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Dungarvan Castle

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Dungarvan Castle
At eastern end of Davitt's Quay/Castle Street
Dungarvan
Waterford
Republic of Ireland

Dungarvan Castle is an Anglo-Norman fortification founded in 1185. It was built in a very strategic location at the mouth of the River Colligan. From here, ships could be anchored and soldiers could command the narrow strip of land to the south of the Comeragh Mountains which linked East and West Waterford.

The castle consists of a polygonal shell keep with an enclosing curtain wall, a corner tower and a gate tower. The shell keep is the earliest structure, dating from the 12th century 'Norman Invasion of Ireland'. This castle was built by King John of England and is a typical example of a British Royal Castle.

Shell keeps are common in England, but rare in Ireland. Inside the curtain wall is a two storey military barracks, which dates from the first half of the 18th century. The barracks is now restored and houses an informative exhibition on the history of the castle.

SpecialisationsKEY
  • Culture and Heritage
General DescriptionsKEY
  • Free Admission
Descriptions
Opening Months

Castle opens from23 May - 26 September - Monday - Friday 10am -6pm. Refer to website for more details.

Opening Times

Access to the castle is by guided tour only. Last admission 45 minutes before closing. Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes

Exhibitions, Toilet facilities and lift for the disabled are provided.

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