Ireland is home to many amazing historic houses, castles and gardens, and they’re spread all over island, so you’ll be able to visit a few from almost anywhere you travel.
Many castles may make your jaw drop, but Blarney Castle
, County Cork, won’t let it shut again! Built in 1446 by the King of Munster, keep watch for the Badger’s Cave, the Dungeon, the Witch’s Stone and the Wishing Steps. It’s also, of course, home to the infamous Stone of Eloquence, which legend tells that those who kiss the stone shall gain the gift of eloquence (or gift of the gab). Oh, and although many go to purse their lips on a rock high up in the air, the gardens of Blarney Castle are simply glorious to explore, too.
A night at Crom Castle,
County Fermanagh, will make you feel like royalty. The Crom demesne includes two castles and nearly 1,900 acres of lush nature reserve. Stroll through the tranquil wetlands, farmlands and parklands and soak up the beauty of nature before heading indoors… Through the keyhole at Crom’s West Wing, bedrooms are available for rent, and guests can enjoy luxurious drawing and dining rooms, as well marvellous views of the landscape from every window. How cool is that?
If you’re looking for a little more action in your castle, then check out Glenveagh Castle and National Park
in County Donegal.The castle is a 19th century castellated mansion and was built between 1867 and1873, and established as a National Park in 1983. As well as touring the elegant castle, wander around the gardens, walk down by the lake or take a cycling trip around the estate. You can even try your hand at seasonal fishing on Lough Veagh… just make sure you get your permit first!
Back down to Dublin’s doorstep, and Powerscourt Estate and Gardens
in County Wicklow might well tick all the boxes for a super-cool visit! It’s got a pet cemetery, a wonderfully serene Japanese garden, a mouth-watering Avoca Café and a fabulous array of boutique shops (no problems with gifts for anyone here). And did we mention it was voted 3rd Greatest Garden inthe World by National Geographic? Stretching over 47 acres, with its six gorgeous gardens, golf course and Ireland’s highest waterfall (15 mins drive away) – plus a splendid view of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, there’s really noquestion as to why!
Find out more about Ireland’s amazing castles, houses and gardens here: Ireland’s gardens9 Epic Castles and Conquests
around Ireland's Ancient East