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“Quite stunning site, a bit run down”
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 12, 2012

Amazing castle, a good site for education and sustainability work

Thank NNL1
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Such a wonderful place, it's still in repair but that doesn't make it something else to see. The tour guide was delightful and was very informative. The tour was about a hour maybe a bit longer.

The ground's on which the the castle itself are fabulous, I had a wonderful time de-stressing taking my time strolling around the grounds for a few hours.

2  Thank Nigel C
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

This place is one of the hidden gems of Ireland. Im a bit reluctant to encourage too many people to visit here because there are areas of the woods here that you feel you might as well be in a primeval forest. I want it to stay unspoilt so if you do visit leave it as you found it please. Great for nature lovers of all kinds, walkers, bird spotters, photographers etc.

Thank Frieze
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Visited for a ghost tour at night. Very spooky. Lots of creaks and groans. Guide had everybody jumping in their boots!

Thank madrabeag
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

martin_ww has it right. I live a stone's throw away so I know where it is, but it isn't well signposted. It's also a great place for events. We went to an Oscar Wilde play, the importance of being earnest, a few years ago. The actors were all serving drinks during the interval, all dressed in period costumes.
I think there's a lot of restoration work needs doing but it would cost thousands, probably millions, to do it right.

Oh, & if you come in April, the woods, which are always pleasant, are full of bluebells. There's no charge for walking around the grounds

Thank Ricardo_215
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