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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  • August 4, 2017
    Easy enough to find, this is a good small castle ruin. Too bad there is trash left about as it does rather spoil the effect for visitors.  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Mallow Castle is a very nice ruin to visit if you're in town but I wouldnt in all conscience advise people to come to Mallow just to see it alone. As nice as it is, you will have seen what there is to...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Nice to have a 15-minute visit. beautiful, but beet worth far for to drive. the restaurant "prppers" at fe entrance is nice and worth.
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  • May 21, 2017
    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.
  • May 12, 2017
    Mallow Castle is so cute and it's free!!! It was deceiving when we drove up to the entrance gate we thought there was a barracade and no parking so we paid to park on the street nearby, but when we walked up to the castle gate entrance there was a somewhat hidden sign for a huge parking lot around back. There was quite a bit of trash inside the castle on the ground and remnants of firepits so that was sad that people are so lazy and disrespectful but overall a really awesome and worthwhile Irish castle to visit, especially en route to Cork City.
  • April 17, 2017
    Nice place for a stroll and right in the town with nice green area for a picnic
  • March 6, 2017
    Great insight to former castle, nice ambient.
  • May 23, 2017
    No fees for entry

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