Desmond Castle Adare

  • Adare, Co. Limerick. Photo: Sean Curtin

This is a large square tower, close to the main road and bridge over the River Maigue. It is surrounded by a strong battlemented rampart with semicircular bastions. A gate to the south has a drawbridge.

Adare is regarded as a fine example of the medieval fortified castle in Ireland and is one of a number of outstanding castles situated in County Limerick. It is sited on the north bank of the River Maigue in a strategic position on a substantial earlier ringwork where it was able to control traffic on the river. It was an important stronghold of the Earls of Desmond. A strong, square keep forms the defensive core of the castle that stands within a walled ward surrounded by a moat. Beside the river is the great hall, with early 13th century windows looking out on to the river, and nearby is a kitchen and a bakery.

A major programme of conservation and restoration works has been completed and access to the site is available by Guided tour Access to Adare Castle is managed in partnership with the Adare Heritage Centre located at Main Street, Adare. Guided tours to Adare Castle operate from the Adare Heritage Centre by means of a shuttle bus service to and from the castle.

Location: Adare Castle 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 through the Adare Heritage Centre in Adare Village).

Guided Tours: Access to Adare Castle is by guided tour only from the Adare Heritage Centre.

Video by PJ Corbett and Brendan Landy  I  Voiceover by Katie Conway.


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