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Interesting landmark

The ruins are quite interesting, the guided tour is informative and there's few extra information... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
gtm_2015j
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Dublin, Ireland
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Easy and fun family outing.

This free entry castle is just big enough to enjoy with younger children. It has lots of historical... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2018
Monique D
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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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...more
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Main Street | Parsons street, Maynooth, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ruins are quite interesting, the guided tour is informative and there's few extra information boards and books inside. Entrance to the site is free and would be suitable also to young children. Good way to spend a couple of hours with the children.

1  Thank gtm_2015j
Reviewed 8 September 2018

This free entry castle is just big enough to enjoy with younger children. It has lots of historical information to make it interesting without it becoming boarning for little ones. Lots of colourful illistrations on display. The site is a short walk form anywhere in...More

2  Thank Monique D
Reviewed 1 September 2018

If you have even the slightest interest in history check out Maynooth Castle. It's FREE and a great way to bring the Norman part of Irish history alive for kids. There's a nice visual storyboard inside, a model of how the castle might have looked,...More

2  Thank Seidmnx
Reviewed 12 July 2018

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

2  Thank crazy l
Reviewed 8 July 2018 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
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank Kai9116
Reviewed 21 June 2018 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

1  Thank jacktr13
Reviewed 15 June 2018

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

1  Thank Diane D
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

2  Thank robertmcguire81
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.

1  Thank ScubaDy
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