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What’s The Oldest Castle In Ireland?

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What’s the oldest castle in Ireland? Kilkea Castle.

What’s the oldest castle in Ireland?

Many people ask the question, what’s the oldest castle in Ireland. An hour away from Dublin, you will find Ireland’s oldest castle, Kilkea Castle which was built in the 12th century.

With a history dating back to 1180, Kilkea Castle is still inhabited today and you can even come and live like royalty for a few days. Kilkea Castle is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts L.V.X Collection and it captures the mystical charm of a 12th Century majestic castle with the overwhelming allure of timeless sophistication and style. 

Once the medieval stronghold of the FitzGerald’s, Earls of Kildare, the Castle was built by Hugh de Lacy for one of Strongbow’s Norman Noblemen, Walter de Riddlesford; it now offers a very warm Irish welcome to guests from everywhere and anywhere.

Conveniently located in Castledermot, only an hour from Dublin,  along Ireland’s Ancient East and set on 180 acres of its own wonderful woodland, gardens and golf course, Kilkea Castle enchants from the moment you drive down the beech-lined avenue overlooking the Killeshin Hills, only minutes from the ancient Mullaghreelan Woods.

Ther 140 Bedroom Resort provides several accommodation options and will  appeal to all tastes and budgets.  You can even exclusively hire Kilkea Castle for that special day, which has a long history of delivering fairytale Weddings.The Castle is also the perfect choice for a family gathering or corporate retreat and you could just  imagine yourself as King or Queen while enjoying your very own Irish Castle!

What Is The Largest Castle In Ireland?

Ireland has more than 30 000 castles and to know which ones to visit you certainly need some guidance. Fortunately, here at Love Ireland, we have you covered.

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Last updated May 29, 2023


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