Athenry Castle, Athenry

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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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  • July 19, 2017
    We were recently in Athenry and went to the Castle. It was a very interesting visit and the tour guide(Sorry I didn't get her name) was execellent and you could tell she really love her job !! She exp...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    We visited the Athenry Castle last week. It is well worth a visit. First we viewed the video which ran for about 20 minutes and this was very informative and interesting. It provided a historical pres...  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    The castle is fascinating,, and the staff was fun and informative! It wasn't crowded, and the town is lovely.  more »
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  • December 19, 2016
    Intriguing building but closed in the winter months. Same goes for the monastery opposite. Would not make a specific trip here to this town (there isn't really anything going on) but may be worth a drive through if you're going that way anyway.
  • August 2, 2016
    Friendly knowledgeable visitor centre staff taking time out to answer questions about the castle. Restored during various different periods. Great place for the whole family. Paid parking nearby.
  • September 9, 2016
    A nice castle. Movie inside with some history about castle and general about ireland. And it doesnt cost a fortune.
  • June 21, 2016
    It's a lovely experience but simple. Great to get a sense of the history of the area, the video is lovely to watch and it's cool to see the views from the top.
  • July 25, 2015
    The castle in Athenry sits on a beautiful river bed, in a lovely park, the walls of the town still stand strong, along with the last of its gates still standing in the centre of the town. Athenry town itself is a charming wee town, with streets that follow no rules! you will feel like you have stepped back in time. We loved the wee movie and it's well worth watching it to get a feel for life in the castle.

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