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Listowel Castle

The last bastion of the FitzGeralds

09:30 – 18:00

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Listowel Castle

The last bastion of the FitzGeralds

09:30 – 18:00

See all opening times

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Free admission

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The Square
Co. Kerry
V31 RD93

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Listowel Castle

Listowel Castle stands on an elevation overlooking the River Feale, above the location of a strategic ford. Although only half of the building survives, it is still one of Kerry’s best examples of Anglo-Norman architecture.

Only two of the original four square towers, standing over 15 metres high, remain. The towers are united by a curtain wall of the same height and linked together – unusually – by an arch on one side.

Listowel was the last bastion against the forces of Queen Elizabeth in the First Desmond Rebellion in 1569. The castle’s garrison held out for 28 days of siege before finally being overpowered by Sir Charles Wilmot. In the days following the castle’s fall, Wilmot executed all of the soldiers left inside.

Right next door to the castle is Seanchaí – the Kerry Literary and Cultural Centre – where you can journey through the fascinating history of the castle and the region.

Opening Times

21st May – 18th September

09.30 – 18.00

Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Average length of visit: 1 hour

Seasonal Opening Times

Out of Season Tour Groups

Listowel Castle can be opened out of season for tour groups by prior arrangement with Pádraig Ó Ruairc


The Square
Co. Kerry
V31 RD93

086 385 7201

Getting Here

Located in Listowel town centre

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    • Access by Guided Tour Only
    • Hold hand rail
    • Limited Access
    • Uneven walkways

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