As per an unofficial data, Ireland has over 30,000 castles. Though many are in ruins, there are a few castles that are rented out as countryside getaway homes or converted into fine hotels.
A 15th century castle, Bunratty castle is one of the well-preserved castles in County Clare, west Ireland. The castle was built by the MacNamara Family.
The castle displays the art works, furnishing and tapestries belonging to the 15th and 16th century.
The 12th century castle is only half an hour train ride from Dublin. It was built by the Talbots.
The castle was renovated in the 15th century during the reign of King Edward IV. The towers of the castle were added only in the mid-17th century.
The castle is surrounded by a moat and has a drawbridge. Few rooms and bedrooms have been opened to the public to get a gist of the period furniture, paintings and artifacts.
A noteworthy example of the medieval Irish architecture. This castle is known for the Blarney Stone, the Stone of Eloquence.
Over the centuries, the castle was in the hands of various owners. Currently, it is owned by the Colthurst family.
The spiral staircase and vast gardens with poisonous plants lend a mystical atmosphere.
It is a square-shaped stone castle with four towers and a wonderful landscaped garden.
This beautiful castle in Leinster, Dublin is a symbol of the Norman Rule. Though the work of the castle began in the 12th century, it was completed only during the beginning of the 13th century.
This castle is currently converted into a fine 5-starred hotel.
Built by the Normans some 800 years ago and owned for nearly a century by the Guinness family, Ashford Castle is a medieval gem.
A medieval structure at the heart of the Dublin city, but today, it houses offices of the Irish government.
The castle dates back to 18th century and is a perfect example of Norman architecture.
Once belonged to the Earls of Desmond, it is a beautiful structure with turrets, towers and inner courtyards. The castle over looks the River Blackwater.
The castle dates back to the 15th century and is located in Donegal Town, Ulster.
River Eske flows near this Medieval building. A boundary wall using local sandstone and limestone was built in the 17th century.
The Rock of Cashel
It situated on a hill top in County Tipperary. The view from this castle is amazing.
The round tower, the oldest part of the castle is 28 meters and dates back to 12th century. The tower was made solely with stones and no binding agent. However, some mortar fillings have been made to ensure the structure is safe.
The castle has Cormac's Chapel with vaulted ceilings and broad arches.
It's home of the 7th Earl of Rosse. The castle is located in the County Offaly in Central Ireland. It is one of the finest examples of Anglo-Norman Irish castles.
Only the gardens and the park is open to the public.
If you are a lover of Irish history and medieval architecture, plan a visit to this beautiful and scenic country.