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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • The staff are very helpful and enthusiastic. The garden was nice to walk around and gave me loads of ideas for my own veg patch. Found it very interesting to learn about the rare black bees that have made the home at the castle. I will come back again as they're restoring more of the house.
  • This is more an estate house than castle but has lots of history to it and is well worth a visit, the lawns are well looked after, there is a huge garden with work in progress. The house itself has been partially restored as only the ground floor is open to the public. The stables are being renovated at the moment, I was informed by the staff to make way for a cafe and toilets. Intended visitors should note there are no public toilets on the site at present, shame on the OPW. This is a wonderful for a family at the weekends and visit the harbour in Portumna to look at the boats.
  • Smashing spot. Ongoing renovations are slowly but surely bringing this magnificent house back to life. However it's the kitchen garden which really make this a wonderful expereince. As ever OPW staff are great. Well worth the 5 euro entrance fee
  • 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...
  • Gkids loved it even though they r only 3 /2

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