Portumna Castle, Portumna

Portumna Castle and Demesne occupy a magnificent location on the shores of Lough Derg on the River Shannon. Although gutted by fire in 1826, the Castle is still an imposing example of Irish architecture of the early 17th Century. Built before 1618 by Richard de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, the castle became the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years.

Architecturally, the building marks the transition from the medieval Tower House to the Renaissance style manor house with complimentary influences from both periods. Following the fire and the ravages of time, the castle degenerated into a roofless shell. However, since 1968, the Office of Public Works re-roofed the building and based on extensive archaeological and historical research, other major conservation and partial restoration works continue to be carried out by a team of skilled craftsmen.

The imposing façade of the castle faces north and is approached by a long avenue and formal gardens. The dramatic approach has three formal enclosures which contain geometric and regular plantings, an old shrub rose garden and a walled kitchen garden, all combining to re-create a sense of the original 17th century setting.

The ground floor of the castle is open to the public and houses an exhibition on the history and restoration of the building and the de Burgo family. The virtual reality DVD presentation adds to the exhibition, bringing the story to life.

Portumna Castle is surrounded by the towns' local attractions – Lough Derg, the River Shannon and Portumna Forest Park. Activities include golfing, hiking, go-karting, various heritage sites and more, which makes Portumna and its surrounds a really worthwhile area to visit.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Only the ground floor is accessible and it's not buggy friendly either. Plenty of information on the signs about the history of the house and its restoration. Highlight is the gardens and especially t...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    On the whole you get what you pay for it was 5 Euro to enter and the gardens are very nice indeed , the building though we found a bit disappointing , not too much to see inside but overall ok.  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Outstanding grounds and garden. Great example of an Irish Castle but the inside was damaged by fire many years ago and it is not fully restored. But you can see many structural aspects that are of int...  more »
  • June 17, 2017
    Was recommended in the Workhouse that I see 'the other side of the coin' and it was worth doing. The gardens were lovely (we got a sunny day) and it was really peaceful. Visiting both Workhouse and Castle was sobering...
  • August 1, 2016
    The building is impressive, the history is one to learn about and it a must to visit the Irish Workhouse in Portumna, then decide how you feel about the castle once knowing the history. Yet the castle like I say is impressive and the kitchen garden is beautiful and the grounds stunning.
  • June 6, 2017
    17th century architecture.
  • June 11, 2016
    Great castle with beautiful gardens. Well worth a stop!
  • August 25, 2016
    Not something you should pay for, not much to see inside. It's basically just a shell.

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