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Parke’s Castle

Walk in the footsteps of planters and Gaels

10:00 – 18:00

See all opening times

Parke’s Castle

Walk in the footsteps of planters and Gaels

10:00 – 18:00

See all opening times

Site Closed

Admission

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Getting here

Kilmore
Fivemilebourne
Co. Leitrim
F91 FP71

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Trip Advisor

4.5

Parke’s Castle

Parke’s Castle occupies a striking setting on the northern shores of Lough Gill in County Leitrim.

A restored castle of the early seventeenth century, it was once the home of English planter Robert Parke. There is evidence of an earlier structure on the site, a tower house once owned by Sir Brian O’Rourke, lord of West Breifne. O’Rourke, whom one English governor described as ‘the proudest man this day living on the earth’, resisted crown rule and fled Ireland, but ended up in the hands of Queen Elizabeth’s forces. He was thrown into the Tower of London, tried and finally hanged at Tyburn.

Tragedy struck in 1677, when two of Parke’s children drowned on the lake. The castle then fell into disrepair. Only in the late twentieth century was it restored, using traditional Irish oak and craftsmanship.

Viewed at sunset, the castle cuts a stunning silhouette over the water.

Opening Times

26 March – 08 November

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Average Length of Visit: 1 Hour

Contact

Kilmore
Fivemilebourne
Co. Leitrim
F91 FP71

071 916 4149

Getting Here

On the Sligo-Dromahair Road (R286), 11 km from Sligo Town or 7 km from Dromahair

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Facilities

  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Toilets

Restrictions

  • Uneven walkways

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