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Gullible Travels wrote a review Feb 2020
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions11 helpful votes
The grounds are immaculately kept and the inside very well presented. More of an interactive and visual experience, but I understand they do guided walking tours. If you do 2-3 of these Norman castle tours in Ireland it helps you to build a good picture of historical events and medieval life in Ireland under Norman rule. They have various exhibitions and events over the summer period and it closes for winter in October. The last time I visited there was live Irish music in the basement and it was an outstanding experience given the quality of music and the ancient setting. The OPW people are very helpful & informative and they are great with kids. I highly recommend this experience which is free to all.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Bozeman-Dublin wrote a review Nov 2019
Trim, Ireland7,994 contributions3,060 helpful votes
Beautiful Nornan Castle right at the end of the main street of Maynooth beside the entrance to the University grounds. It dates back to the 12th century and was a stronghold of the renowned Fitzgerald family. I was here a few years ago was was disappointed to find it closed...and today was the same, though I'm the first to admit that I am well out of season this time. I'd love a tour of the place as it looks fascinating. To be fair, theres only a cursory low railing around it so If you walk around the rail you will get excellent views of it with the keep in good condition, exterior walls at any rate. I'd love to have explored it properly though. Sigh. Maybe next time?
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Paul B wrote a review Oct 2019
Thirsk, United Kingdom824 contributions118 helpful votes
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It was raining when we visited the castle but we did have a very enthusiastic guide who made the visit really special for us. The guide really knew his stuff and gave us lots of interesting information. It was also very good that there was a tactile model of the catsle which my partner, who happens to be blind, could access and get more information from about the castle and its surroundings.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Zarparina wrote a review Oct 2019
Oslo, Norway5 contributions
We were disappointed to find that there was not actually any way of accessing the castle ruins and its small grounds. Something to walk past only.. does not merit any detour.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Eithne F wrote a review Sep 2019
Dublin, Ireland19 contributions11 helpful votes
Had a bilingual Tour, as Gaeilge agus Bearla, with our wonderful guide Moira on Sat. 21st Sep 2019 . Moira told us many interesting facts , some of which we did not learn in school, in a warm and informative way. The time flew by and we all left wanting to look into our history a little deeper. Thank you
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Date of experience: September 2019
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