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Adare Castle
Limerick
Shannon
Adare
Tel. 353 61 396 666
Open: not given; by guided tour only by shuttle bus from Adare Heritage Centre on Main St
Ruins of medieval fortified castle on north bank of River Maigue; stronghold of earls of Desmond; square keep in walled ward surrounded by moat; great hall with 13th century windows; kitchen; bakery; restaurant in Adare Heritage Centre

Athenry Castle
Galway
West
Atheny
Tel. 091 844 797
Open: April-May, mid Sep, late Oct, Tue-Sun from 10am-5pm; June-mid Sep, daily until 6pm
Medieval three storey tower with defensive walls; decorated doorway; towers, AV presentation; exhibition; parking

Aughnanure Castle
Galway
West
Oughterard
Tel. 091 552214
Open: Easter weekend and May-Oct, 9.30am-6pm, daily; weekends mid Sep-Oct
Well preserved 16th century tower castle on shores of Lough Corrib; remains of banqueting hall, watch tower, double bawn, and bastions; guided tours offered; exhibition; car park

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Ballinafad Castle
Sligo
North-west
Ballinafad
Tel. NA
Open: open site
16th century ruins consist of four round corner towers

Ballintober Castle
Roscommon
West
allintober
Tel. NA
Open: not given
Gatehouses and towers of 13th century castle; craft shop; tearoom; Old Schoolhouse Museum

Ballyadams Castle
Laois
Midlands East
Near village of Ballylinan, south-west of Athy, on minor road
Tel. NA
Open: permission needed from farm in whose grounds it stands
15th cen twin turreted castle, one with stairwell; 17th cen 3 storey house behind it; arched entrance

Ballyhack Crusader Castle
Wexford
South-east
Ballyhack
Tel. 051 389468
Open: April-June and Sep, Wed-Sun; daily in July and Aug, 10am-1pm and 2-6pm, weekends 10am-6pm
15th century renovated tower house; displays.

Ballymote Castle
Sligo
North-west
Ballymote
Tel. 0 719 1612
Castle remains of 1300; tower, gate, curtain walls

Ballynacarriga Castle
Cork
South-west
Dunmanway
Tel. 021 4273251
Four storey ruined 16th century castle with carvings and stone staircase intact

Ballynahow Castle
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
West of Thurles off Ballycahill Rd
Tel. 0 673 1610
Open: open site
16th century circular castle, five storeys high, now a National Monument

Barryscourt Castle
Cork
South-west
Carrigtwohill
Tel. 353 21 488 2218
Open: June-Sep, daily 10am-6pm; Oct-May, daily except Thu, 11am-5pm
National monument; Irish tower house, partly in ruins but corner towers and bawn wall survive; 16th century seat of Barry family; main hall and great hall restored and open to public; exhibition; restaurant; by guided tours only, need to be booked; orchared restored to 16th century design; 16th century herb garden; public car park

Benburb Castle
Armagh
Northern Ireland
Main Street, Benburb
Tel. 028 3754 8241
17th century plantation castle

Black Castle
Wicklow
Midlands East
Eastern edge of Wicklow town
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruin looking over sea

Blarney Castle
Cork
South-west
Blarney
Tel. 35321 438 5252
Open: Castle: daily except Dec 24 and 25; Mon-Sat: May, 9am- 6.30pm; Jun-Aug, 9am-7pm; Sep, 9am-6.30pm; Oct-Apr, 9am-sundown; Sun: in summer 9.30am-5.30pm, in winter 9.30am-sundown; last admission 30 minutes before closing. Gardens and Lakeland Walk: April- Aug, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm
600 year old castle; 1000 acres of woodland; walks; parking in the town; large crowds so go early
Web: Blarney Castle

Bourchierís Castle
Limerick
Shannon
Bruff, Lough Gur
Tel. 061 360788
Open: daily May-Sep, 10am-6pm.
15th century castle, visitor centre, exhibition, artefacts, AV.

Brittas Castle
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Two miles north of Thurles off Templemore Rd
Tel. NA
Open: on private land; permission needed
Moated folly ruins

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Cahir Castle
Tipperary (South)
South-east
Castle St, Cahir
Tel. 052 41011
Open: mid March-mid June, daily 9.30am-5.30pm, mid June-mid Sep, daily 9am-7pm, mid Sep-mid Oct, daily 9.30am-5.30pm, mid Oct-mid March, daily 9.30am-4.30pm, last admission 45 min before closing
15/16th century castle with keep, tower, and defensive structure; one of Irelandís best preserved; AV presentation; exhibitions; nearby public car park

Carlingford Castle
Louth
Midlands East
On shores of Carlingford Lough
Tel. 0 42 933 5484
Open: not given
Built by Hugh de Lacy; views across the lough; once had two rectangular towers and two storey buildings; eastern half added 1261 with great hall; altered over the centuries; difficult to access

Carlow Castle
Carlow
South-east
Ruins on east bank of Barrow river in Carlow town.

Carrickfergus Castle
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Carrickfergus
Tel. 028 9335 1273
Open: Oct-March, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun, 2-4pm; April, May, and Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, 2-6pm; June-Aug, 10am-6pm, Sun, 12-6pm
800 year old castle, best preserved in the country

Carrigogunnell Castle
Limerick
Shannon
Two miles north of Clarina villge
Tel. NA
Open: open site
15th century castle ruins; views over Shannon estuary

Castle Balfour
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Main Street, Lisnaskea
Tel. 028 6632 3110
Open: daylight hours
Historic house built 1618

Castle Caulfield
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Three miles west of Dungannon
Open: always
Ruins of mansion built in 1619.

Castle Roche
Louth
Midlands East
On hilltop, from Dungooley Rd, out of Forkhill, Dundalk, county Louth
Tel. 0 42 933 5484
Open: open site
Anglo-Norman castle built 1236; views; had two towers and a great hall

Castle Salem
Cork
South-west
Rosscarbery, off N71
Tel. 023 48381
Open: prebooked tours year round, daily, 10am-noon, 2.30-5pm
A bed and breakfast establishment but tours of the old castle tower are given if arranged ahead by phone
Website: Castle Salem

Conna Castle
Cork
South-west
Conna, access through woodland, on south side of river Bride
Tel. 021 4273251
15th century seven storey tower house ruin on rock

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Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Greater Dublin
Castle Street
Dalkey, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 285 8366
Open: April-Dec, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm; Sat, Sun, and PH, 11am-5pm, year round
Museum within 15th century fortified town house; also called Goat castle; murder hole; garderobe; battlements; models of medieval Dalkey; 10th century church and graveyard; craft shop; art gallery; parking
Web: Dalkey Castle

Doe Castle
Donegal
North-west
One mile off Carrigart-Creeslough road
Tel. 074 913 8445
National monument

Donegal Castle
Donegal
North-west
Donegal town centre
Tel. 353 74 972 2405 (074 972 2405)
Open: mid March-end Oct, daily,10am-6pm; Nov-Dec, Fri, Sat, Sun, 9.30am-4.30pm
15th century furnished castle with 17th century additions; Persian rugs; French tapestries; information panels of castle history; 30 minute guided tours every hour; car park

Drishane Castle
Cork
South-west
Millstreet
Tel. 021 4273251 for opening times.
Tower house of 1450 with modern top; served as boarding school until 1992.

Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Dame St, Dublin 2
Tel. 0 1 645 8813 or 0 1 677 7129
Open: year round by prebooked tours; Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat, Sun and BH, 2pm-5pm; may at times be closed for state functions so phone to be sure
17th, 18th 19th and 20th centuries building on Norman and Viking foundations; was used as official residence of British viceroys, now used by Irish government for state events; tours of state apartments, chapel, and undercroft; restaurant; coffee shop; craft shop; no parking
Web: Dublin Castle

Dundrum Castle
Down
Northern Ireland
Dundrum
Tel. 028 9054 6518
Open: April-Sep, Tue-Sat, 10am-7pm, on Sun from 2-7pm; Oct-March, Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun from 2-4pm; may be opened on request.
Medieval castle with circular keep and walls.

Dungarvan Castle
Waterford
South-east
Castle St, Dungarvan
Tel. 353 58 48144
Open: June-Sep, 10am-6pm; daily, by guided tour only
12th century castle with polygonal shell keep, curtain wall, corner tower, and gate tower; two storey military barracks inside curtain wall dates from 18th century; exhibition

Dunguaire Castle
Galway
West
Kinvara, on the bay
Tel. 061 360788 or 091 637108
OpenĒ mid April-mid Oct, 9.30am-5pm
16th century tower house

Dunluce Castle
Antrim
Northern Ireland
87 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills, on A2, three miles east of Portrush
Tel. 028 2073 1938
Open: Oct-March, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun, 2-4pm; April, May, and Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, 2-6pm; June-Aug, 10am-6pm, Sun, 12-6pm
14-16th century cliff edge castle separated from mainland; courtyard, cave, great hall, gatehouse, kitchen.

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Enniscorthy Castle
Wexford
South-east
Castle Hill, Enniscorthy
Tel. 353 53 92 34699
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, Sun and BH, noon-5pm; last admission Ĺ hour before closing
Development of the castle and town from earliest Anglo-Norman origins; castle was a family home; exhibition explores 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy; exhibition on Irish furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray; shop; views from rooftop; tourist information office for the town; special events
Web: Enniscorthy Castle

Enniskillen Castle and Museums
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Enniskillen
Tel. 028 6632 5000
Open: May-Sep, Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat and Mon from 2-5pm; in July and Aug also on Sun from 2-5pm; Oct-Apr, Mon, 2-5pm, Tue-Fri, 10am - 5pm.
15th century castle and museum on history of castle and natural history, rural lifestyle, and archaeology.

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Farney Castle and Knitwear
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Ballycahill, near Holycross, off R660
Tel. 0 504 43281
Open: Mon-Sat, year round, 10am-6pm except until sundown in winter
Round tower built 1495; tours of the castle; knitwear and porcelain; shop

Fennor Castle
Meath
Midlands East
On south bank of Boyne river
Tel. NA
Open: open site
17th century stronghouse using parts of a medieval tower; kitchen with fireplace and oven once located at east end

Ferns Castle
Wexford
South-east
Ferns
Tel. 054 66411
Open: June-Sep,daily, 9.30am-6.30pm
13th century ruins; once had large corner towers but only half castle now remains; circular chapel in one tower; several original fireplaces; vaulted basement; narrow medieval circular staircase; exhibition; visitor centre; tea-room

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Gallarus Castle
Kerry (South)
South-west
Ballydavid, on the Dingle peninsula
Tel. 353 66 915 6444/6371
Open: June-Aug, daily, 10am-6pm; by guided tour only, last tour one hour before closing
Castle built by Knight of Kerry before 1600; four storey tower with vaulted fourth floor ceiling; no parking except for disabled

Glenquin Castle
Limerick
Shannon
Abbeyfeale
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Six storey castle built in 1462; two barrel vaulted rooms are well preserved

Glenveagh Castle
Donegal
North-west
Churchill, Letterkenny
In Glenveagh National Park
Tel. 353 74 91 37090
Open: castle by guided tour only; mid March-early Nov, daily, 10am-6.30pm, last admission 5pm
Scottish style castle surrounded by gardens and the National Park with mountains, lakes, glens, woods, and red deer; visitor centre with exhibitions and AV presentation; parking; self guided trails; tea-room at castle (mid March-early Nov and weekends in winter); restaurant at visitor centre (Easter-end Sep)

Greencastle Royal Castle
Down
Northern Ireland
Four miles south-west Kilkeel, off A2
Tel. 028 9054 3037
Open: July-Aug, Tue, Fri, Sat, 2-6pm; Wed and Thu from 10am-1pm; Sun from 2-6pm.
13th century Anglo-Norman ruins of keep and towers.

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Kanturk Castle
Cork
South-west
Kanturk
Tel. 021 4273251
Massive towers, fireplaces, Tudor architecture, built 1601, never completed

Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny
South-east
Kilkenny
Tel. 056 21450
Open: April-May daily, 10.30am-5pm, June-Aug daily from 9.30am-7pm, Sep-March daily, 10.30am-12.45pm and 2-5pm; by guided tour
12th century castle home in large parkland; interesting interior including library, drawing room, bedrooms, long gallery; former servantsí rooms are now a contemporary art gallery; remodelled in Victorian times; very busy site, some delay in summer; exhibitons; bookshop; park playground; gardens; car park

Kilteel Castle
Kildare
Midlands East
Eight km east of Naas
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Five storey 15th century vaulted tower with circular stair turret and gatehouse; built on site of earlier monastic settlement; once part of Knights Hospitallers property; designated National Monument

Kindlestown Castle
Wicklow
Midlands East
Greystones village; Off R761 Church Rd near Killincarrig village
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins of 13th century castle; rectangular tower house; only north wall intact; ground floor once barrel vaulted

King Johnís Castle
Limerick
Shannon
Limerick City
Tel. 061 360788
Open: year round, Nov-March, 10.30am-4.30pm; April-Oct 10am-5.30pm, car park open June-Sep.
13th century castle remains

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Lackeen Castle
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Tel. 0 90974 7010
Open: open site
Ruins of four storey 12th century castle; rebuilt in 16th century

Lea Castle
Laois
Midlands East
Three km east of Portarlington on private land,
off road to Monasterevin beside river Barrow
Tel. 0 57 862 1178
Open: open site
Remnants of Norman castle, built 1260, include part of keep, corner tower, walled court yard, wards, double towered gate building

Leap Castle
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Roscrea
Tel. 0 57 913 1115
Open: on request May-Oct; phone
Gate tower house; guarded pass from Slieve Bloom into Munster; considered to be haunted

Lexilip Castle
Kildare
Midlands East
Main Street, Leixlip (reached from Dublin by #66 bus from Middle Abbey St)
Tel. 0 1 624 4430
Open: every weekday in Feb; various days in May and Sep, 9am-1pm
Medieval castle partly rebuilt 1700s; round tower; tapestry and plasterwork; guided tours

Liscarroll Castle
Cork
South-west
Liscarroll
Tel. 021 4273251
Remains of 13th century castle

Listowel Castle
Kerry (North)
Shannon
The Square, Listowel
Tel. 353 1 647 2453
Open: phone for details; by guided tour only
Dates from 13th century; located on steep bank overlooking river Feale; two large, square, four storey towers mostly survive; next door to castle is Kerry Literary and Cultural centre with restaurant

Loughmoe Court
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Loughmore, near Thurles
Tel. NA
Open: on private land; permission needed
15th century castle on south end; rest is 17th century; ruin now a National Monument

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Malahide Castle
Fingal
Greater Dublin
Malahide, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 846 2184
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; April-Sep also on Sun and PH, 10am-6pm; Oct-March, also on Sun and PH, 11am-5pm
20th century gardens with shrubbery and walled garden; castle home of Talbot family for 800 years; collection of Irish portrait paintings and furniture; great hall; oak room; tea-room; restaurant; shop; parking; also home of Fry Model Railway; parking
Web: Malahide Castle

Mallow Castle
Cork
South-west
Mallow
Tel. 021 4273251
Extensive castle remains

Maynooth Castle
Kildare
Midlands East
Maynooth
Tel. 01 628 6744 (or Castletown 01 628 8252)
Open: June-Sep, Mon-Fri from 10am-6pm, on Sat, Sun and BH 1-5pm; in Oct on Sun, 1-5pm; keep by guided tour only
13th century stone castle; keep was largest of its kind in Ireland; remodelled in early 17th century; was residence of Geraldine family of Kildare; exhibition on castle and the family

Monea Castle
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
On B81, seven miles north-west Enniskillen
Tel. 028 6632 3110
Open: always
1618 four storey building with round towers.

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Newtownstewart Castle
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Main Street, Newtownstewart
Tel. 028 9054 3034 or 8224 7831
Early 17th century castle, a plantation building.

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Ormond Castle and Manor House
Tipperary (South)
South-east
Castle Park by Castle Street, Carrick-on-Sir
Tel. 0 51 640787 or 0 56 7724623
Open: mid June-early Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; by guided tour only
Elizabethan manor house with decorative plasterwork; built in 1560s; two 15th century towers; public car park nearby

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Rathfarnham Castle
South Dublin
Greater Dublin
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Tel. 0 1 493 9462
Open: May-Oct, daily, 9.30am-5.30pm; by guided tour only
Late 1500s castle with 18th century interiors; a National Monument; layers of castleís existence that were uncovered during research; tea-room, parking

Redwood Castle
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Lorrha
Tel. 0 94902 1375
Open: mid July-end Aug, some Sundays in Sep, 2-6pm
Gaelic tower house c 1210; parking

Robertstown Castle
Meath
Midlands East
Nobber, signposted from road
17th century castle/home

Roscommon Castle
Roscommon
West
Roscommon town
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins of 13th century Norman castle; quadrangular in plan with rounded bastions at the corners and a double-towered entrance gate

Roscrea Castle and Damer House
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Castle St, Roscrea
Tel. 0 505 21850
Open mid March-Oct, daily, from 10am-6pm daily, in Nov-Dec, weekends, 9.30am-4.30pm
Castle remains of 1280 are gate tower, curtain walls, and two corner towers; 18th century Queen Anne style house with one room furnished in period style; home of richest man in Ireland in early 1700s; later used as bishopís residence and military barracks; exhibition; restored mill with original St Cronanís high cross and pillar stone; public car park nearby

Ross Castle
Kerry (South)
South-west
Ross Rd
Killarney
Tel. 01 64 35851 or 353 1 64 35852
Open: June-Aug, daily from 9am-6.30pm, in Sep, from 10am-6pm, in Oct on Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm; by guided tour only
15th century restored castle keep; surrounded by fortified bawn; circular flanking towers defend curtain walls; barrack building added on south side in mid 18th century; 16th and 17th century furniture in the castle; car park

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Shanid Castle
Limerick
Shannon
Shanagolden
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins of 13th century castle

Shankhill Castle
Carlow
South-east
On Carlow/Kilkenny border near Paulstown, in parkland.
Tel. 059 9726145
Interior by guided tour, gardens.

Shrule Castle
Laois
Midlands East
South-east of Castletown off the N80, next to farmhouse
Tel. NA
Open: not available
Detached five storey tower house; attached outbuilding; built 1600-1640; carved stone mantle pieces; dressed limestone doorways; spiral staircase; graveyard

Slane Castle
Meath
Midlands East
Slane
Tel. 041 9824207 or 041 9824163
Open: May-end July, noon-5pm, closed Fri and Sat.
Website: Slane Castle

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Terryglass Castle
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Terryglass
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Early 13th century square castle ruins; round turrets at corners; overlooks Lough Derg

Trim Castle
Meath
Midlands East
Trim
Tel. 0 46 943 8619
Open: Easter-end Sep, daily 10am-6pm; Oct-Nov, until 5.30pm; Nov-Easter, open weekend only, 10am-5pm; keep by 45 minute guided tour only; very busy site
Largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland; took 30 years to build; three-storey keep begun 1176; 20 sided tower cruciform in shape; ditch, curtain wall, moat; display panels; nearby car park

Tully Castle
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Derrygonnelly, near Tully
Open: always
Fortified 1613 house, formal garden, visitor centre.

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