Portumna Castle
Portumna Castle
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Portumna Castle and Demesne occupy a magnificent location on the shores of Lough Derg on the River Shannon. Although gutted by fire in 1826, the Castle is still an imposing example of Irish architecture of the early 17th Century. Built before 1618 by Richard de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, the castle became the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years. Architecturally, the building marks the transition from the medieval Tower House to the Renaissance style manor house with complimentary influences from both periods. Following the fire and the ravages of time, the castle degenerated into a roofless shell. However, since 1968, the Office of Public Works re-roofed the building and based on extensive archaeological and historical research, other major conservation and partial restoration works continue to be carried out by a team of skilled craftsmen.
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2013Iain2013
Ireland146 contributions
May 2022
The castle is in the process of a painstaking restoration and the results are very impressive on the ground floor where two separate exhibitions contain a wealth of information. The restoration of the grounds and the Kitchen Garden in particular is incredible, and the array of plants and flowers is beautiful and aromatic. There is a shop with exhibition area upstairs and an adjoining cafe where bowls of water are provided outside for dogs. A great attractiion are the extremely tame ducks who go from table to table looking for tasty treats. The entry charge of €5 for adults is an absolute bargain.
The staff are friendly, helfpul and informative and contribute to the experience.
One suggestion I would make to make the experience even better is more benches in the two front courtyards.
Written May 20, 2022
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Garrett C
8 contributions
Sep 2020
Visited Portumna Castle, only a nominal charge to visit and on the day I visited it was free. At the entrance to the castle grounds, a lovely guide called Valerie gave a full history of the castle. She explained the different architectural styles and explained how the gardens are laid out. Next, I visited the partially restored castle where you can do a self-guided tour. Finally, I visited the Kitchen Garden which alone is worth visiting to see the variety of herbs, fruits, and vegetables grown in it. All COVID regulations are followed including limits on the numbers that can visit the castle at the one time. There is also a lovely cafe in the grounds.
Written September 16, 2020
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,611 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
I absolutely loved this beatiful castle. The OPW have done a fantastic tasting job at restoring it based on the before and after photos on display inside the castle itself.
It has a bestiful expanse of lawn s d decorative gates and the walled Kitchen Garden is simply wonderful. It's just to the right as you walk in two entrances. The sunflowers, herbs and the wildflower section were my favourites.
The castle is fantastic too. There are lots and lots of info boards and a short audio visual display showing what life in the castle was like.
I loved the story of Fury the dog who saved one of the Lords children by breaking his fall. The child survived bur the dog did not. A small plaque on the wall outside commemorates this pet and his skeleton, discovered by archaeologists during excavation works on the castle now lies in a display case inside the castle just inside the wall where he died.
Some beautiful pieces of period furniture inside too, well worth your time.
Written August 15, 2022
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Andykeithharris
Reading, UK241 contributions
Apr 2022
The castle has been restored from the ruins of the castle after it burnt down several hundred years ago. So far the roof and floors have been reconstructed and the replacement stairs are nearly complete and the ornate kitchen gardens and formal garden relaid. The site now looks extremely good and if the restoration carries on to the same standard over the next few years, this could well be one of the stars of the OPWs stable. Well worth a visit and I look forward to visiting again in a few years to see the progress.
Written May 4, 2022
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Drummer3
Dublin, Ireland299 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
You can visit the ground floor of the castle. Lots to read about the history of the castle and the various roles of the staff in olden times. Nice walk around the walled garden and the garden farm. There is a lovely cafe onsite. It is free to visit at present, up to the end of 2021 so well worth a visit.
Written October 17, 2021
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Jason
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
Jul 2020
The castle grounds are lovely to walk around - they are bordered by Portumna at the top and Lough Derg at the bottom with forest on either side including the beautiful ruins of an abbey. My wife did the castle tour which she enjoyed. The cafe at the stables served seriously good food and the desserts were genuinely impressive - I had the lemon meringue pie. What really stood out for me was the Kitchen Gardens. They rivalled and beat both Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park and Lissadell's walled gardens. Truely stunning. There's fruit and vegables, a willow maze in the summer, gazebo's and arches, big plants and small. Terrific colour, patterns and textures. I must call out a genuine and sincere thanks to John, Brian, PJ and Lynn (apologies if any names are wrong!) in the kitchen gardens for making this an extremely memorable experience! John even helped me remember the naming of a plant that had eluded me for decades - Ladies Bonnet!
Written August 22, 2020
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Dan C
8 contributions
Jun 2022
A lovely fortified manor with greatly detailed information on the building and people who lived there. Only the ground floor is available for touring due to a fire that had gutted the nearly all-wood interior some time in the distant past but it's still very interesting. The gardens are amazing and worth the visit all by themselves.
Written July 6, 2022
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Brian M
Ennis, Ireland126 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Portumna is a great place to visit being situated at a picturesque crossing on the river Shannon. The castle (home to the earls of Clanricarde) was accidentally burned in 1876 but has undergone a sensitive restoration by the OPW in recent decades. There is a very informative series of illustrated information boards on the ground floor which gives an insight into the history of the castle and the family. A walled kitchen garden has an abundance of flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables and a pleasant tea room in the old stable block rounds off the visit. Highly recommended!
Written August 15, 2020
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,762 contributions
Jun 2022
Really interesting location. This is a C17 castle - well stately home - which was largely destroyed by fire in C19. Renovation only started relatively recently. One floor is open for visiting. There is plenty of interpretation. Some few contemporary items are on display. The rose garden is very elegant. Dont miss the sizeable walled kitchen garden. The cafe is appealing too
Written August 2, 2022
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joebF7224MM
Warrensburg, MO2 contributions
Mar 2022
Been there two trips. It's the family home of the Burkes. I loved being there. The Castle has been renovated and is so beautiful. I loved seeing my ancestry displayed through the Lords' paintings and info. Such a surprise to find it there. Portumna is a lovely town with lovely people. Joe Burke USA
Written February 11, 2023
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