14 May Ireland And Its Amazing Castles
Ireland is a country full of medieval castles scattered throughout its territory, each one more spectacular than the other.
Between stories of wars, kings, and queens, there are hundreds of these incredible stone fortresses you can visit, many preserved since the Middle Ages.
From imposing military towers and romantic ruins to impressive nobles’ homes, each of the bellow castles have a unique history and heritage.
There are bigger castles in Dublin, but Dalkey Castle provides a different experience. Through a theatrical guided tour (included in our Dublin tour), visitors are introduced to a country ruled by King Henry VIII of the Tudor dynasty. Several actors will make you travel to the past and experience another period of Ireland.
Surrounded by a beautiful garden, Blarney Castle is situated in Cork and its construction began before the year 1200. After being destroyed, it had its current composition erected in 1446. This Irish treasure is famous for having a stone that ensures the gift of eloquence to all who kiss her. To kiss the Blarney stone at the top of the castle, it is necessary for the person to lie on the ground and tilt his body backward, being almost upside down at the height of 10 stores.
Malahide Castle is located 16km from the centre of the Irish capital and is included in the list of Dublin’s main tourist attractions. Its construction began in 1185, and today it hides several phantasmagorical legends.
Reputed to be haunted, it’s said that the spirits of its inhabitants are still felt in the castle´s corridors.
Used as a shooting location for the award-winning movie “Braveheart,” starring Mel Gibson in 1995, Trim Castle is the largest Norman castle in Ireland. Located in County Meath, it was an important administrative centre of local government created by King Henry II in the late 12th century.
Located in the country’s capital, Dublin Castle was the centre of British rule in Ireland until 1922. The castle now houses two museums, two cafés, two gardens, and an international conference centre, all of which are available to the public.
Built on the rock of Cashel, it served as a base for Munster kings until the Norman invasion. The Cormac King’s Chapel is the most important site of the structure. Dating back to 1134, it’s considered very sophisticated for its time. The roof of the castle has a raised bar, and the building also has a Cathedral, with a cruciform plan.
Drimnagh Castle is a Norman castle located in Drimnagh, a suburb of Dublin. It is the only remaining castle in all of Ireland that has a moat flooded around it; the moat is fed by a small local river.