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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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  • Came here with friends for wedding photos to be taken. Great spot, beautiful castle and fantastic photos. 
  • Walked into Charleville Castle from the Tullamore town side. The walk, through wooded land was very pleasant. There were quite a few walking and running that evening. Disappointed that the castle itse...  read more »
  • Pop by Charleville Castle and do the guided tour, the place is amazing and well worth a visit. The tour guides really know their stuff and every time I visit I learn something new about the castle. It...  read more »
  • 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
  • Quite hard to find it. But castle looks fantastic. Inside and outside. Wouldn't come here second time. But once off is OK.
  • Great place full of history. If you are ever going through the town make sure you make a stop here. Been here many times and always had a good time
  • Just to be allowed on and have a good look around lots of information given by a wonderful tour guide
  • I am a descendant of the Sharleville's . I wish I could go there and find out about my ancestors. I think if I get up enough money I would visit. I would like to know more about this Castle. Thank you, Sandra Ann Sharleville/Martin
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