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Askeaton Castle

A ruined stronghold of the earls of Desmond

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Askeaton Castle

A ruined stronghold of the earls of Desmond

See all opening times

Site Closed

Closed for the season from 29 October 2020

Admission

Entry is free. Max 6 pax per tour.

Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 13:30 & 15:00

Getting here

Askeaton Castle,
Office of Public Works,
Askeaton,
Co Limerick.

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Askeaton Castle

In the very heart of this County Limerick town stand the impressive remains of a medieval fortress. Askeaton Castle dates from 1199, when William de Burgo built it on a rock in the River Deel.

Over the centuries, the castle proved itself key to the history of Munster. It was the power base of the earls of Desmond after 1348. In 1579 it held out against the English general Sir Nicholas Malby, an incident that helped spark the second Desmond Rebellion.

The banqueting hall is one of the finest medieval secular buildings in Ireland. The tower is partly ruined, but some fine windows and an exquisite medieval fireplace have remained.

The early eighteenth-century building nearby was used as a Hellfire Club. These clubs were rumoured to be dens of excess in which wealthy gentlemen indulged in drink, mock ritual and other nefarious activities.

Opening Times

1 September – 30 October

Monday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00

Last admission 15:00

Notice

Entry is by guided tour only as there are ongoing conservation works at the site. Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 13:30 & 15:00.

Please wait at the gate where the Guide will meet you and take you on tour.

Contact

Askeaton Castle,
Office of Public Works,
Askeaton,
Co Limerick.

087 1139670

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Facilities

  • Guided tours

Restrictions

  • Access by Guided Tour Only

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