Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan

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Newtown Castle is a 16th-century tower house, located close to the village of Ballyvaughan within the Burren area of County Clare, Ireland. Uniquely for a tower house of its type in Ireland, Newtown Castle is mostly cylindrical in shape but rises from a square pyramidical base. It is today part of the Burren College of Art.HistoryNewtown Castle was likely built circa 1550 for the O'Brien clan. In the Forfeitures and Distribution books of 1641 it was listed as property of Donogh O'Brien. However, Newtown Castle soon passed into possession of the O'Lochlainn (or O'Loghlen) family, the most powerful clan of the area. The Ordnance Survey of 1839 names Charles O'Loghlen as inhabitant of the castle and describes the tower as being in good repair. Charles O'Loghlen was locally known as the "King of the Burren".In 1848, the landlord, the then Marquess of Buckingham who had been bankrupted sold the local lands. The Buckingham estates in County Clare, around 7000acre in the Barony of Burren were purchased for 30,000 pounds by one Richard Samuel Guinness, acting as agent for Colonel Henry White.At the time of the Griffith's valuation in the 1850s, the building next to the castle, erected in about 1820, was a rectory inhabited by the Reverend Hugh B. Howlett.
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  • Unfortunately we were there on a Sunday so the grouds proper was closed, but we took some great pictures from the outside. The Burren College of Art has a gallery and a cafe on site (again closed for ...  more »
  • A nice tower in peaceful surroundings that is a pleasant place to stop if nearby. The restoration is well done. Unfortunately the coffee shop was closed when we visited due to a corporate function.  more »
  • We were staying nearby and decided to check out the castle. They are in the middle of redoing part of the exhibit so would like to see it again. Nice enough castle, especially if you read the history....  more »
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  • It's not a castle, but a tower. It's accessible and free. Pay attention getting there: the road is one way, you cannot get out from the same way you get in.

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Discover the charms of the Burren area by staying at an affordable bed and breakfast or traditional cottage in Ballyvaughan. While there are a handful of hotels to choose from here, this village is known for its self-catering accommodations, most of which come in the form of cottage-style guesthouses and basic bed and breakfasts. The center of the village offers lodging for a range of visitors traveling with different budgets.
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