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“Restored Norman Castle.”
Review of Drimnagh Castle

Drimnagh Castle
Ranked #106 of 546 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Drimnagh Caste is Ireland's only moated castle. Set in the suburb of Drimnagh in South Dublin, we are an authentic medieval castle with over 700 years of history. We have been the setting for many films, TV shows and historic events.
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had an interesting guided tour of this restored Norman Castle. The only castle with a flooded moat in Ireland. Water from the local Bluebell river feeds the moat. When you look out of the tower window you can see the formal herb garden. If you want a guided tour please phone before to find out the times. A really interesting two hour visit to a hidden gem!

1  Thank KillineyBay
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Beautiful place to visit and had some very interesting history. The gardens were beautifully maintained. Staff were very friendly and informative.

Thank Sjmcdxx
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Had a tour.in drimnagh castle and was surprised at the amount of history hidden there well worth a visit

1  Thank Sandie M
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

8 yrs ago we had our wedding reception here. It is a unique place in Dublin, different from the usual hotel wedding location.

However they definitley do not use the place to it's full potential. The staff aren't great to be honest. This place could be a great tourist attraction/ venue if properly run.

5  Thank AbbyRosey
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

~ ~ Drimnagh Castle is situated, appropriately enough, in the village of Drimnagh just off the “Long Mile Road”, the main road west out of Dublin. In fact, Drimnagh isn’t really a village these days, being only about three miles or so from the City Centre, and is now more just a part of the city itself.
~ ~ The Castle was built in the 13th Century for a family called the Barnewalls, a Norman family who had settled here in Ireland, and who owned vast tracts of land, including all of the area that now consists of the Dublin suburbs of Ballyfermot and Terenure. It was actually lived in right up until 1954, the last residents being a family called the Hatches, who managed and ran a dairy farm in its grounds.
In 1954, the Christian Brothers bought the land and opened a school for boys, which today stands alongside the Castle itself.
By 1986, the Castle had deteriorated to such an extent that it was considered a hazard to public safety, and was scheduled for demolition.
But a local conservationist called Peter Pearson, with the full backing of the local community, approached the Christian Brothers with an ambitious plan to save the building.
With the backing of the National Trust for Ireland and monetary aid from Dublin Corporation and many fund raising ventures by the local community, the Castle was saved.
Stonemasons, carpenters, and craftsmen from as far afield as France, Germany, and Italy were employed to ensure the restoration was as authentic as possible. They helped to train local Irish workmen in the traditional methods of craftsmanship used at the time the Castle was originally built, and the end result is that a magnificent example of medieval history was saved from the demolition men’s ball and chain.

~ ~ The Castle is unique in that it is the only Castle in the whole of Ireland that is still completely surrounded by its original moat, which is fed by an underground stream called the “Bluebell”.
Until 1780 there was a wooden drawbridge where the present stone bridge now stands, and this leads through the gatehouse tower into the castle precincts.
The gatehouse tower was built in the 16th Century, and stands three stories high, and before the modern city of Dublin came into being, you could see to the far reaches of the old city from its battlements.
The main room in the Castle is the “Great Hall”. This is where the medieval Lords and Ladies would meet to dine and carouse, and it has been restored fully to its former splendour. The original roof was missing totally here, and an oak beamed roof was put in place that was copied from another Castle of the same period, Dunsoghly Castle in Co. Dublin.
A wooden minstrel’s gallery surrounds three sides of the Hall, and the floor has been retiled using true copies of medieval floor tiles, the design on which is copied from the heraldic motifs of the first inhabitants, the Barnewall family.
There is also a magnificent 17th Century “formal” garden, which is a blaze of colour in the Spring and Summer, and a very pleasant spot to take a relaxed walk, and "smell the roses".
The old dairy has been restored, and other outbuildings include stables, an old coach house, and an old “folly” tower.
A good website to visit to see some fine pictures of the old Castle is located at
“http://www.compapp.dcu.ie/~humphrys/FamTree/Barnewall/drimnagh.html”
Worth a visit if you ever find yourself in the “Emerald Isle”, and admission is free.

5  Thank paritz2
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