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5 Castles in Ireland You Need to Check Out

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The Emerald Isle is the home to a number of well-preserved medieval castles. In fact, there are hundreds of castles all over Ireland, so visiting all of them would take ages. Instead, it’s best to focus on those that have not only a huge historical value, but also architectural. To help you out, we decided to provide you with 5 castles in Ireland that will stun you with their beauty. On top of everything, each castle on the list has an interesting story to tell.

Trim Castle

It wasn’t until the Norman Conquest that there were any castles on the British Isles. Actually, the Normans who came from France were the ones who build the first castles in the area that we now call the Republic of Ireland. One of those is certainly the Trim Castle. Not only is it one of the oldest castles in Europe, the Trim Castle is also the biggest in Ireland.

Trim Castle is a favorite among the tourist visiting Ireland. One of the reasons for that is that the castle was featured in Mel Gibson’s most famous movie, Braveheart. Trim Castle is open for public during the summer days, while at winter, you can visit it only on weekends. In order to get in, visitors are required to pay an admission fee.

Dublin Castle

The castle was originally built by the Normans, who needed a fortification to protect the city from the Irish tribes. However, the structure is best remembered as being the headquarters of the British government in Ireland. When Republic of Ireland was established, the Dublin Castle became a ceremonial place, where the Presidents of Ireland are inaugurated, but also where important guests (such as Queen Elizabeth II) stay when visiting. Apart from its role in the politics of Ireland, Dublin Castle is also a major tourist attraction. It is visited by thousands of people every month.

Apart from witnessing the history of the city through the museum inside the castle, people also come here to attend various festivals. The castle used to be the center of Dublin’s life every May, when the Heineken Green Energy festival was held on its premises. The festival featured world-famous artists, such as Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Alice Cooper, and others. Good news is that the festival is rumored to come back soon.

Donegal Castle

The Irish word for this castle is “Dún na nGall”, which translates as the Fort of the Foreigner. It’s because Donegal Castle was built on the grounds where used to lay a Viking fortress in the 12th century. The current building dates back to the 1400s, although it was fully restored some 20 years ago. During the restoration process, only the materials from the old castle were used.

Given the fact that the castle is located in the very center of Donegal, it makes it the biggest tourist attraction of the town. In fact, the castle is one of the most popular sights in the whole province of Ulster, in the northern part of the Republic of Ireland.

Kilkenny Castle

This is one of the oldest castles in Ireland, as it was built in the late 12th century. The Normans started it, but the building has lived through a lot of changes through ages. The last restoration of Kilkenny Castle was done in the 20th century, when it became the property of the people of Kilkenny. Today, it is kept in a superb condition by the funds coming from renting certain parts of the castle for conference purposes.

In fact, anyone can rent a conference venue at the Kilkenny Castle. You have several rooms at your disposal, for example, the Parade Tower, the Duchess Boardroom, the Medieval Room, etc. the castle grounds are often used for weddings, banquets and ceremonies of college graduates.

Ballindooley Castle

The last on the list is a medieval tower, which caught our eye by for being an Irish castle for sale!  The Ballindooley Castle is located in the village of the same name in the northwestern Ireland, some 5 miles away from the city of Galway. This Norman castle was built in the late 15th century by DeBurgo Family and was thoroughly refurbished a couple of years ago. Ballindooley Castle is currently for sale and according to an Irish Mirror article, its price is €450,000.

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