Heritage Ireland

Carlingford Castle

A Norman citadel in the shadow of a giant

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Carlingford Castle

A Norman citadel in the shadow of a giant

See all opening times


Adult: €5.00
Seniors/Group/Student: €5.00
Child under 12: €3.00
Family (4): €12

Please note: it is advisable that groups book in advance

Tickets are available online at carlingfordheritagecentre.com. They can also be purchased near to site at the Visit Carlingford Tourist Office, Station House, A91 CV06


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Carlingford Castle
Co Louth

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Carlingford Castle

Carlingford lies in the shade of Slieve Foye, a mountain that in legend takes its form from the body of the sleeping giant Finn MacCumhaill. The castle dominates the town and overlooks the lough harbour. It was a vital point of defence for the area for centuries.

Carlingford Castle was built around 1190, most likely by the Norman baron Hugh de Lacy. By this time Hugh’s family had grown powerful enough to make King John of England uneasy. John forced them into rebellion and seized their property in 1210. He reputedly stayed in his new castle himself. It is still known as King John’s Castle.

The Jacobites fired on the castle in 1689; William of Orange is said to have accommodated his wounded soldiers there following the Battle of the Boyne.

Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust provides excellent guided tours of this historic Castle from March to October.

Opening Times

July – 07 November

Tour Times: 11:00 and 15:00


Open daily for Guided Tours only

Maximum number: 15 to comply with COVID-19 Protocols

Access to site for visitors with disabilities is provided although access to enter inside the Castle may be unsuitable.

Dogs are not permitted in the Castle.

Photography and Video are allowed. A permit is required for commercial photography. The site may be used for commercial filming or events. For information Tel +353 42 9373454

Additional information: Please note this can be a busy site. Access cannot be guaranteed. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Carlingford Castle
Co Louth

+353 (42) 9373454

Getting Here

Located in Carlingford — a walled heritage town

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  • Car park
  • Guided tours


  • Access by Guided Tour Only

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