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King John’s Castle

On the border of the counties of Limerick and Clare, on the banks of the Shannon River, there is another pearl of Ireland - the...
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King John’s CastleOn the border of the counties of Limerick and Clare, on the banks of the Shannon River, there is another pearl of Ireland - the castle of King John. It was built in 1200-1212, and then expanded and rebuilt many times. In the middle of the 17th century, the city and the castle were captured and devastated by Cromwell.King John’s Castle has an excellent museum where you can learn about the history of Limerick, see the reconstructed Viking dwellings that were found here during excavations, and explore the medieval castle fortifications. The exposition is divided into archaeological and underground zones. You can also visit the castle itself with its observation towers, ramparts and large courtyard.© Evgeni Fabisuk / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Dromoland Castle

Dromoland is one of the largest castles in the country, located in County Clare. Originally there was a 15th-century fortress,...
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Dromoland CastleDromoland is one of the largest castles in the country, located in County Clare. Originally there was a 15th-century fortress, which was significantly rebuilt in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. In the middle of the 20th century, Dromoland Castle became a luxury five-star hotel with a golf course. George Bush, Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicholson, Richard Branson, Johnny Cash, Bono and John Travolta came here at different times. Several restaurants serve local produce. And in your free time you can go falconry, horseback riding, fishing and archery.Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Lismore Castle

In County Waterford is one of the best castles in Ireland - Lismore, built in the XII century. In the middle of the 19th century it...
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Lismore CastleIn County Waterford is one of the best castles in Ireland - Lismore, built in the XII century. In the middle of the 19th century it was rebuilt in neo-gothic style. During this time, Lismore Castle managed to visit the residence of the bishop and the defensive fortress. Now it is one of the few castles that can be rented for a solemn event. Here you can also stroll through the incredible garden, go fishing, hiking and surfing, play golf, ride bicycles, horseback ride, go boating and even explore the surroundings during a hot air balloon flight.© Michael Clohessy / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Donegal Castle

In the north of Ireland, in County Donegal, there is a 15th-century castle of the same name, which literally rose from ruins. It was...
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Donegal CastleIn the north of Ireland, in County Donegal, there is a 15th-century castle of the same name, which literally rose from ruins. It was built by the head of the O'Donnell clan, then was presented to the English captain Basil Brooke. In the early years of its existence, Donegal Castle was considered one of the best in the whole country. For over 200 years it was in a state of ruin until it was restored in the 1990s. 15th-century techniques were used to install the new roof and floors. Now the castle is open to the public and is the venue for a variety of events.© Donegal castle / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Kilkenny Castle

In the province of Leinster, there is another castle worthy of attention - Kilkenny. It was built in the 12th century by the Earl of...
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Kilkenny CastleIn the province of Leinster, there is another castle worthy of attention - Kilkenny. It was built in the 12th century by the Earl of Pembroke. For 600 years it served as the residence of the Butler family. During this time, Kilkenny Castle has gone through many changes. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden with fountains and sculptures.During the tour, you can see almost all the halls of the fortress, with unique works of art and original interiors. Of particular interest is the Great Hall, where meetings of the General Assembly and the Parliament of the confederation of Ireland were held in the 1640s.© littlenySTOCK / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Ross Castle

The family seat of the O'Donahue clan is on the shores of Loch Lane in Killarney National Park, County Kerry. Ross Castle was...
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Ross CastleThe family seat of the O'Donahue clan is on the shores of Loch Lane in Killarney National Park, County Kerry. Ross Castle was built at the end of the 15th century in a classic medieval style. It is one of the last strongholds to fall at the hands of Oliver Cromwell in the 1650s. According to legend, the head of the O'Donahue family still lives at the bottom of the lake and appears on the first morning of May every seven years, riding a white horse.In the halls of Ross Castle, oak furniture of the 16th-17th centuries, as well as works of art, have been preserved. After the tour, you can have a picnic under the spreading trees or take a boat ride on Loch Lane.© Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Dublin Castle

One of the most famous historical buildings in Ireland is Dublin Castle, located in the center of the republic's capital. The...
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Dublin CastleOne of the most famous historical buildings in Ireland is Dublin Castle, located in the center of the republic's capital. The current building dates back to the 18th century, although the first building was erected here in the 13th century as a defensive fortress. However, it almost completely burned down as a result of a fire in 1678.Until 1922, English monarchs and viceroys lived in the castle. After that, for ten years there was a judicial complex. Since the 1930s, the castle has been the site of Irish presidential inaugurations. Now, receptions of heads of foreign states, delegations are held here, as well as solemn events.In the castle, you can see nine rooms of state apartments, go down to the Viking dungeon, and see the only tower that remains from the original fortification. There is also the opportunity to visit the Gothic chapel and the Chester Beatty Library, which houses ancient and medieval manuscripts.#CastlesofIreland

The Rock of Cashel

One of the main attractions of County Tipperary is the Rock of Cashel Castle, towering on an emerald hill. Its oldest part, a round...
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The Rock of CashelOne of the main attractions of County Tipperary is the Rock of Cashel Castle, towering on an emerald hill. Its oldest part, a round tower, 28 meters high, dates back to 1100. Initially, it was erected without the use of mortar, and many centuries later it was reinforced with cement. The Rock of Cashel complex also includes the Cormac Chapel, built in the 12th century. It is notable for its vaults, towers, richly decorated facade and ancient frescoes.The history of the rock is closely connected with Saint Patrick, who in the 5th century baptized King Eoghan here. Also, according to one version, it was here that the saint tore off the shamrock, which became one of the Christian symbols of Ireland. The castle houses an interesting museum of artifacts, which displays exhibits found in the area.© Lyd Photography / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Malahide Castle

Half an hour from Dublin is the incredible 12th-century castle Malahide. Over the centuries, it was completed and expanded, and its owner...
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Malahide CastleHalf an hour from Dublin is the incredible 12th-century castle Malahide. Over the centuries, it was completed and expanded, and its owner was the knightly family of Talbot. During a tour of Malahide Castle, you can learn the family history of the owners, see authentic antique furniture and works of art. There is also a beautiful park with an area of ​​1 km². It houses the Victorian greenhouse founded by Lady Talbot, the Butterfly House and Fairy Trail. The latter will be of particular interest to children, who will be able to solve riddles and look for hidden locations where these little creatures live.© Irish Drone Photography / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Cahir Castle

Straight out of a history book, Cair is the perfect representation of a medieval Irish castle. It lies in the middle of the Suir River in...
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Cahir CastleStraight out of a history book, Cair is the perfect representation of a medieval Irish castle. It lies in the middle of the Suir River in South Tipperary County. Its main part with a cozy courtyard and a high donjon, built in 1142, has been perfectly preserved to this day. Later, towers and additional premises were added. The descending portcullis at Cahir Castle is one of the few remaining in all of Ireland. The walls of the castle are striking in their thickness. Confirmation of this can be seen to the left of the main entrance - here an unexploded core is stuck in the masonry. Inside, the original look of the interiors of the Middle Ages has been restored.© Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle was built in 1228. After that, it was expanded and rebuilt many times, as a result of which the fortress perfectly...
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Ashford CastleAshford Castle was built in 1228. After that, it was expanded and rebuilt many times, as a result of which the fortress perfectly combines Victorian and medieval architecture. Now the castle houses a luxurious five-star hotel. At one time, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, George V and John Lennon stayed here.Ashford Castle gives you the opportunity to get a unique experience - to spend the night in a real castle, feeling like a real Irish aristocrat. Here you can also relax in an incredibly beautiful spa, try traditional dishes, go fishing, falconry, archery and gun shooting, golf, tennis, ride a horse, bike, kayak, boat and boat, as well as ride a zip line and climb trees.© Bartlomiej Rybacki / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is one of the most famous in Ireland. Located near Cork, it attracts thousands of tourists who want to enjoy the...
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Blarney CastleBlarney Castle is one of the most famous in Ireland. Located near Cork, it attracts thousands of tourists who want to enjoy the beauty of this place and perform one interesting ritual. The Blarney Stone or the Stone of Eloquence is built into the wall at the top of one of the towers. According to legend, it is part of the Skoon Stone, on which the coronation of the rulers of England and Scotland was held. To acquire the gift of eloquence, you need to climb to the very top of the tower and, arching almost into the bridge, kiss the stone.Blarney Castle was built in the middle of the 15th century and has survived quite well to this day, with the exception of the interiors. The garden is worthy of special attention, where there are artifacts of pagans, druids and witches, as well as a collection of poisonous plants.© Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland