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Maynooth Castle

Main Street | Parsons street, Maynooth, Ireland
+353 1 628 6744
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Interesting History

The castle is a really interesting ruin to go visit, as a Maynooth local it was very cool to get to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
crazy l
Castle ruins with interesting history

Get the guided tour! It's free and oh so interesting! The basement has a visual display of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Maynooth Castle is a mid to late 12th Century Norman castle with a history that is both intriguing and exciting. The stronghold of the Fitzgerald family, the castle has stood on this site in the centre of Maynooth for over 8 centuries. Today, Maynooth Castle holds a detailed exhibition on the history of the Fitzgerald family, one of the most important Anglo-Norman families in Ireland. PLEASE NOTE - Maynooth Castle is a seasonal site and is only opening during the summer months. Open daily 10.00am - 17.45pm (Including public Hoildays) Free admission and Free Guided Tours. last guided tour 16.30pm. (45-60mins approx.) For self guiding visitors- Within the undercroft of the castle, an exhibit detailing the history of the FitzGerald family. Upper level holds the remains of the Great Hall. Feel free to visit the castle grounds also. (35-40 mins approx.) Visitor Guides / Post cards available to purchase. Maynooth is also open during Culture Night 2018
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Main Street | Parsons street, Maynooth, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The castle is a really interesting ruin to go visit, as a Maynooth local it was very cool to get to know the history of the place. Joan gave us a fantastic tour and had all the answers to our questions, even ones that had...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get the guided tour! It's free and oh so interesting! The basement has a visual display of the castles history. In the adjoining room is a 3-D replica of the castle as it would have looked in the 12th century. The Fitzgeralds were Norman and...More

1  Thank Kelley B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is a lovely site to visit with an engaging story. The guides go above and beyond as well!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting exhibition, the staff are very friendly and know their stuff. Came across this by accident tbh and I'm quite glad I did

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always nice to see another castle, never tire of seeing history. It’s on the edge of town, easy walking.

1  Thank Diane D
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

I recently visited Maynooth Castle the seat of power of the great Fitzgerald's, the earls of Kildare. The castle is unique in both its history and architecture. I spent time exploring the castle ruins with the company of a fantastic tour guide. All OPW staff...More

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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

The architecture is simply amazing. The tour of the college chapel brings to life all the stories of old and it was wonderful to have Bernard take us around on a private tour.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

The Castle is in a lovely setting beside the University and at the end of main street Maynooth. The site is well run and interesting to visit. Be sure to check opening times before visiting and try to visit when linked to a particular event...More

1  Thank Ulysses2012
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

lovely t o walk around and the college is next to it you can go in visit as well and on a summers day you can relax enjoying the sun and there are nice coffee shops, pubs and restaurants all near and most are cheap

1  Thank mary r
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

The building is very interesting to see and you can feel the history around it as soon as you enter. The staff really know their stuff (the lady we spoke to did anyway) and could also tell us about the history of many of the...More

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