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Charleville Castle is a Gothic-style castle located in County Offaly, Ireland, bordering the town of Tullamore, near the River Clodiagh. It is considered one of the finest of its type in the country.HistoryThe first manison house to be built on the site of Charleville castle was by Thomas Moore circa 1641. The estate passed through the hands of Charles Moore, Lord Tullamore, grandson of Thomas, and when he died in 1674 it went via his sister Jane to Charles William Bury. Charles William was later (1806) created the 1st Earl of Charleville in a second creation of the title. The new earl decided to build a new house on the estate. Commissioned in 1798, it was designed by Francis Johnston, and was built between 1800 and 1812.The castle was not continuously occupied, owing to the castle owners lack of resources. Each re-opening of the house resulted in the addition of new rooms or refurbishment. This included engaging William Morris, who designed the ceiling within the dining room. The castle played host to Lord Byron, who held many parties here. The house once boasted a painting from 1789 called Henry VIII, Act V, Scene 4 by Matthew William Peters, which having been removed from the house in 1970 is now in a Canadian collection.The castle remained uninhabited from 1912 when Colonel Howard Bury left to live in Belvedere House, County Westmeath. By 1968 the roof had been removed. Work on its restoration was commenced by Michael McMullen in 1971 and later by Constance Heavey Seaquist and Bonnie Vance. A Charitable Trust has been formed to help with the restoration.To visit Charleville Castle and other attractions in County Offaly, use our County Offaly holiday builder site .
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Charleville Castle Reviews
louisemerrell1986August 15, 2017
Had my wedding pictures here and it was fab. I haven't got my official wedding pictures yet but from what our photographer showed us, they are going to be stunning. Got some lovely pictures of all the... more »
Gizmo123456789August 14, 2017
Lovely castle we really enjoyed our visit even though the tour isn't very long, our guide was very knowledgeable and relayed all the information brilliantly. Somebody needs to free up some funds to en... more »
AriStidJuly 31, 2017
Poco fuori dal centro abitato di Tullamore, in un bel parco con alberi d alto fusto si erge la mole un poco tetra del neogotico Castelletto di Charleville, epoca tardo ottocento primo novecento, insom... more »Just outside the town of Tullamore, in a beautiful park with trees d tall trees stands the mole a little tetra-Gothic period of late 19th-early 20th century Charleville Castle, in short nothing remarkable or miss, if not for the legend you want it haunted by ghosts. A guided tour may be of interest.
Sarah KaneJuly 4, 2017
What a great place! Beautiful castle and grounds, and a tour for 10 euros that goes toward hopefully helping preserve the rest of the castle! Tour guides know a lot and it's full of surprises!!
Darren Hand Martial ArtsFebruary 20, 2017
How to describe Charleville...here goes. The owners of Charleville Castle leave the grounds open, so now it is a local amenity, where families walk their dogs, explore the forest, joggers run, and people really enjoy. The only part that is off limits is the working farm, and the inside of the castle, which can be toured, and is really interesting. Filled with strange and sad stories, and rumoured to be haunted...highly recommended.
Galen CaughronSeptember 2, 2016
This is a must see and I never would have gone if my wife wasn't obsessed with haunted places. Take the guided tour, volunteers will take you through. Apparently there is a volunteer program where you can live there while you restore the castle. I wish I could have spent some time in the magical woods surrounding the place. One of the volunteers told us the tree you pass on the way in is thought to be the oldest living tree in Ireland. You'll know it when you see it. It's magnificent and sorely needed some protection. When we were there kids were running up and down it's branches.
Jared O'ConnellSeptember 30, 2016
We had a fantastic tour here. Very much worth a stop. A spooky yet beautiful castle with some interesting history. Our tour guide was one of the volunteer artists and she was fun and a great guide.
Mary AlagnaJanuary 26, 2017
Really unique, utterly beautiful, voluntary effort - not your standard 'big house' tour. Well worth a visit
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Where to stay in County Offaly
While many visitors come to see the alluring monastic city of Clonmacnoise, travelers to County Offaly should consider spending time in some of its overlooked towns, including Tullamore and Birr, because Clonmacnoise does not offer a lot of places to stay. Spend the night at a traditional bed and breakfast in the county's biggest town, Tullamore, or head to a hotel or guesthouse in Birr for a chance to experience authentic Irish nightlife. As with many small towns in Ireland, staying in the center of town is your best bet.
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