Maynooth Castle

This great stone castle was founded in the early 13th century and became the principal residence of the Kildare branch of the Geraldines.

Location

Maynooth , Co Kildare

History

This great stone castle was founded in the early 13th century and became the principal residence of the Kildare branch of the Geraldines. The Kildare FitzGeralds extended their land holdings and influence, emerging as one of the most powerful families in Ireland with Maynooth Castle being one of the largest and richest Earl's houses.

Garret Mor, known as the Great Earl of Kildare , governed Ireland in the name of the King of England from 1487-1513 and under his son Garret Og the 9th Earl, the Castle became the centre of political power and culture. The original Keep, constructed c.1203, was one of the largest of its kind in Ireland . Early in the 17th century the castle was remodelled and the main focus of the Castle shifted from the original Keep to the buildings in the east of the grounds. It was vested in the State in 1991 and a programme of restoration commenced in February 2000. An exhibition on the history of the castle and family is housed in the Keep.

Details

Opening Times

October Sun and Bank Holidays 13:00-17:00
June - September Mon - Fri 10:00-18:00
June - September Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 13:00-18:00

Visit Length

45mins

Admission

*Free Admission with Discovering Ireland Vacation

Information

Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times

October Sun and Bank Holidays 13:00-17:00
June - September Mon - Fri 10:00-18:00
June - September Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 13:00-18:00

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

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