Mallow Castle, Mallow

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Mallow Castle is a National Monument situated off the N72 on Bridewell Lane, Mallow, County Cork, Ireland.DescriptionThe 33acre site is composed gardens and parkland on which three buildings sit: the remains of a 16th-century fortified house, a 19th-century mansion to the north, and the ruins of a 13th-century castle to the east. The fortified house is a long rectangular three-storey building, with two polygonal towers on the north-west and south-west corners. It is early Jacobean in style, featuring high gables, stepped battlements, and mullioned windows. The wings of the house project from the centre of the south and north walls, with the entrance in the north wing. The design of the house was to provide a field of fire around it entirely.The 19th-century baronial mansion has parts which date to the 1690s and is situated near the older ruined Mallow Castle. As a refurbished building it features 8 reception rooms, which include a music room, a billiard room and a library, as well as 12 bedrooms.HistoryThe fortified house dates from the 16th century and is believed to have been built by Sir Thomas Norreys before his death 1599. Following his death, his niece Elizabeth and her husband Sir John Jephson inherited the house, with their family remaining in Mallow for almost 400 years. It was placed under siege by Richard Butler, Lord Mountgarret, in 1642 during the Irish Confederate Wars and did not fall. It was captured in 1645 by James Tuchet, Lord Castlehaven. The house was badly damaged by fire during the Williamite War and subsequently abandoned by the Jephsons. The Jephsons built the new mansion house on the site of the older castle's stable block.
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  • Went here in our travels. we like adventuring to non guided and abandoned places, and this was a great stop. beautiful scenes. ruins very well in tact. no other tourists there. be warned, there were t...  more »
  • Being lovers of ruins/castles/abbeys etc, we were looking forward to visit this particular castle, it did not disappoint. It was built in the late 16th century and now just a shell of its former self,...  more »
  • It was recently renovated, beautiful area there are the Castle and the estate plus fountain, deer, at the entrance there is a charming cottage
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  • This place was a pleasant treat to visit. While touring Mallow, my wife and I stumbled upon this "castle" and almost didn't go in because we didn't think it was open due to nobody being around. The old remains allowed for my imagination to run with the story being told by signs on the grounds. It was very peaceful and I loved that everything was so well kept. I was told by a local, though, that the building on the grounds had all of the old furniture and decorations sold off some time ago and a lot of the history was no longer there. The white stags in the back are easy to miss but are worth a view while you're back there.
  • Easy access from main street. Very well maintained. Nice walled garden
  • Perfect to relax and enjoy getting a conversations with friends. If it's halloween you will enjoy with the kids dressing up!
  • Not this much to say. I kind of really liked this castle. Or whats left of it. We went here a few times and I imagine that it's a nice place for a picnic in summer. At least I can say, first castle we found without fee, it's free! The wooden carved dragon is impressive answer took some pics over there.
  • Beautiful ruins in a beautiful small park. Pity is difficult the get there because of the traffic due to the road conditions.

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