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Maynooth Castle

A glimpse of life in a Norman fortress

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Maynooth Castle

A glimpse of life in a Norman fortress

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Free admission

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Co. Kildare
W23 F2D5

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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

25 May- 27 September 2023

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last Tour 16:30

Last Entry 17:30


Limited access for visitors with disabilities.

Groups of 10 or more must pre-book.


Co. Kildare
W23 F2D5

01 628 6744

Getting Here

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

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  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Picnic Area


  • No toilet facilities

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