Many ancient castles have been preserved throughout the country. Dublin Castle was built in the capital of Ireland in the 12th century., which is still one of the main attractions of the city. The castle stands on a small hill to the west of the city. It is surrounded by a strong defensive wall with watchtowers and gates, and is surrounded by a moat with water. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the British administration was located here. Now Dublin Castle houses the Chester Beatty Library, which houses a collection of ancient papyri, manuscripts, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and other oriental art objects, ancient texts of the Bible and other Christian manuscripts.
In the vicinity of the city of Limerick is the castle of King John. It was built in the 13th century. Now a museum has been opened here, where antique weapons are exhibited, and it also tells about the history of the castle.
According to TOP-MEDICAL-SCHOOLS,Blarney Castle is very popular among tourists. It is located near the village of the same name on a rocky hill. The castle was built in the 15th century. The Blarney Stone is built into its tower, which, according to legend, brings good luck and gives the gift of eloquence. According to legend, the stone was given to the owner of the castle by a witch, whom he saved when the witch was drowning. One of the largest Irish castles is located in the village of Cahir. It is located on the banks of the River Suite and was built in the 15th century. Now there is a museum here.
To the northwest of the town of Bushmills, where a well-known whiskey distillery operates, is Dunlook Castle. The castle stands on the very edge of a cliff overlooking the sea.
Park Castle in the town of Kilmore built in the Scottish style. It is surrounded by fortification walls with defensive towers and gates. The castle has a museum that showcases the history of these places.
At the mouth of the River Shannon is Glein Castle. The castle has a collection of paintings, and a park is laid out around it.
In County Clare , Bunratty Castle is of interest. It was built in 1425 on the site of an ancient Viking settlement. Inside the castle there is a collection of medieval furniture, and Folk Park is nearby. Bunratty often hosts “Medieval Evenings”.
In central Ireland, look for Birr Castle. It is the oldest residential building in Ireland.. The castle belongs to the family of Rous, now the count from this family lives here with his family. In Birr, in 1840, a telescope was assembled, which until 1917 was the largest in the world.
Some castles in Ireland have been restored in recent years and are now used as hotels, where you can have a great rest. Not far from Limerick in the village of Adir stands a Gothic Revival castle hotel. It was built in 1832, and in the 19th century a huge park was set up here, through which the Maikue River flows. All kinds of plants grow in the park, including the Lebanese Cedar. In the southwest of Ireland near the city of Waterfjord Lismore Castle is located on the island. Wicklow Castle Hotel is open on the southeast coast of Ireland. It was built in 1883 in the Victorian style. Kilkea Castle, an hour’s drive from Dublin, is home to the country’s famous Laces restaurant and Irish pub. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES Ireland ‘s most popular archaeological site is the Bru na Boine burial site. This is a complex of 40 burial mounds in the Boyne Valley, 40 km north of Dublin.
. The total area of the territory is 10 sq. m. km. The largest burial mounds of Brou na Boine are Newgrange, Knowth and Douth. They are corridor tombs, that is, a network of corridors leads to the burial hall inside the barrows. The local burials were built in the 3rd millennium BC. The height of the mounds reaches 14 m, and the diameter is 90 m. The Newgrange burial is the largest in Brou-na-Boine, it is notable for the fact that the rays of the rising sun fall deep into the tomb for several minutes only once a year, at dawn on the morning of the winter solstice 21 December, illuminating the tunnel leading to the burial chamber. The underground passages of the Naut mound are decorated with stone blocks on which ancient patterns are carved, and in the central hall there are frescoes in the form of a “lunar map” (ornaments resemble spots that can be observed on the moon).
Barren National Park. This is an area of karst formations with an area of 300 sq. km., where you can see all kinds of dolmens (ancient stone man-made structures made of large stones or stone slabs). Basically, these are tombs that were built 6000 years ago.
In the east of the country, in County Wicklow, south of Dublin, there is the National Park of the same name. It was founded in 1991. Archaeological sites with the remains of ancient monastic settlements are of interest here; Glindalof can be distinguished among such places. The local settlements were founded in the 6th century by Saint Kevin. Today, they left a round tower and the ruins of stone monasteries.
Not far from the city of Cashel is a place called “Mount Cashel”. In the 4th century, a monastery was built here on top of a hill. Already from a distance, on the hill, a 28-meter tower and a citadel built in the Romanesque style are visible.