Home / Irish Castles – full of history and tradition

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

Photo copyright - Ericci8996

Ashford Castle


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

Photo  copyright - Guilhem-D

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.

Photo copyright - Ian Edwards

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.

Kylemore Abbey. Photo Copyright - Textman_CC2.5

Kylemore Abbey


A gift from a newlywed man for his wife.

Photo copyright - Amanda Susan Munroe

Powerscourt Estate


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

[php] include ‘holidays.html’; [/php]

Do you qualify to become an Irish citizen?

There are three main ways for a person to qualify for Irish citizenship – through birth, through marriage or civil partnership or through naturalisation. Check if you qualify for Irish citizenship

Did you know?

An Irish couple trekked for more than three hours up the highest mountain in Ireland to get this incredibly beautiful wedding photo from the top. Find out more.

Have you heard about…

Irish citizen test - Radio presenter Rick O’Shea asked his listeners to suggest amusing and surreal ideas for questions that could appear on such a test. Most of all they had to capture the essence of Irishness. Are you up to the Rick O’Shea Citizenship challenge? Try it here.

What about this…

Robert Emmet is one of Ireland’s most romantic and best remembered nationalist leaders. He might have easily been forgotten but he earned lasting fame because of three aspects of his passionate nature. Find out more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.