Castles & Historic Houses

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle was the centre of British rule in Ireland for centuries and scene of many contentious events over the years. It now houses state offices, but guided tours are …

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Kilkenny Castle

One of the earliest and most important Norman castles in Ireland sits high on a hill overlooking the river Nore at the heart of the city that grew up around …

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Trim Castle

Although now virtually in ruins Trim Castle is an excellent example of an early Norman defensive castle, with a thick outer curtain wall protecting the central keep. It is beautifully situated …

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Blarney Castle

A visit to Blarney Castle and a chance to kiss the Blarney stone are fixtures on many Irish tour itineraries, but is it actually a must-see or something of a …

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Donegal Castle

When it was originally built in 1474 by Hugh O’Donnell, chief of the O’Donnell clan, Donegal Castle was among the most impressive castles in the country, and over 6 centuries later it’s …

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Casino Marino

An architectural gem, this folly was built as a garden pavilion for James Caulfield, the 1st Earl of Charlemont, a wealthy landowner with a huge interest in art. The design is …

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Westport House and Gardens

An interesting old house in a beautiful location with Clew Bay on one side and a serenely lovely lake on the other. There is a virtual theme park in the grounds, …

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Cahir Castle

A particular good example of Ireland Norman castles, Cahir Castle has been well restored and visitors, especially younger ones, will enjoy exploring its keeps, towers and battlements. It has seen many …

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Thoor Ballylee

This small tower in a secluded location was once home to the poet William Butler Yeats, who restored it as a home for his family. Following his death it fell into …

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Emo Court

Emo Court is a Gandon designed Georgian house at the centre of a huge landscaped estate of gardens, walks and grand vistas. There is an arboretu with some splendid specimen trees …

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Birr Castle and Demesne

Once home to the world's largest telescope, Birr Castle has a fascinating collection of scientific and engineering items from Ireland's past. Although the house is still the private home of the …

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Barryscourt Castle

This is a domestic scale castle, typical of the type a wealthy family would have lived in in Norman Ireland. In this case it was the home of the DeBarry …

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