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“Another kind of castle tour...”
Review of Charleville Castle

Charleville Castle
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Tullamore
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Owner description: Charleville castle is a building which has been rescued from near ruin by volunteers and a voluntary organisation - it has been described as Irelands leading historical architect, Francis Johston's masterpiece. It is maintained authentic and unchanged and we rotate volunteers to mind it 24 hours a day 365 days a year - but also to keep it open to the public. it is famous for its ghosts stories and unique architecture - but it is not a state-funded project and depends entirely on volunteers and supporters - so many people, thousands, have expressed their love of the building and support - we hope you will get a real feeling of what it is to keep a castle like this alive when you visit - see you here!
Reviewed July 9, 2011

Passing the outskirts of Tullamore on the N52, you will see the towers and roof of the castle. Finding the entrance is a little challenging, as there are no signs. The castle is set in extensive, overgrown parklands. Arriving at the front, the courtyard gives the impression of a scrapyard. Don't be discouraged! After some extended ringing of the large doorbell, admission is granted and the tour can begin. The castle is owned and managed (?) by a private trust. Determined renovation is ongoing, but apparently in a haphazard way. The castle is used as a venue for music events, esoteric happenings, dancing lessons and as a film site. Our very engaging hostess, who lives on the premises, gave us a passionate tour. The castle is of pleasing proportions and some historic importance, but the inside looks like a mix of an antique shop and a jumble sale. The tour includes some reference to ghosts, rendered more credible by the surroundings.
Overall - interesting and great fun!!

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Reviewed August 9, 2010

we went there in May with mum and my mate had tour of the castle when we got to the back stairs we all saw what we all said was little girl our guide then told that little girl had fell to death some years ago how spook was that and no one was there

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Reviewed March 1, 2010

This castle is well worth a look. When we arrived there there was a member of The Paranormal Research Association of Ireland there who brought me, my sister and my parents around on a tour of the castle. This was like our own private little tour. We were told about readings the Association picked up the night before and other ghostly recordings. If you don't believe in that kind of thing, then go for the pure amazing architecture of this gothic style castle. The residents of the castle live on the second and third floors so access is strictly on special evenings but the first floor is shown to tourists and worth checking out.

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Atascadero, California
Reviewed July 16, 2005

Charleville Castle is situated in the centre of the last forest in all of Ireland. This forest is filled with 700 - 1000 year old oaks, birches and copper beech trees that are absolutely amazing. When you walk through the forest the sense of serenity and peace is calming and restorative. When you walk out from under the trees and see the Castle you are truly awed by the sight.

A family and small group of volunteers run the daily tours. A fun, entertaining group, you can have the best time of your life listening to the stories and anecdotes each individual relates.

Well worth the visit - the Castle is open daily. The forest is a public right of way down to a small river.

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Reviewed September 11, 2003

I recently had my 21st birthday, and as part of it organised a murder mystery at the castle for my mates. Its was amazing, and well worth it.
Id advise anyone to give it a go

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