Athenry Castle, Athenry

Athenry Castle is a tower house and National Monument located in Athenry, Ireland.LocationAthenry Castle is located off Court Lane in the east part of Athenry, on the west bank of the River Clarin. It is sited on a natural rise and defended the ford.HistoryDespite being locally known as King John's Castle or King John's Court (after the Lord of Ireland 1177–1216), it wasn't built until twenty years after his reign.The original keep (constructed 1235/40) was low and squat, the roof being at the level of the present second floor. Meyler de Bermingham extended it c. 1250. In 1316 the castle was attacked, leading to the construction of city walls. In the 15th century the Berminghams moved from it to their town house near the market cross in the square. In 1596 the castle fell into the hands of the O'Donnells.The battlements are 13th century and in the 15th century, these parapets were incorporated into gables for a new roof.The castle was restored in 2005.BuildingAthenry Castle is a large rectangular building with base-batter, originally containing only a hall on the upper level and storerooms at ground level. The battlements are 13th century with tall arrowslits in the merlons. In the 15th century, these parapets were incorporated into gables at the north and south ends for a new roof. Parts of the original enclosure wall of the castle survive.
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  • One of the things about Ireland is the wealth of true history the country has to offer. Athenry was truly a jewel. It didn't suffer from the mass tourism we experienced in other areas but had such won...  more »
  • Very nice castle in Athenry that has been preserved, unlike many that are dotted around the countryside. The video on the upper floor gives great history to the place. Well worth a visit if you are in...  more »
  • On the drive from Galway to Dublin, I saw a sign for Athenry (specifically Athenry Castle). Always being interested in seeing the different castles in Ireland, I decided to make a quick detour. It was...  more »
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  • An amazing place to learn about the history of the area. Highly recommend it if you have any interest in the culture and history of Ireland. The staff are super friendly.
  • Beautiful castle, which is really well maintained, and is presented well for the public. The staff were super helpful, and they were ready to answer any questions, and even to restart a film so that my group did not miss any of it. They also told us about other sites in the area, and give us information on visiting them as well. Great experience and I would love to go back someday!
  • Unfortunately closed for the winter season but was able to take exterior pictures and visit the Abbey near by. Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha an Rí Built in 1200's by Anglo Normans there Berginghams. It's classified as a Tower House and was renovated in 2005.
  • This is a fantastic historical landmark is a sight to behold and has a astonishing architecture
  • Went to attend a Halloween event, was turned away at the door because they had too many children and hadn't anticipated the turn out, had to comfort a bawling 3 year old who couldn't understand why they weren't allowed to go in, lots of other parents turned away too, they could have easily said come back in an hour and put a second show on to avoid upsetting children. Will not be wasting my time or diesel attending anything here again in the future.
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