Portumna Castle

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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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Jack_Harpur_
Dublin, Ireland35 contributions
Lovely tour
May 2021 • Couples
Lovely castle and garden such a nice little relaxed stroll around the place would recommend and the audio guide is interesting aswell and staff are also very friendly and helpful
Written June 7, 2021
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Upncmnhistorian2
Galway, Ireland4 contributions
An amazing green space
May 2021
Amazing space for kids and dogs, got a interesting guided tour of one of the guides who also has an exhibition inside on 19th century servants which really interested me most at the site. Panels inside showing the blue prints, an pretty Kitchen gardens; and a lovely coffee shop can't wait until restrications ease more we get to sit outside in good weather hopefully! I will be back.

Portumna is a fantastic sunny day trip for all you have the Castle; its coffee shop;
the forest park; and the marine all in the one aera.
Written May 17, 2021
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Garrett C
8 contributions
Beautiful place to visit.
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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Jason
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
A beautiful and tranquil place to walk around - the kitchen gardens are incredible
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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Brian M
Ennis, Ireland122 contributions
Historic castle
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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Michael
Bangor, UK5 contributions
Castle tour
Aug 2020 • Family
Very interesting self guided tour. They are in the process of renovating so it was pretty short but very informative
Written August 15, 2020
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Jim D
County Sligo, Ireland17 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jul 2020 • Couples
A very special place even though the tour of castle was not available. Lovely grounds and a beautiful coffee shop. Everything was spotless. There is a fabulous exhibition space. This place is well worth a visit.
Written July 31, 2020
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IrishTourist
Galway, Ireland18 contributions
Beautiful Castle in beautiful setting
Jul 2020 • Family
Had a lovely visit to Portumna Castle and nearby Workhouse Centre. Such amazing history to both of these places. Castle us set on the river and has a playground and lots of green spaces for picnic. Portumna itself is a nice little town with nice cafes and walks. Well worth a trip.
Written July 10, 2020
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Eadaoin
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg8 contributions
Picturesque Castle and location
Aug 2019
Walked down to the castle from the town, castle is impressive and history was very interesting . Stopped for a tea in their cafe. Castle was very reasonably priced & staff were very friendly. Big plus was seeing lots of squirrels running around the estate. Close to the Harbour & Forest Park if you want to take in a walk afterwards like we did.
Written February 5, 2020
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Stephen D
Galway, Ireland149 contributions
Great time at the Castle
Nov 2019 • Couples
Portumna castle was well worth a visit. Responsible priced with great facilities like the cafe.
The castle is going through some renovation but is still beautiful and easy to get around.
The walled garden is also pretty with stunning flowers and plants.
Written January 14, 2020
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