Irish castles


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Irish castles : activities and sites to visit

Kinsale’s Charles Fort

Localisation en Irlande
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A military fort overlooking beautiful Kinsale Bay. It was once responsible for the security of the town.

Castle Ward

Localisation en Irlande
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A site that was used as a filming location for the "Game of Thrones" series. A real landmark for the fans!

Trim Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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The opportunity to visit the ruins of an ancient Irish castle with remarkable architecture.

Athcarne Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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The castle would have been used as a lodging for King James II of England, a few days before the Battle of the Boyne broke out in 1690.

O’Brien Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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A fortified tower facing the Cliffs of Moher. Simply magical!

Craggaunowen Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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A castle transformed into a full-fledged public museum. Ideal for a family outing!

Raphoe Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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A building marked by assaults and sieges. It offers a fascinating view of Ireland in the past.

Renvyle Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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A ruined tower, lost in the middle of Connemara. Another testimony to Ireland's medieval past!

Athlone Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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Athlone Castle is a magnificent Irish fortress, built in the town of Athlone. Still intact today, this castle has endured many battles.

Ballinalacken Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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Built on a small promontory, its ruins cohabit wonderfully within the Irish countryside.

Doonagore Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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This private, non-visitable castle can be admired from the road. It faces the ocean and offers a beautiful landscape.

Drumharsna Castle

Localisation en Irlande
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An Anglo-Norman tower built during the 16th century. Heavily deteriorated over the centuries, it fits perfectly into the landscape!


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!