Heritage Ireland

Desmond Castle Adare

Discover a medieval masterpiece, built for defence

Closed due to Covid-19 restrictions

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Desmond Castle Adare

Discover a medieval masterpiece, built for defence

Closed due to Covid-19 restrictions

See all opening times

Site Closed

Admission

Adult: €10.00
Student/Senior €8.00
Family: €22.50

Getting here

Adare Heritage Centre
Adare
Co. Limerick
V94 DWV7

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Trip Advisor

4.5

Desmond Castle Adare

Desmond Castle Adare 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.

Desmond Castle Adare 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.

Contact

Adare Heritage Centre
Adare
Co. Limerick
V94 DWV7

061 396 666

Getting Here

Desmond Castle Adare 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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Facilities

  • Cafe
  • Car park
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet

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