle located in the centre of Kilkenny. Rather large it is in perfect condition!

Ashford Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.42/5 (50 votes)
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A completely renovated castle, converted into a luxury hotel!

Glenveagh Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 2.89/5 (45 votes)
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A castle built in 1870, lost in the heart of Glenveagh National Park. Its setting is magical!

Leap Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.20/5 (45 votes)
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Are you afraid of ghosts? Leap Castle would be a haunted castle, full of scary ghosts! Dare you venture there?

Ross Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.55/5 (42 votes)
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Ross castle is a must-see castle in Ireland! Located in the middle of Killarney National Park, it is a national treasure and a vibrant testimony of the Irish Middle Ages!

Ashtown Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.55/5 (42 votes)
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Ashtown Castle is an Irish fortified castle, located in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Built in the 15th century, it is now used as a Visitor Centre.

Elizabeth Fort

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.22/5 (37 votes)
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A fort in the city centre, originally built to protect the city of Cork.

Dunsandle Castle

Localisation en Irlande
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.87/5 (30 votes)
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A castle lost in the middle of the Irish forest. Its rooms can be visited!


What would Ireland be without its mythical castles, bearing an indescribable charm? Whether they are intact or in ruins, they are all full of mystery and strong history… Sieges, battles, coronations, turf wars, discover without further ado what lies behind these time-worn buildings. It’s this way to discover them in more detail!

Castles in Ireland

More than 3000 Irish castles scattered all over the country!

Ross Castle - _spy_ - cc

Ross Castle – ©_spy_cc

Castles have a very special place in the history of Ireland… Remains of high historical value, they alone evoke the many centuries of conflict with the Kingdom of England. Whatever their state, all of them have their own charm and history. Sieges, battles, victories, defeats… The episodes are numerous and exciting! They will reveal to you the medieval past of the country in all its splendour, between Anglo-Irish conflict, clan warfare, and fierce power struggles…

Not to mention the architectural beauty: Irish castles are home to many wonders! It must be said that the country has benefited from multiple influences for the construction of its castles. The Viking and then Anglo-Norman presence gradually shaped the architecture of several thousand forts.

There are more than 3000 castles throughout Ireland (including Northern Ireland). Most of them are accessible free of charge. For the others, a guide will be happy to show you the sites from every angle! (All this for a price ranging from 5 to 15€ maximum). Be careful if you explore them from the inside: some ruined castles are impassable and even dangerous! It is recommended to admire them from a distance and not to venture there: your safety is paramount, as well as the protection of the Irish historical heritage!

Please note that some buildings may also be located on private property. Do not hesitate to consult our guide before venturing there!