Love castles? While it isn’t possible at the moment to visit, here are some of the island’s most iconic castles. So when you can visit again, you’ll know where to start… Cahir Castle
in County Tipperary
is one of the most impressive. The distinctive castle is one of the largest in the country, and cuts an imposing figure overlooking the River Suir. It remains one of the country’s island’s best preserved castles, retaining its keep, tower and much of the original defensive structure.
If you find yourself in Dublin
, Malahide Castle
is just a short trip away. Situated in the centre of a lush parkland estate, this medieval stronghold boasts a rich history spanning 800 years. Discover incredible stories on an informative guided tour which details the castle's political and social history. Glenveagh Castle
is one of the more modern offerings - dating back to the late nineteenth century - but it’s no less impressive. Its remote setting, on the shores of Lough Neagh
, gives an image that is simultaneously haunting and romantic.
One of the Ireland’s most famous castles is Bunratty Castle
in County Clare
. This imposing fortified tower was built in the 1400s and had many notable owners, including the Vikings, the Normans and various Irish earls. It’s housed in Bunratty Folk Park, which features various village shops and farmhouses that are recreated in their original 19th century design.
One of the most visually striking castles in Northern Ireland
. Constructed in 1177 on the edge of Belfast Lough, it’s the only castle on the island that has been used continuously since it was built. The castle offers self guided tours and historical displays.
Last but not least, is the moody and striking Dunluce Castle
. Located on a steep cliff’s edge on the Antrim
coastline, this medieval fortress is a formidable yet dreamy sight to behold. It has such an imposing and cinematic quality that the castle was used for key scenes in HBO’s smash series Game of Thrones®. The stronghold was used to recreate the castle in Pyke, the seat of the fearsome House Greyjoy.
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