History & Heritage

Adare abounds with rich history and heritage, dating back to 1200AD, which is ever present in it's beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins.

Adare aerial view

The Geraldines of Kildare developed Adare in medieval times and the present village was largely an early 19th century creation by the Dunravens.

A visit to Adare's Heritage Centre and the Historical Exhibition will allow you to step back in time and take a journey through Adare’s unique past, from the arrival of the Normans to the ancient Abbeys of the Middle Ages.

Why not take a guided tour of the 13th Century Desmond Castle, one of the few remaining authentic Norman Castles in Europe.

Or bring the history of Adare to life on a leisurely walk through medieval monasteries, listening to historic tales of ancient times and people.

For a full list of historic attractions in Adare please click here.