Maynooth Castle
Maynooth Castle
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Castles
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
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Maynooth Castle is a mid to late 12th Century Norman castle with a history that is both intriguing and exciting. The stronghold of the Fitzgerald family, the castle has stood on this site in the centre of Maynooth for over 8 centuries. Today, Maynooth Castle holds a detailed exhibition on the history of the Fitzgerald family, one of the most important Anglo-Norman families in Ireland. PLEASE NOTE - Maynooth Castle is a seasonal site and is only opening during the summer months. Open daily 10.00am - 17.45pm (Including public Hoildays) Free admission and Free Guided Tours. last guided tour 16.30pm. (45-60mins approx.) For self guiding visitors- Within the undercroft of the castle, an exhibit detailing the history of the FitzGerald family. Upper level holds the remains of the Great Hall. Feel free to visit the castle grounds also. (35-40 mins approx.) Visitor Guides / Post cards available to purchase. Maynooth is also open during Culture Night 2018
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Daniel Eglington-Carey
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Fantastic tour with Alan, the castle is steeped with history and Alan did a brilliant job at putting the history in place through the castle ruins. He made it very easy to picture the castle in its glory days and explain the sieges and battles the cast has witnessed in its 800 year history. Highly recommend.
Written May 29, 2022
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Gullible Travels
Dublin, Ireland16 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
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.
Written February 12, 2020
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Sszzzzzzzzz
Ottawa, Canada124 contributions
Sep 2022
This historic castle is located in the town of Maynooth. They offer free self guided walking tours. The history of the castle is well displayed with easy to read chronological boards. Beautiful grounds
Written September 29, 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,575 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
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?
Written November 29, 2019
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Con-Mara
Ireland236 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Maynooth Castle dates from about 1200, and is one of the early Norman castles in Ireland. It was the home of the Fitzgeralds, who were to become Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster and were the premier Norman family in Ireland.

The Fitzgeralds rebelled against King Henry VIII in 1535 and Silken Thomas Fitzgerald ended up in the Tower of London, and with his five uncles was executed for treason in 1537.

Maynooth Castle is only a shadow of its former self barricaded behind an unnecessary railing. Visitors should let their imagination run to visualise the power that was vested in the occupants of this castle in the late middle ages.

The Castle Chapel across the road became the College Chapel of a new College founded by the Fitzgeralds in 1518. Unfortunately, this College which would have become Ireland’s first University did not survive the reformation, but it was the Fitzgeralds again who supplied the land for the establishment of Maynooth College in 1795.

Maynooth Castle is open during the summer months from late May to late September.
Written January 17, 2016
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Paul B
Thirsk, UK874 contributions
Sep 2019
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.
Written October 30, 2019
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Bernie C
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Sep 2013 • Family
I just had a visit to Maynooth Castle today and I found the guide Alan made the story of the Castle and Silken Thomas very interesting and I would recommend it for a visit. keep up the good work...
Written September 24, 2013
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GalwayGirlMaynooth
Maynooth37 contributions
Jun 2019
There is really interesting and the OPW have done a great job here. It all relates to our history and I would definitely recommend here.
Written July 15, 2019
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Aoife M
Tallaght, Ireland30 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Maynooth Castle deserves a 5 star (circle) review. Free admission and Free guided tours!! Excellent exhibition and its presentation is very good and easy to understand! Additional history provided and fun and informative snippets also! The history of the castle and medieval Ireland is told brilliantly!

Was given a tour by a guide called Alan who was very knowledgeable in telling me the history of the Castle its grounds and the family who lived there. The castle is still preserved and the model gives you a glimpse into the past. The grounds around the castle are lovely to walk around and from the ruins its easy to see the height and depth of the castle and its walls.

A stair way leads you to the great hall where you can imagine the medieval great hall and the surrounding bedrooms which are still evident to see.

Overall the staff and castle was a great experience giving important information in the exhibition in both chambers, will definetly return to Maynooth Castle to learn more!!🏰☺
Written May 31, 2019
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SOONAS
Enfield, Ireland8,442 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
Although the keep is relatively small with limited access, the history of the castle is very interesting. There is an excellent story board on the walls, and the highlight for me is the scale model of the castle as it would have looked in medieval times
Written July 1, 2017
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