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Address: Cork Street, Adare, Ireland
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Desmond Castle is located on the edge of the village of Adare, just off...

The Desmond Castle is located on the edge of the village of Adare, just off the N21 on the main Limerick to Kerry road. The castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion in 1536, when it was forfeited and granted to the Earls of Desmond who gave the castle its present name. Tours of the 13th century Norman Castle operate daily from June to the end of September. Groups may be accommodated outside of these months on request.

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A ruin

This beautiful old castle is on the golf course at Adare Manor beautiful golf course also with other ruins

Reviewed 17 February 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

This beautiful old castle is on the golf course at Adare Manor beautiful golf course also with other ruins

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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

A tour of Desmond Castle is from the Heritage centre in Adare . A mini bus takes you and brings you back . The tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours and our guide Vera was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour . Prices are 8 € but there is concessions I think . Well worth doing as... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

The ancient Norman castle is accessed via a guided tour with tickets available from the Adare Heritage Centre. We caught the last tour of the day (4pm) and there were just the two of us which was excellent as we had a very personalised tour. Our guide Evan was very good. The tour guides bring the history to life with... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

The roughly 90 minute tour was filled with much factual information on Desmond Castle, as well as fun and humor! I wish I could recall the names of our tour guide and bus driver, but they operate from the Adare Heritage Tours and were both delightful gals! The tours are reasonably priced and can be purchased inside the Adare Heritage... More 

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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4 reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The tour of Desmond Castle was very informative and interesting. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

You can only see this castle by taking the tour leaving from the heritage centre by small coach--only 5 mins drive. Sandra our tour guide took us into each room and brought to life the activities that would have taken place in each. There was a lot to take in and you really had to keep up to hear each... More 

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Harker Heights, Texas
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Very inexpensive tour €6 (senior), €8 adult. Evan was our guide. The only way to tour Desmond castle (est 13th century by the Earls of Dunraven) is to purchase a tour ticket at the information Centre in Adare. Small shuttle carries you up to the grounds. Very impressive ruin which is far larger than we imagined once we got inside.... More 

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Doneraile, Ireland
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Magnificent castle.You have to purchase your tickets at the tourist office in Adore and they bus you down.Fabulous photos and our guide was excellent

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Reviewed 6 September 2016

Vera is a legend! This tour starts at the Adare visitor centre and one is shuttled from their to the ruins of Desmond Castle. Our guide - Vera the Legend - was a wonderful blend of charm, wit, and knowledge. Faced with a placid yet mischievous German family, she managed to keep everyone laughing yet in line at the same... More 

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Reviewed 2 September 2016

This is not a tour of a fully restored castle like you may get many places. You are wandering mainly ruins. The setting for this castle is probably its best feature. It is on the river with green everywhere and a great bridge in front of it. We went across the road to the old friary and took panoramic photos... More 

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