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Castles And Mansions

Ross Castle

Ross Castle

Southwest Ireland | County Kerry

Ross Castle is situated on the shore of Lough Leane, in Killarney Town, County Kerry. The exact date of construction is uncertain but probably was built in late 15th century by O'Donoghue Mór chieftains, who had undisputed hold over Killarney area at that time. In 1580's after Second Desmond Rebellion, Ross Castle passed into the hands of Donal MacCarthy, bu...   more info and photos

Trim Castle

Trim Castle

East Ireland | County Meath

The castle situated on the banks of River Boyne in town of Trim, County Meath, is largest Anglo-Norman fortification in Ireland. The first defensive structure was built here in 1172, by Hugh de Lacy, to whom the lands of Meath were granted after Norman invasion of Ireland. It was a motte, with timber tower defended by double palisade and external ditch. Hugh...   more info and photos

Muckross House and Gardens

Muckross House and Gardens

Southwest Ireland | County Kerry

Muckross House is a one of the most famous and most visited Victorian mansions in Ireland. The estate is situated in the heart of Killarney National Park on the eastern shore of Muckross Lake. The house was built by Herbert family and designed by famous Scottish architect, William Burn. The most of the garden dates back to the 1850s and was laid out by the f...   more info and photos

Dysert O'Dea Castle

Dysert O'Dea Castle

West Ireland | County Clare

Dysert O'Dea Castle is located 5 km south of Corofin in County Clare (signposted on the road R476). This defensive tower house was built between 1470 and 1490 by Diarmuid O'Dea, Lord of Fearmaic. Castle had a turbulent history, changing the owners many times but always was coming back into the possession of the O'Dea clan. In 1651, the stronghold became a C...   more info and photos

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey

West Ireland | County Galway

Kylemore Abbey is located in the heart of Connemara in County Galway and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. Before it became home for Irish Benedictine Nuns it was a privat castle built by Mitchell Henry in 1860's as gift for his wife Margaret. The estate was designed by James Franklin Fuller and is beautifully situated on lake shore,...   more info and photos

Athenry Castle

Athenry Castle

West Ireland | County Galway

The castle located in Athenry, County Galway was built around 1235 by Meiler de Bermingham as a anglo-norman stronghold. Because of strong resistance of native population, in 1346 Athenry was enclosed by defensive walls with six tower gates of which five is still standing. Initially the castle had only two storeys, the basement with vaulted celling at groun...   more info and photos

Dungarvan Castle

Dungarvan Castle

Southeast Ireland | County Waterford

Castle in Dungarvan (County Waterford), also known as King John's Castle is an Anglo - Norman fortress built in 1185. The castle is situated at the eastern corner of the town on the bend of river Colligan, just before escape to the sea. Defensive walls create the shape of shell, what is unique in Ireland, but quite common in England. There are two towers on ...   more info and photos

Rossborough House

Rossborough House

East Ireland | County Wicklow

Russborough House located in Blessington, County Wicklow, it's one of the finest Irish Palladian mansions. It was designed by renowned German-born architect Richard Cassels, who also designed Powerscourt House. Mansion was built between 1741 and 1755, for 1st Earl of Milltown, Joseph Leeson, and remained in possession of the one family until 1914, when wido...   more info and photos

Carrigafoyle Castle

Carrigafoyle Castle

Southwest Ireland | County Kerry

Carrigafoyle Castle is a 15th century fortress situated on southern bank of Shannon estuary, near village of Ballylongford in north County Kerry. This large, five storey tower-house stands on rock in Shannon River and is surrounded by double defensive walls with moat inside and outside, was built in the 1490s by O'Connors of Kerry, very powerful irish cl...   more info and photos

Malahide Castle and Gardens

Malahide Castle and Gardens

East Ireland | County Dublin

Malahide Castle and Gardens are located just 15 km north east from Dublin city center and are easily accessible by public transport. The castle and surrounding parklands cover area of over 260 acre and contain one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Whole demesne belonged to Talbot family for nearly 800 years until 1976, when was bought by the State...   more info and photos

Ferns Castle

Ferns Castle

Southeast Ireland | County Wexford

Ferns Castle is an Anglo-Norman fortress situated in a historic town of Ferns in north County Wexford (road N11 linking Dublin to Wexford). Built on the site of an earlier stronghold by William Marshal in 1224, the castle changed the owners many times, passing between the hands of Normans and Irish. In 1641, the keep was surrendered to Cromwell's army and...   more info and photos

Roscrea Castle

Roscrea Castle

Midlands Ireland | County Tipperary

The medieval castle in Roscrea was built in 1280s, when the silver was discovered in nearby Silvermine Mountains. Due to proximity to the mines it became stronghold of great strategic importance. The Castle consists of massive gatehouse with drawbridge and large walled enclosure. The basement is housed a prison, and spiral stairs leads us to the first and...   more info and photos

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Midlands Ireland | County Tipperary

Cahir Castle (Irish: Caisleán na Cathrach) is a medieval stronghold, situated on small, rocky island, on the bend of the River Suir, in town or Cahir, County Tipperary. The earliest castle on this site was built by the Anglo-Norman, Philip of Worcester, in the 13th century (once, there was a stone fortress of powerful irish clan, O'Briens, who were banish...   more info and photos

Donegal Castle

Donegal Castle

Northwest Ireland | County Donegal

Donegal Castle is situated beside the River Eske in centre of Donegal town in County Donegal, in the northwest of Ireland. The first tower house on this site was built by powerful O'Donnell clan in 15th Century. O'Donnell Family burnt and left the castle in 1600, to prevent it being of use by English forces. In 1623, the ruined stronghold was granted to Sir...   more info and photos

Carrickabraghy Castle

Carrickabraghy Castle

Northwest Ireland | County Donegal

Carrickabraghy Castle is located about 10 km north from the village of Ballyliffin (on the northern tip of Pollan Strand) on Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal. The castle was built in 16th Century, probably by Gearalt O'Doherty who held the lordship of Inishowen at that time. The last Irish lord of this land and the castle was Cahir O’Doherty, who died i...   more info and photos

Ballycarbery Castle

Ballycarbery Castle

Southwest Ireland | County Kerry

Ballycarbery Castle is a ruin located near Cahersiveen in Ballycarbery East on Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. It was built in16th century by McCarthy Mor, one of Ireland's greatest medieval dynasties. In 1652 Oliver Cromwell's troops severely damaged the castle using the cannons and fell into decay. In the 18th century the house was built and inhabited o...   more info and photos

Rockfleet Castle

Rockfleet Castle

West Ireland | County Mayo

Rockfleet Castle also known as Carrickahowley Castle (irish: Carraig-an-Cabhlaigh) is fine example of Irish tower house which were built in the likeness of the Norman design. This 16th century stronghold is located approx 7km from Newport in Achill Island direction (road N59), County Mayo. Was built by powerful Clan O’Malley which controlled a large par...   more info and photos

The Kildavnet Castle

The Kildavnet Castle

West Ireland | County Mayo

The Kildavnet Castle also known as Grace O'Malley's Castle is fine example of Irish tower house which were built in the likeness of the Norman design. This 15th century stronghold is located near small harbour of Kildavnet on the scenic Achill's Atlantic Drive which begins in Achill Sound. Probably built by powerful Clan O’Malley which controlled a large ...   more info and photos

Powerscourt House and Gardens

Powerscourt House and Gardens

East Ireland | County Wicklow

Powerscourt Estate is located just off the Enniskerry Village in County Wicklow, only about 20 km from Dublin City Center. You will find there magnificent neoclassical mansion, beautifully landscaped gardens and the highest waterfall in Ireland. Powerscourt House was built in 1741 by the Richard Wingfield - 1st Viscount Powerscourt . This...   more info and photos

King Johns Castle

King Johns Castle

West Ireland | County Limerick

King John's Castle located in Limerick is one the best preserved Norman castles in Europe. Was built on the orders of King John (brother of Richard the Lionheart) around 1210 as a stronghold and an administrative centre for the region. For 800 years this imposing castle has dominated the life and history of Limerick.

At the end of the 20th century...   more info and photos

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

West Ireland | County Clare

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park are located in village of Bunratty (approx. 15 km from Limerick City in Shannon direction) in County Clare. It's one of the most popular and worth visiting tourist attractions in Ireland. Covering an area of 26 acre park includes a medieval castle - Bunratty Castle, 19th century Georgian residence - Bunratty House, 19th cent...   more info and photos

Emo Court and Gardens

Emo Court and Gardens

Midlands Ireland | County Laois

Emo Court it's neo- classical mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland located near Portlaoise in County Laois. House was designed by famous architect James Gandon (architect of "Four Courts", "Custom House" and "King's Inns" in Dublin) in 1790 for John Dawson, the first Earl of Portarlington. When Dawson-Damer family have left the residency in 1...   more info and photos

Roscommon Castle

Roscommon Castle

Midlands Ireland | County Roscommon

Roscommon Castle is quite large ruin of Anglo-Norman castle located on a hillside, just outside the Roscommon town, in county Roscommon. The castle was erected on the orders of the Henry III king of England and work to begin in 1269. Due to constant attacks of Aedh O'Conor (son of FeiIim O'Conor, the Irish king of Connacht) building works were slowed down....   more info and photos

Dunamase Castle

Dunamase Castle

Midlands Ireland | County Laois

Dunamase Castle or "Rock of Dunamase" (county Laois) - the ruins of the Anglo-Norman defensive stronghold from the 12th century built on the site of early-medieval fort "Dun Masc". Probably was built by Meyler Fitzhenry, to whom they were granted the lands of the county laois after the Norman invasion(there is also a hypothesis that was built by William Mars...   more info and photos

Killruddery Gardens

Killruddery Gardens

East Ireland | County Wicklow

Killruddery Gardens, Bray, county Wicklow - one of the earliest and most extensive formal gardens , kept in the original style from 17th century to present times. The property belongs to the Brabazon family, who hold the title of “Earls of Meath”. Gardens was created by 3rd Earl of Meath - William Barazon and his work was continued by 6th Earl of Meath ...   more info and photos

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Southwest Ireland | County Cork

Blarney Castle originally dates from before 1200, when a wooden structure was believed to have been built on the site, although no evidence remains of this. Around 1210 this was replaced by a stone fortification. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry. The castle was besieged during the Irish Confederate...   more info and photos

Johnstown Castle

Johnstown Castle

Southeast Ireland | County Wexford

Johnstown Castle is located 6 km south west of Wexford Town and is well signposted on the road N25 (Wexford - Rosslare). This 19th century Victorian castle and its beautifully maintained ornamental gardens were designed by Daniel Robertson, the architect who is famed for his work in Powerscourt House and Gardens and Killruddery Gardens in County Wicklow. ...   more info and photos

Baltimore Castle

Baltimore Castle

Southwest Ireland | County Cork

Baltimore Castle (Dún na Séad) was built in 1215 by an Anglo-Norman Sleynie, a descendant of Robert FitzStephen "The Conquistador" (one of the first Normans who arrived with Richard de Clare - known as "Strongbow", to settle Ireland). In 1261, after the battle of Callan, the Irish clan of O’Driscolls took over the Dún na Séad castle and their former la...   more info and photos