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94 Iconic Buildings to explore in Leinster


Leinster is one of the provinces of Ireland, situated in the southeast and east of Ireland. The ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for administrative and judicial purposes. In later centuries, local government legislation has prompted further sub-division of the historic counties.

Clonmore Castle
Clonmore Castle1, 1, Glebe, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland

Clonmore Castle is a 13th century Anglo-Norman castle located in Clonmore, County Carlow, Ireland. The castle is roughly square in plan with rectangular towers at the southern sides of the courtyard. Due to a lack of heritage preservation, most of the castle is now covered in ivy, and large gaps have appeared in the north and west walls. The building is now entirely empty with no trace of a stone floor.

Cú Chulainn's Castle
Cú Chulainn's CastleFarrandreg, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland

Dún Dealgan Motte is a motte and National Monument in Dundalk, Ireland. Some legends claim the site as the birthplace of Cú Chulainn, and it is here that he bases himself in the Táin Bó Cúailgne. The Annals of the Four Masters places a battle here in 500 AD. The house was rebuilt in 1850 by Thomas Vesey Dawson as a country retreat, but fell into disrepair and was bought by the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society to be used for a museum.

Cullahill Castle
Cullahill CastleGalesquarter, Co. Laois, Ireland

Cullahill Castle was the principal stronghold of the MacGillapatricks of Upper Ossory built around 1425 and destroyed around 1650. Cullahill Castle takes its name from an ancient forest that covered Cullahill Mountain and extended down to Cullahill village. It was constructed around 1425 by the MacGillapatricks of Upper Ossory, Finghin MacGillapatrick being the possible builder.

Dangan Castle
Dangan CastleDangan, Co. Meath, Ireland

Dangan Castle is a former stately home in County Meath, Ireland, which is now in a state of ruin. It was the childhood home of Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. The modern house was originally built in the early 1700s as Dangan House by Richard Colley, who demolished the old castle. Colley had inherited the estate from the childless Gerald Wesley, on condition that he changed his surname.

Delvin Castle
Delvin Castle1 Main St, Castletowndelvin, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Delvin Castle was built in 1310 by Sir Gilbert de Nugenton who was brother-in-law to Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath.The castle originally consisted of a central rectangular block with a five storey circular tower on each corner. Only half of the structure remains today as the north east section (including towers) was demolished many years ago. A private house and a shop now occupy the northern section of the site.

Donadea Castle
Donadea CastleDonadea Demesne, Co. Kildare, Ireland

The first Manor house was built by the Normans in the 12th Century and many castles were built on the site throughout the Middle Ages. The castle was extensively damaged in the 1641 rebellion, then rebuilt in 1773, and gothicised in 1827 by the architect Sir Richard Morrison. By the mid 1800s the Donadea estates were one of the largest in Co. Kildare, amounting to almost 16,000 acres.

Donaghmore Round Tower
Donaghmore Round TowerBlackcastle Demesne, Co. Meath, Ireland

The Donaghmore Round Tower is a well-preserved 10th-century construction situated just northeast of Navan in County Meath. The architectural style of the church indicates it was built in the 15th Century. Most likely, it replaced an older church built in the Romanesque style; a carved Romanesque head is incorporated in the south wall of the bell tower. At the site, visitors can view the remains of a church and the round tower, which has interesting carvings and sculptures.

Donore Castle Ruins
Donore Castle RuinsR161, Donore, Co. Meath, Ireland

Donore Castle is a tower house and National Monument in County Meath, Ireland. The castle has three storeys, and measures 7.3 × 6.3 m at the base, and is 12 m (39 ft) tall with rounded corners a projecting round tower at the corner housing a newel stairway. One of the Castle's defenses is a murder hole situated at roof level above the entrance door. There are also carved heads of a king and bishop above the doorway.

Duckett's Grove
Duckett's GroveKneestown, Duckett's Grove, Co. Carlow, Ireland

Duckett's Grove was originally a three-storey over basement Georgian country house built circa 1745.The interior of the house was destroyed by a major fire in the 1930s and is now inaccessible. Even in ruin, the surviving towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds form a romantic profile making it one of the most photogenic historic buildings in the country and a castle in Ireland to visit.

Dunmahon Castle
Dunmahon CastleHaynestown, Co. Louth, Ireland

Dunmahon Castle is a four storey tower house with a vaulted ceiling over the ground floor. The stairs are in the north eastern corner, with the garderobes in the north west of the tower. It is situated on farmland near Gibston. It can be seen from the M1 motorway and from the Dublin to Belfast railway line.

Dunmoe Castle
Dunmoe CastleDunmoe, Co. Meath, Ireland

Dunmoe Castle is a castle and National Monument located near Navan, Ireland. The Castle was built in the 15th Century and was home to the D'arcy family. The Castle, originally a four turreted structure, is now, through years of ruin, reduced to just two. It remained intact until it was destroyed by fire during the 1798 rebellion and today visitors can see what remains of the four-storey castle. It can be found between Navan and Slane.

Dunsany Castle
Dunsany CastleUnnamed Road, Dunsany, Co. Meath, Ireland

Dunsany Castle is situated on an estate that comprises of marsh, wood and farmland with the River Boyne running along the back of the land. It is located in the village of Dunshaughlin, 6 miles from Trim. It is a grey stone castle built over 4 floors with four crenellated main towers. The castle is surrounded by a protective wall and has three entrances one with a gatehouse lodge and stewards house.

Emo Court House
Emo Court HouseEmo, Portarlington, Co. Laois, Ireland

Emo Court is a quintessential neo-classical mansion, set in the midst of the ancient Slieve Bloom Mountains. Designed by noted architect James Gandon, it features magnificent gardens and is located just 2.5 km from Emo village and 7 km from Portarlington Railway Station. Architectural features of the building include sash-style windows, pavilions, a balustrade, a hipped roof, and large dome. It is one of the few houses to have been designed by Gandon.

Enniscorthy Castle
Enniscorthy CastleCastle Hill, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland

Enniscorthy Castle is situated in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. Construction on the castle commenced in the late 1190s and was first occupied by its Norman owners in 1203 A.D. Now restored and updated, the castle is now home to a new visitor experience that showcases the history of the town and its imposing castle.The Castle has been home to Norman Knights, English armies, Irish rebels and prisoners, and local merchant families and today features interactive exhibitions suitable for all ages

Garden House
Garden HouseGarden House, Kilruddery Demesne West, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Killruddery House is a large country house on the southern outskirts of Bray in County Wicklow, Ireland, approximately 20 km south of Dublin. The present structure is a south facing multi-bay mansion, originally dating from the 17th century, but remodelled and extended in 1820 in the Elizabethan style. It is constructed as variously single, two, three and four storeys in the shape of an irregular quadrangle enclosing a courtyard.

Glenart Castle
Glenart CastleVale Rd, Ballyraine Middle, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Glenart Castle was the residence of the late Lord and Lady Carysfort. The Castle is half in ruins but the other part is good and is kept by cartetakers. There were about eighty rooms in the Castle when it was built, but nine of the rooms were burnt and a lot of most valuable furniture was destroyed, the value of which amounted to forty-five thousand pounds.

Glendalough Roundtower
Glendalough RoundtowerDerrybawn, Knockfin, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

The round tower at Glendalough is considered by many to be one of the most finely constructed and beautiful towers in Ireland. Situated in a thickly forested valley, the 30.48 metre tall tower is built of mica schist with a granite doorway. The conical roof was rebuilt in 1876 using the original stones that were found inside the tower. The round tower is divided internally into 6 storeys by timber floors, connected by ladders. The four storeys above entrance level are each lit by a small window.

Grace's Old Castle
Grace's Old CastleParliament St, Gardens, Kilkenny, Ireland
Granard Motte and Bailey
Granard Motte and BaileyChurch St, Granard, Co. Longford, Ireland

This is the remains of a motte-and-bailey castle and National Monument in Granard, County Longford, Ireland. It was built on a hill overlooking the town in 1199 by Anglo-Norman Knight Richard Tuite. The Motte is a great flat-topped, circular earthen mound, on top of which would have been a timber tower surrounded by a palisade. Across the base was a U-shaped bailey: an enclosure surrounded by a palisade ditch.

Grange Castle
Grange CastleGrange Castle, Grange East, Edenderry, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Grange Castle,is in Grange West, County Kildare, Ireland. It is an Irish National Monument. It was now in ruin stage and therefore visitors are very less here.

Map of Iconic Buildings to explore in Leinster