Category: Irish Castles

Swords Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Swords Castle

A ruined castle on a hill overlooking the town of Swords, County Dublin. It is close to the M11 motorway from Dublin to Belfast and may not be open all year round. Swords Castle was built in 1232 by the King of Connacht Aedh mac Ruaidri Ua Conchobair, with support from Henry III, King of […]

Dublin Castle Ireland
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Dublin Castle Ireland

A labyrinth of history. A medieval city under the shadow of a 13th century fortress. The centre of British rule in Ireland for 800 years and seat of British government since 1801. And yet, it is an Irish story and an Irish place – with a past that stretches back to Celtic times. Located in […]

Roscommon Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Roscommon Castle

Roscommon, Ireland might not be on your list when you think about Irish places worth visiting but it shouldn’t be disregarded. Located in the middle of Ireland, Roscommon should be on your list of places to visit, especially if you are interested in the Norman history and heritage that it has to offer. Roscommon Castle […]

Dundrum Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Dundrum Castle

Dundrum Castle is one of Ireland’s most famous castles. It was built in the 16th century by Sir Nicholas Malby on the lands of a previous medieval settlement. The castle was built at the mouth of the River Dodder and from its position commanded both river access and trade routes. The earliest inhabitants were fishermen, […]

Belfast Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle is a large area of the city that comprises many different sites. The castle itself, along with the grounds of the estate, form the largest part of this site’s land and structures. The castle is one of Belfast’s most famous landmarks, and to many it is seen as being at the heart of […]

Irish Castles Amy Green 

Galway Castle

The Galway castle is a Norman structure located on the west bank of the river Corrib. The castle was built in 1297 on top of an existing Gaelic fort. It has also been referred to as Caisleán na Gallóglaigh or Castle of the French, as it was occupied by French forces for some time during […]

Belvelly Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Belvelly Castle

Belvelly Castle is a 16th-century tower house, located near Callan in Ireland, and surrounded by an 8 acre (32,000 m²) deer park. The castle is regarded as one of the best preserved structures of its kind in Ireland and has been described as “National monument status”. It was built from limestone on a square plan […]

Kilkenny Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle stands high above the River Nore in Kilkenny City. You will see it peeping out from between trees on your approach to the city, and if you are lucky enough to be here at night, its light will guide you home. Originally built as a fortress by William Marshall in 1207, over the […]

Carrickfergus Castle
Irish Castles Amy Green 

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrikfergus, or Carrickfergus, is a large walled town in County Antrim Northern Ireland. It has a population of around 13,000. The main attraction in the area is of course Carrickfergus Castle. Just 10 miles from Belfast means that it is doable as a day trip from Belfast city. Welcome to Carrickfergus The name of the […]