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Charleville Castle, Tullamore

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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.
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  • I am so glad that my husband and I visited this castle! We stopped in Tullamore on the way from Dublin to Galway to go to the distillery. I had read about this castle and thought it would be something...  more »
  • I was in Tullamore, so I had to visit its castle. I visited in the winter, so the place was not open for business. There was a sign on the door letting visitors know about the reduced hours during the...  more »
  • Charleville Castle-nice small castle. It adds to the mystique of the forest road you can drive to it. Recommend to visit!
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  • Very cool medieval castle in the process of being restored. The tours are worth your time and the history is fascinating. It would have been cool to see some of the tunnels and hidden parts of the castle but those are not open to the public.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • the tour is 20 euro for two people lasts about 20mins and they dont let you see goal or third floor
  • This castle is amazing. It is hidden and was first hard to find. On my tour, it was rainy and there were no other tourists. A woman gave us a guide tour through it, which was great. Very spooky place. It is a haunted castle with a great history behind it. Apparently, it is also the filming location for the Reign series