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Review of Adare Castle

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This famous medieval castle is known for its storied history as well as its imposing architectural presence.
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Another OPW site. As a previous reviewer explains the you start from the Heritage Centre in town. (excellent scones and free wifi btw). We were lucky as it wasn't raining. The guide was excellent, even explaining to one bemused American why the arrow slot windows were so small.... Once again OPW have done an excellent job in sensitively renovating the ruins. We were amused that the first stone castle was built by the Anglo Normans but all the bad things that happened were done by the English! Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

There were road works on in the town when we visited so the traffic was truely dreadful. Can't comment on what it is like normally. The tour starts from the Tourist Information office located in the center of the town. Free parking abounds at the back of the office and there are plenty of other historical sites and local craft shops to enjoy while waiting for your tour.

The castle is located 5 minutes away (in normal traffic) and the transfer to the site is by mini-bus and is included in the admission price. There were only four of us so the tour was relaxed with no difficulty in hearing the tour guide.

I have to commend the guide from the outset. She managed to convey the history of the castle and area with a passion and enthusiam that is all too rare especially considering the number of times she must have delivered it already.

The castle is reasonably well preserved although it is almost all outdoors so may not be quite as pleasant an activity on a rainy day. The tour took about an hour. There are no artifacts, reconstructed rooms with furniture etc - which we had almost come to expect at these OPW sites - but that did not lessen the experience.

Overall I would highly recommend the heritage site.

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Booked a tour and this was part of the package for 2 nights. Don't know how we got so lucky. It is a beautiful old castle, grounds with walking trails, a spa "The lavendar cottage" on sight, a golf course, next to a river, beautiful gardens. club house for casual dinner, castle candelight dinner for upscale dinner (we ate the unbelievable tasting menu for dinner). I wish we could have stayed here the whole trip. Great with kids. Indoor Pool in the hotel, business office for computers. You can even make reservations to do archery in the garden. Tree garden etc. Lovely. Lovely, Lovely. Lots of history and very regal.

Thank CastelblancoClan
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

I was a member of Probus(retired business and professional men) on a visit to Desmond Castle Adare. We were greeted by Mike Barron , our guide . A more ameniable and knowledgable guide would be difficult to find. He led us through many periods of the history of this castle in a clear concise manner. I had many times passed through Adare but had never visited this historical site. Would highly recommend.

Thank fionnuala_7
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

My daughter and I were looking forward to the tour of Adare Castle and drove down from Limerick to spend half a day in Adare. When we arrived at the Visitors' Center, we were informed that there was not a tour available for three hours. No explanation was provided. When I asked if we needed reservations to go on the tour, the woman was unable to answer specifically. I'm not sure if the rain was part of the issue, but we were disappointed.

The town of Adare was very cute, and we enjoyed a yummy soup and brown bread in the TI center. I'm sure the castle is wonderful, but thought others might want to call ahead if they were looking forward to seeing the castle.

2  Thank lucycat
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