Castles in Ireland

Dromoland Castle

Visit Ireland on a study trip – the green island! Let yourself be enchanted by the nature of Ireland, the wide Atlantic coast and the moorland. One of the attractions of Ireland is of course the 180 km long panoramic road “Ring of Kerry” with breathtaking views of the rugged cliffs on the Atlantic. A highlight in itself is the capital Dublin with Trinity College, the oldest university in the country. You can also admire Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Goal, Smithfield with its market in the north of Dublin, the Grand Canal, Ha’penny Bridge or The Spire of Dublin. Ireland also includes other major cities such as Cork, Galway, Limerick, or Waterford. It is also worth visiting one of the countless pubs to enjoy a glass of Guinness.

Bunraty Castle and Blarney Castle

Castles in Ireland – walkable history

The south-west of Ireland inspires, among other things, with the two castles Bunratty Castle and Blarney Castle, embedded in idyllic landscapes with lush greenery. Bunratty Castle is located near the mouth of the Ratty River in the center of the village of Bunratty. Blarney Castle is near the city of Cork in the south.

Hilarious knight festivals at Bunratty Castle

The history of the castle, which was built in the 15th century, goes back to the 13th century when a wooden fortress was built on this site. Today the impressive stone fortress can be visited. Historically restored rooms from bygone eras give guests an impression of life in the castle at that time. Furniture and artifacts from the Middle Ages add even more authenticity to the ambience. The banquet hall is used for splendid knight festivals and events. On some evenings, opulent knight dinners in appropriate costumes are held. During the day, visitors can explore historic village streets, farmhouses, a windmill, and historic shops and pub in the attached open-air museum, which is dedicated to Irish life in the 19th century.

Fairytale castle garden and the stone of eloquence in Blarney Castle

The imposing castle was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The property includes a grandiose park and the legendary stone of eloquence. This is built into a wall and, according to legend, it gives someone who kisses the stone special eloquence. To do this, you have to lie down on your back over a wall, grasp secure handles and kiss the opposite wall upside down. Those who climb the many stairs can enjoy a sensational view. In the dreamy garden, which is divided into different themed areas, guests will find waterfalls, mysterious rock formations, paths lined with ferns and a poison garden with appropriate plants. The castle dungeon, an enchanting lake, the wishing staircase, a witch’s kitchen and the Badger cave are waiting to be discovered.

Dromoland Castle

Idyll and luxury combined

The Dromoland Castle in Ireland is now a 5-star hotel and offers the visitor pure luxury in old, historic walls. The current building dates back to 1835 and was once home to the O’Brian family, one of Ireland’s most important families. Today it houses luxurious rooms, a starred restaurant, a golf course, a spa and 450 acres of parkland.

Dromoland Castle – old walls with a history

Since the 15th and 16th centuries there was a castle on the property of today’s Dromoland Castle near Newmarket-on-Fergus in Clare County. The O’Brians’ estate is described as posh and beautiful in records dating back to the 18th century. The old shine is still visible. The current building from 1835 is built in the Gothic style and has been preserved almost unchanged. The American Bernard McDonough converted it into a 5-star hotel, and today it is a popular holiday home for exploring the surrounding area. Famous personalities such as George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John Travolta, Bono, Nelson Mandela and the Spanish King Juan Carlos I have resided here.

Dromoland Castle- the perfect vacation spot

In the Dromoland Castle the visitor can not only wander through historical corridors, but also an extensive range of leisure activities, a star restaurant and a spa complete the stay. The park around the building invites you to take a walk, on the premises you can also go mountain biking, horseback riding and boat trips on the Dromoland lake. Study travelers have a good starting point for exploring Clare County and Limerick County. In the immediate vicinity are the towns of Shannon and Clare as well as the cities of Limerick and Galway, Cork and Killarney, here you will find museums, restaurants and shops. But the surrounding nature and cultural evidence such as the Quin Franciscan Friary monastery also invite travelers to explore.

Dromoland Castle