A picturesque village full of culture and character, Adare’s impressive medieval history certainly makes it stand out from the crowd.
The Norman built Desmond Castle on the banks of the Maigue offers a glimpse into the impressive history of the place, while the 19th Century neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece, Adare Manor, is set in 840 acres of parkland and nestled among venerable oak trees.
Much of the present village is an early 19th century creation, built by the Earl of Dunraven, for workers constructing Adare Manor. Some architectural gems from this period include the picture-perfect row of thatched cottages lining the main street.
A visit to Adare Heritage Centre provides an insight into the history of the village with an informative exhibition. The centre also hosts a number of craft shops and a restaurant.
Delve deeper and take a walking tour of Adare’s most historic buildings including the Trinitarian Abbey founded in c.1230, the 14th century Augustinian Friary and the Franciscan Friary, founded by Thomas, Earl of Kildare and his wife in 1464 and the ruins of which of are located within the grounds of Adare Manor Golf Club.
Set off on a tranquil stroll around Adare Village Park, a peaceful haven on the Main Street or check out Adare’s farmers market, every Saturday morning at the Village Hall - a must visit for locals and visitors who like to sample local produce and crafts.
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