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Great Stop....Challenging to Visit

My partner and I, along with two friends recently enjoyed a 10 day holiday in Ireland. We started... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Waltham, Massachusetts
Highlight of Adare attractions

I took a guided tour from the heritage center in the center of town. It is a short bus ride to the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sharon S
Malibu, California
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The Desmond Castle is located on the edge of the village of Adare, just off the N21 on the main Limerick to Kerry road. The castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion in 1536, when it was forfeited and granted to the Earls of Desmond who gave the castle its present name. Tours of the 13th century Norman Castle operate daily from June to the end of September. Groups may be accommodated outside of these months on request.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cork Street, Adare, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My partner and I, along with two friends recently enjoyed a 10 day holiday in Ireland. We started just north of Shannon in Doolin and then drove south along the coast towards Kinsale. Then we drove north east towards Dublin our last stop before heading...More

Thank daksterinwaltham
Reviewed 6 days ago

I took a guided tour from the heritage center in the center of town. It is a short bus ride to the castle. The guide was amusing and informative. One could imagine life among the ruins of this 800 year-old castle. I enjoyed taking photos....More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not have time to take a tour of the castle but we did have a nice view of it in the evening from the bridge. Looks like an interesting place.

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have taken this tour before. The guide was good and we learned more about the ruin and what part was used for what.

Thank Susie A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'd a great afternoon here with a very knowledgeable and engaging tour guide, who also had huge patience! Really impressive.

Thank norahenn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My favorite castle to visit. No gift shops, no fluff. It was very interesting and nicely restored. Not "touristy" at all.

Thank Karin H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Touring is only with a guide. There were only 4 of us and it was a good tour. Leaves from the heritage center several times a day

Thank Fsulaw1
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Sitting by the River Maigue since the 13th century this medieval fortified castle is one of the few existing examples of a Norman castle in Europe. When inside it has beautiful views of the river through the original windows. It consists of a large square...More

1  Thank ukienomad
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Inviting to look at and must have been imposing in it's time. Roped off so that you can't visit the ruins but very nice even from the outside. Nice location right on the river,

Thank davechardon
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Had a excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide who was passionate about sharing so much great history about the castle and the entire area.

1  Thank Deborah P
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3 February 2016|
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Response from tripplan2015 | Reviewed this property |
Oops may be accommodated