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Desmond Castle

Cork Street, Adare, Ireland
+353 61 396 666
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Lovely location....good guided tour

Worth visiting this castle ruin: it can only be done via a free guided tour from the visitor centre... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
Being renovated

Desmond Castle is undergoing some renovations but you are still able to take a tour of it. It is... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Alexandra T
Murrieta, California
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The Desmond Castle is located on the edge of the village of Adare, just off the N21 on the main Limerick to Kerry road. The castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion in 1536, when it was forfeited and granted to the Earls of Desmond who gave the castle its present name. Tours of the 13th century Norman Castle operate daily from June to the end of September. Groups may be accommodated outside of these months on request.
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“heritage centre” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cork Street, Adare, Ireland
+353 61 396 666
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth visiting this castle ruin: it can only be done via a free guided tour from the visitor centre where they take you to the castle on a small bus. When we went, on last tour of the day, there were just two couples. The...More

Thank bobjanh
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Desmond Castle is undergoing some renovations but you are still able to take a tour of it. It is definitely worth a visit. Just get a ticket at the visitors center because the castle is inaccessible without it.

Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Adare Castle We went on a sunny day and there wasn't much shade so we were in the warm sun, you can only enter by tour and through the visitor center which is not far from the castle.They came with a bus and took us...More

Thank AriPadilla
Reviewed 26 August 2017

I first want to state, any of the reviews that are saying you have to go through the golf course to get to this are posted on the wrong thing. That is the Adare Franciscan Friary. For the Desmond Castle you need to either go...More

Thank Chris O
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

What a great tour we had of the castle! Kids loved it. Lots of fun facts from the tour guide. Got a real insight into its history.

Thank Cookefamilyoffour
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Desmond Castle is a beautiful ruin that gives you an excellent glimpse of life in the Middle Ages. Our tour guide was excellent and very informative. You need to make a tour reservation in advance at the Welcome Center in town but it is worth...More

Thank OldCastleTrish
Reviewed 17 July 2017

My partner and I, along with two friends recently enjoyed a 10 day holiday in Ireland. We started just north of Shannon in Doolin and then drove south along the coast towards Kinsale. Then we drove north east towards Dublin our last stop before heading...More

Thank daksterinwaltham
Reviewed 17 July 2017

I took a guided tour from the heritage center in the center of town. It is a short bus ride to the castle. The guide was amusing and informative. One could imagine life among the ruins of this 800 year-old castle. I enjoyed taking photos....More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We did not have time to take a tour of the castle but we did have a nice view of it in the evening from the bridge. Looks like an interesting place.

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We have taken this tour before. The guide was good and we learned more about the ruin and what part was used for what.

Thank Susie A
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Response from tripplan2015 | Reviewed this property |
Oops may be accommodated