Top Charming Castles You Will Want To Visit In Ireland
The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have some pretty epic castles that you can not only visit, but actually stay within and explore the grounds! Take a look at some of my very favorite below.
Only nine miles north of Dublin city center, Malahide Castle’s 13th century history should be explored by anyone staying (or partying) in the city for a long weekend! Take a short drive or public transport to reach the castle while enjoying its extensive grounds.
Birr Castle is still a functioning family home, or castle, to the Earl of Rosse. Although the castle isn’t open to the public itself, the spectacular grounds are.
The history of this castle dates back over 500 years. Pay attention to the small details of this amazing place and remember to ‘watch your step’ – the castle stairs are all varying heights and levels to disorientate historic attackers that may have been looking to overthrow those inside.
Bunratty Castle is a beautiful maintained castle that you should include on your visit to Ireland. Take the opportunity to explore its fascinating history. Don’t forget to take a peek at the Bunratty Folk Park that is an open air museum of more than 30 historical buildings from across Ireland.
Traditionally used a navigation point by weary sailors Doonagore Castle is a picturesque example of a tower house or castle that sits so beautifully within the west-coast of Ireland’s landscape – it’s also a great point to watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Beautiful.
On the western fringes of Ireland, Ashford Castle dates back to the 13th century. nowadays, this picturesque castle hosts a five star hotel and impressive grounds that you can enjoy… you can even take a dip in the lake in the summer months!