Great Castles of Ireland

Ireland is known worldwide for its sweeping green landscapes, picturesque seaside cliffs and the historical castles sprinkled across the country. If you plan onvisiting Ireland, these great castles are must-see destinations.

Dunluce Castle

This medieval castle is located in Northern Ireland, in Antrim County. With a breathtaking view of the sea, this abandoned castle is located on a cliff and must be reached by bridge. Lately, this castle has gotten extra fame, thanks to being featured on the popular series, Game of Thrones. Even if you’re not a fan of the series, the dramatic location is enough to take your breath away.

Cahir Castle

Located in Tipperary county, this castle sits against the Suir river and is known as one of the largest castles in all of Ireland. The castle now hosts tours, known for their impressive, interactive retelling of the castle’s history.

The castle can be dated back to 1142 when it was established by the O’Brien family. Now under the ownership of the Irish state, the castle has been restored and refurbished. No matter what time of year guests arrive, the renowned tours are available.

King John’s Castle

This is a castle with a unique location. Situated in Limerick county, King John’s Castle is built on Kings Island. Unfortunately, the castle’s namesake, King John, ordered its construction but never actually visited the castle. Over time, several sieges damaged the original structure, although some original turrets are still intact, along with the exterior walls.

Today visitors can visit the refurbished King John’s Castle, which is known for the breathtaking experience. Starting with a state of the art visitor’s center, guests are treated to a one of a kind audiovisual experience, gorgeous courtyard, and may partake in the cafe while they’re there.

Blarney Castle

No trip to Ireland would be complete without a trip to the famous Blarney Castle. Located near the river Martin in Cork, the castle now appears as it was in the 1400s, under the construction of the McCarthy family; that said the castle is older still and can be dated back to the early 13th century.

Today visitors can still explore certain rooms within the fortress. Of course, you can also try to win the gift of gab by seeking out the Blarney Stone, provided you’re willing to stretch over the drop and attempt a kiss.

Bunratty Castle

If you’re the type that likes a ‘ phoenix rising from the ashes’ type of story, look no farther than Bunratty Castle. The structure you see today is actually the fourth construction in a legacy of castles that have been burned in attacks. The castle not only has a jarring and impressive history but also a blooming reputation as a modern venue.

There is a small village next to the castle that complements this cultural site. You can find realistic reenactments and banquets renowned throughout Ireland at Bunratty Castle.


These are some of Ireland’s great castles, among the many famous and ancient structures that still exist. Whichever you choose to visit, prepare to be immersed in a one of a kind step back into history, and the cultural roots of Ireland.

These castles are the homes in which many Irish legends were born, or inspired by, although modern culture has given some a notable boost in the public’s eye. Many have undergone restoration, but still welcome visitors to partake in this living history.