Desmond Castle
Desmond Castle
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The Desmond Castle is located on the edge of the village of Adare, just off the N21 on the main Limerick to Kerry road. The castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion in 1536, when it was forfeited and granted to the Earls of Desmond who gave the castle its present name. Tours of the 13th century Norman Castle operate daily from June to the end of September. Groups may be accommodated outside of these months on request.
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medfordnjmom
Medford, NJ317 contributions
Couples
Thank you, Mark! What an incredibly informative and amusing tour. We learned so much about the history of Desmond Castle and history in general. The kids in our tour group seemed mesmerized-I think you inspired a love of history in them. I’m so glad the Adare Heritage Center offered this tour-fantastic!
Written July 12, 2022
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Gerrri99
Dublin, Ireland235 contributions
Couples
Booked at. Heritage centre in Adare, we were driven in. Minibus to the Castle. Superb tour guide Jess helped make it a hugely enjoyable and informative visit. Highly recommend.
Written July 9, 2021
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anjinsan
Riverside, CA177 contributions
Couples
Desmond Castle can only be toured with a guide. This is easy to do. We began our visit at the Visitor Center in Adare. There is plenty of parking in the back. At the center you buy your ticket for your guided tour. They drove us to the castle, a short 5 minute drive. The guide pointed out the historical sights and told the history of the area. Then we arrived at the castle. We walked throughout the castle while guide, Sandra, explained the history and all shorts of interesting facts about living in the castle. We have toured many castle throughout Ireland and Europe. This was one of the most fun because of all the interesting information we gained. Sandra our guide was great. What a wealth of information she has. If in Adare, well worth a stop.
Written August 7, 2015
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Chris H
Peterborough, Canada33 contributions
Couples
The Castle was closed to the public. Scaffolding was visible on one side, however, it still is a great photo opportunity. The property lie on the side of the river so you can get some great shots from the bridge. Take the side street on the west of bridge down and you can get right to the edge and see the west side of the Castle up close.

Askeaton isn't that big of a town, it does however house this castle, St. Mary's Church, The Knights Templar Tower, and a fairly well preserved Priory. This isn't the most spectacular castle experience that you will have in County Limerick, but when you add in the other sites available to you in this small town, it's certainly worthwhile to visit.

Cheers from Canada
Written March 31, 2012
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Richard R
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Desmond Castle in Adare is well worth the stop. We went to the Adare Heritage Center where we found our guide Mary who bussed us to the castle (left the car in the free parking at the center) and walked us through it while giving us the history. Helps to understand how they lived.
She was great.
Written October 17, 2019
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mabellnyc
nyc25 contributions
Couples
had a great tour with a very competent and informative guide. takes about an hour but well worth it.
Written August 6, 2016
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floLimerickIreland
Corralejo, Spain33 contributions
Friends
this castle dominates the skyline as you come into the town of Askeaton and is truely a wonderous site. The history that surrunds it is fantastic. the whole town is full of history and well worth a visit. the people are very friendly and i really enjoyed my visit and will definately go back again
Written May 16, 2012
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AllanH328
Bethesda, MD550 contributions
As we drove into the village we caught glimpses of the castle. If we had more time in Adare I would have gone to get a closer look. We had seen a ton of castles on our trip so far so didn't feel the urgency to do more here.
Written October 21, 2019
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dave-at-london
London, Canada84 contributions
Solo
But this one is better preserved and protected. You can only visit on a guided tour from the visitor centre, and the tour is worthwhile. Medieval Ireland comes to life.
Written September 2, 2018
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Thank you for your review
Written October 16, 2018
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stillerm
Narrawallee, Australia9 contributions
Friends
Called in to the Heritage Centre and met yet another friendly Irish staff member who suggested the tour. It was just the right length of time with a great mix of history and stories. Our guide Shauna was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable and added to our positive experience of Adare. We highly recommend this tour for anyone on a quick day trip.
Written June 27, 2018
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Thank you so much for your positive review, it is always so encouraging and I shall be delighted to pass on your comments to Shauna
Written October 16, 2018
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