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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  • 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 »
  • The castle and grounds are quite photogenic! There are great views of the town from the upper levels. There was an interesting movie about the history of the castle  more »
  • 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.
  • The restored towerhouse is impressive. There are places like Ballintober Abbey, Holy Cross Abbey and the gatehouse in Boyle that recreate a simplicity of Norman style that I found surprising but these are all religious. Simply standing inside an undecorated tower house makes this place worth a visit. The guides I met on my three visits were always cheerful and engaging. The place was always well maintained and I enjoyed the visit
  • i don't usually go there but its quite a charm.. I think they should restore the place give its old days back..
  • Great local attraction, with staff that are a wealth of information on the castle and local areas
  • Fantastic Guides at this site. Willing to give you time and knowledge.

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