The castles of Ireland give one a glimpse of Ireland's rich history and the grandeur associated with the architecture. The luxurious and glorious castles can truly make you feel like a royal when you enter these structures. It's their sheer brilliance in architecture, which has mainly held our fascination about these buildings.
It was built between the years, 1610 to 1666, by Sir John Clotworthy. Sadly, a major portion of this castle caught fire in the year 1922 during a grand ball. This led to the destruction of the castle. Today, the gardens remain to be a very popular tourist destination.
Harry Avery's Castle
The curious construction of this monument is probably what makes people interested in it. The Harry Avery's castle is situated south west of Newtownstewart, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. It has 2-story rectangular shaped construction, with massive twin towers that are D shaped. It was named after Henry Aimbreidh O' Neil (Harry Avery O' Neil).
It is also now a luxurious hotel since 1998, providing the much-needed respite from the city life for the privileged few. This castle was built between the years 1712-1716 by Colonel William Flower.
This was built during the years 1789 and 1798. Designed by James Wyatt, it is now one of the most treasured castles. The design is neo classical and it has been reopened for the public since the year 2006. It is located in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.
The castle is almost in ruins and the only remains that remain are a part of the polygonal shaped keep. This castle sadly faced destruction after it was dismantled following the Civil War of 1641.
Today, this castle is restored and one can enjoy the beautiful boat rides on the lake in the summer season. There are various legends associated with this castle and the ancestors of this place, the O'Donoghue clan.
It lies in the central area of the Bunratty village and was built in the 15th century. This medieval fortress has luxurious and elaborately styled rooms. Some of the first dwellers that lived out here were the Vikings. One can get a gorgeous view from the top of the castle of the estuary and the airport area.
Conor O'Brien, the Prince of Thomond, built it in the year 1142. There was a specific tower that was connected to a river, which was the main source of water in the ancient days.
The Audley castle is located near Strangford, County Down. This lies in the Northern areas of Ireland. The beautiful Irish countryside is dotted with many castles like the Audley castle. Built in the 15th century, the Audley castle has an unmistakable tower. A thin wall that has a simple gate encloses this tower.
This castle was completed in 1870 after a wooden castle was destroyed in a fire, which was also built on this site. It was designed by Charles Lanyon and his son for the 2nd Marquess of Donegall. This place deserves a visit and its antiques shop also remains to be a major attraction for many people who flock to the Belfast castle from all around the globe.