Adare Castle epitomises the medieval fortified castle in Ireland. It is strategically situated on the banks of the River Maigue, from where its lords could control any traffic heading to or from the Shannon Estuary.
The castle was built for strength and security. A formidable square keep forms its core; the keep stands within a walled ward surrounded by a moat.
Adare Castle changed hands several times before becoming a key bastion of the earls of Desmond in the sixteenth century. During the Second Desmond Rebellion, however, it fell to the English after a bloody siege. Cromwellian forces laid waste to the building in 1657, although restorers have since helped to recall its former glory.
Guided tours are now available for anyone who wants to walk in the footsteps of the FitzGeralds and experience their courageous spirit.
01 July – 30 September
Access by Guided Tour only, from Adare Heritage Centre
Daily 10:00 – 16:00
Average Length of Visit 1 hour
Adare Heritage Centre
061 396 666
Adare Castle is situated close to the main road bridge over the River Maigue on the N21 approach to Adare Village from Limerick. (Please note however that visitor access to the castle is only through the Adare Heritage Centre in Adare Village).
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- Car park
- Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
Nearby sites to visit
A ruined stronghold of the earls of Desmond
Approx. 13.1 km from Adare Castle
Desmond Castle Newcastlewest
Where sounds of medieval revelry echo around the walls
Approx. 22.3 km from Adare Castle
Admire some exquisite Renaissance carvings
Approx. 33.8 km from Adare Castle