Irish Castles

The Irish countryside is famous for medieval fortresses, castles, and manor houses found throughout Erin. These impressive strongholds are rich in Irish history, and some of the most spectacular views of Ireland can be found among them. Most Irish castles are made from stone and date from the 1100s. The Irish began to build fortifications in Ireland soon after the Norman Invasion. Most of these medieval strongholds were occupied by invading lords who used them as defensive administrative headquarters.

Ireland's countryside is a beautiful patchwork of green hills and valleys, combined with ancient, gray medieval stonework. And make for some of the most picturesque images in all of Europe. While many Irish castles have fallen into ruin, many are open to the public. Some of these castles hold nightly medieval banquets and are available to rent for vacations, weddings, or other events.