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What a great spot!! I never realised it was open to the public, it was wonderful to stroll around... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Very Impressive Castle

Kids loved it, thought they were real Knights!! There is a very impressive model of the castle as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dublin, Ireland
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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 1 week ago via mobile

What a great spot!! I never realised it was open to the public, it was wonderful to stroll around the grounds and speak with some of the staff and volunteers about the castles history. Illustrations inside give fantastic insight into the progressive years of the...More

1  Thank SoniaNiMhaonaigh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kids loved it, thought they were real Knights!! There is a very impressive model of the castle as it would have looked back in the day, which you could look at all day

1  Thank bernardR1234
Reviewed 28 September 2018 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 9 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 2 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 26 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
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