The Best Castles Near Dublin You Have To Visit

Ever fancied yourself as a king or a quin for a day? There will be plenty of opportunities to re-live those dreams on your visit to Dublin as the entire city & county is dotted by magnificent castles! There are few castles within very easy walking distance from Barnacles Temple Bar Hostel, and few others can be reached by public transport. Think about picnics on the castle grounds and tours to brush up on your history knowledge.

The Best Castles Near Dublin You Just Have To Visit:

Dublin Castle

Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction.

While not castles per se, you may want to see Dublin City Hall, Government Buildings, General Post Office, Custom House and Four Courts in the city center as well

Malahide Castle

At Malahide Castle and Gardens the history of the Talbot family dates back to as far as 1175 and is one of the oldest castles in Ireland, set on 260 acres, this magnificent & historic castle was home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. Rumor has it it’s still haunted by its jester, the Puck of Malahide. This is wonderful place to visit, and only short walk from lovely Malahide village.

There are plenty other castles in different parts of Dublin you could visit like Dalkey Castle or Swords Castle

Howth Castle

There’s an interesting legend surrounding this 700-year-old castle. In 1576, a pirate named Grainne O’Malley tried to pay a courtesy visit to the castle but was told that the family was eating dinner and the gates were closed to her. O’Malley then kidnapped the grandson and heir of the family. He was released on condition that the gates would always stay open to unexpected visitors and that an extra plate for every meal would be set out. The agreement still remains to this day.

Make sure to visit on a sunny day for a coffee and cake in the cafe.


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Drimnagh Castle

Drimnagh Castle in South West Dublin City consists of a restored Great Hall and a medieval undercroft, a tall battlement tower with lookout posts and other separate buildings. It is the only Irish castle still to be surrounded by a flooded moat.


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Ardgillan Castle and Victorian Gardens

Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is Ireland’s hidden gem. Set in spectacular parklands overlooking the Irish Sea with a magnificent view of the Mourne Mountains. The ‘castle’ is a large eighteenth century country-style house with castellated embellishments. The park consists of 194 acres of rolling open grassland, mixed woodland and gardens, overlooking the Irish Sea with views of Mourne Mountains to the north and Lambay to the south-east.


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Clontarf Castle

Clontarf Castle began life as a strategically placed medieval castle. Today, the 12th-century castle has been converted into a four-star hotel, with a great bar & restaurant to boot. We really like how they combined very traditional elements with modern ones, and if you want to feel really fancy, order some afternoon tea and champagne for that perfect king or quin feel!

These are all within Dublin! If you ever wanted to visit castles, you really don’t have to venture far! There are plenty of other castles and you can even take castle tours that take in loads of castles in the same day. Winning!