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Maynooth Castle

A glimpse of life in a Norman fortress

10:00 – 18:00

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Maynooth Castle

A glimpse of life in a Norman fortress

10:00 – 18:00

See all opening times

Site Closed

Admission

Free admission

Getting here

Maynooth
Co. Kildare
W23 F2D5

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Trip Advisor

4.5

Maynooth Castle

This majestic stone castle was founded in the early thirteenth century. It became the seat of power for the FitzGeralds, the earls of Kildare, as they emerged as one of the most powerful families in Ireland. Garret Mór, known as the Great Earl of Kildare, governed Ireland in the name of the king from 1487 to 1513.

Maynooth Castle was one of the largest and richest Geraldine dwellings. The original keep, begun around 1200, was one of the largest of its kind in Ireland. Inside, the great hall was a nerve centre of political power and culture.

Only 30 kilometres from Dublin, Maynooth Castle occupies a deceptively secluded spot in the centre of the town, with well-kept grounds and plenty of greenery. There is a captivating exhibition in the keep on the history of the castle and the family.

Opening Times

14th May – 30th September Daily: 10.00 – 18.00

Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes

Last guided tour 16.30

Grounds close 17.45

Notice

Limited access for visitors with disabilities.

Groups of 10 or more must pre-book.

Contact

Maynooth
Co. Kildare
W23 F2D5

01 628 6744

Getting Here

Maynooth Village, 30km approximately west from centre of Dublin N4

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Facilities

  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Picnic Area

Restrictions

  • No toilet facilities

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