Top 10 Medieval Castles in Ireland

Several thousand castles were built in Ireland in the Middle Ages. With native Irish fortifications being different from the rest of Europe, it was not until the 12th century when Norman/English incursions into the island that castles were being built. While some large-scale castles exist, most of the remaining medieval fortifications found in Ireland and Northern Ireland are smaller tower houses that were designed for a family to live and be protected.

Honourable mention goes to Dunguaire Castle, which was built in the early 16th century.

Visitor information for Castles in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Trim Castle – run by Heritage Ireland

Blarney Castle – privately owned

Cahir Castle – run by Heritage Ireland

Rock of Cashel – run by Heritage Ireland

King John’s Castle – Shannon Heritage

Carrickfergus Castle - Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Ballyportry Castle – privately owned

Dunluce Castle - Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Ross Castle – run by Heritage Ireland

Redwood Castle – privately owned

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Videos of these Irish Castles

See also:

Dunluce Castle: History and Archaeology

The castle building of William Marshal in Ireland

How to help restore an Irish castle

A review of Irish medieval castles as a tourist facility

Meet Helen Cassidy – Castle seller

And also our lists of top ten medieval castles for England, Scotland and Wales

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