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Nenagh Castle

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Address: O'Rahilly Street | Access Via Banba Square, Nenagh, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 67 33850
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Castle is Nenagh's oldest building, and it's construction in the 13th...

The Castle is Nenagh's oldest building, and it's construction in the 13th Century laid the foundation for the development of the town. Theobald FitzWalter, whose successors would become Earls and Dukes of Ormond, built the castle and upon its completition c.1220 It served as the main seat of the Butler family, until 1391.

The Castle boasts the finest cylindrical keep in Ireland. Like most keeps, it formed part of perimiter of the fortress, being incorporated in the curtain walls surrounding a five-sided courtyard.

The Castle has had extensive renovations from 2009 to completion in June 2013.

Free admission and free guided tours are available on request.

The castle is a medieval building and has a stone spiral stairs to the top. There are 101 steps in all to the top. Access to the tower is through a passageway within the base of the wall. This has low head room and visitors will need to stoop to avoid hitting the stone above. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Nenagh Castle is open from April to October.

Tue-Sat: 10am-1pm, 2pm-4.30Pm

Last admission: 3.45 Pm

Free guided tours available on request.

Average length of visit - 30 min.

All groups of 15 or more must pre-book.

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Noreen Kennedy

My favourite time of the year is Christmas and this year moi aka Mrs Clause and Santa had a wonderful time in Nenagh Castle with all the boys and girls. It was magical.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2017
Noreen K
Nenagh, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

its just a castle nothing special all you can do is take a picture it wasnt opened when we were there

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Nenagh, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

My favourite time of the year is Christmas and this year moi aka Mrs Clause and Santa had a wonderful time in Nenagh Castle with all the boys and girls. It was magical.

1 Thank Noreen K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

While researching my family history as stop at the castle was on the agenda it's very beautifully restored! Kevin and Patrick were great guides!

3 Thank Traveling_Girl1987
Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

It seemed to be secured when we visited,, so we did not get in. Learned later you can go to top. Missed that. Impressive little compared to the giants of much of Europe. We took a pic and went skedaddle. Impressed by statues of Olympic champions and they don't rate a TripAdvisor listing...yet. It shoulld be quite an attraction for... More 

3 Thank Newsboymac
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Super venue, staff very friendly, the views from the top are great! It has a large area for the kids to run about and is perfectly safe, the castle has a very well documented history throughout and is well labelled. Worth a visit!

3 Thank sawadee_1
Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Nice little village. The Round tower is in good standing and is very tall and wide. The castle however is very small and in ruins and has no access as it is probably deemed unsafe to the public. It is still worth a visit to see the castle and the round tower as the village is lovely and it is... More 

4 Thank James W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped and spent about 30 minutes going to the top of the castle. It was a nice break from car ride. History was interesting and views from top of castle were great

5 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

On a fine day the view from the top is wonderful and ideal for taking birdseye photographs of the area.Great work has been carried out on restoring this iconic tower and hopefully it will continue,

4 Thank 186621Johnm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

A must if you want a superb 360 degree view of Nenagh. It has been restored beautifully, and is easy to get to the top.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Definitely worth the climb to the top of the tower for great views of Nenagh and the surrounding area. Very informative story boards, and interesting to see how the tower was constructed with stone and wood.

4 Thank Jimmy_Two_Socks

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