Mallow Castle, Mallow

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Mallow Castle is a National Monument situated off the N72 on Bridewell Lane, Mallow, County Cork, Ireland.
The 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.
The 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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  • This is an interesting stop while exploring county Kerry if you have some time to spare. There is some castle ruins and the old stables has been converted into a lovely building that is well maintaine...  more »
  • We were so surprised when we happened across this beautiful area. We had stopped for a quick bite at the gallery and passed by the castle as we were parking. Such a picturesque castle and mansion with...  more »
  • The room was very clean and tidy. In the evenings, "little" teenagers gather. Located in the heart of the village.
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  • It looks like work is being done inside, I really hope they intend to reopen the main house, I just loved it. So quiet and private and it rekindled lovely memories from books I read over 2 decades ago...
  • Great scenic walk. Nice and quiet. I just wish everyone would clean up after their dogs there so my toddler could enjoy running in the grass.
  • Unfortunately, you cannot walk amongst the castle ruins because it is not safe, but there is a nice walk in the grounds and an information panel. There is a nearby walk, with picnic tables, that takes you down to the river. There is also another impressive building just beside it. It said that there was visitor parking just inside the gates, but we had already parked in a public car park beside the nearby Lidl.
  • Beautiful house on the outside. Not able to go inside the but architecture is amazing. Mallow Castle regrettably was not able to be walked through due to disrepair.
  • The most underutilised facility and tourism opportunity in Cork County. If this was in West Cork or Kerry it would be a major attraction. Outside of that it is worth a visit.
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