Irish Castles – full of history and tradition

Ireland is scattered with castles, many dating back more than 1,000 years. Some were built to protect families from neighbouring clans; others were used as fortresses against the British.
All are steeped in tradition and have a wealth of stories to tell. These are some of the major castles you’ll find on your travels through Ireland.
Irish Castles - full of history and tradition

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Ashford Castle


Converted into a 5 star luxury hotel and voted the third best resort in Europe by Condé Nast Traveller.

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Blarney Castle


The Earl of Leicester was commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to take possession of the castle.

Charleville Forest Castle


Supposedly haunted by a young girl called Harriet, the youngest daughter of the third Earl of Charleville.

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Glenveagh Castle


Surrounded by one of the finest gardens in Ireland.

Kilkenny Castle


This Anglo-Norman stone castle shows the power of the medieval Norman occupation of Ireland.

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Kylemore Abbey


A gift from a newlywed man for his wife.

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Powerscourt Estate


In 1844, Mervyn Wingfield inherited the Powerscourt estate when he was just 8 years old.

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