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Maynooth Castle

Category: Families, Culture, Sightseeing, Free

Type: Castles, Historic Homes & Sites, Visitor Centres, General Attractions

Co Kildare
Tel: +353 1 628 6744

Please mention when enquiring.

13th Century Castle with exhibition on the history of the castle and the FitzGerald family

Maynooth Castle

Maynooth Castle was founded in the early 13th century and became the principal residence of the Kildare branch of the Geraldines. The Kildare FitzGeralds extended their land holdings and influence, emerging as one of the most powerful families in Ireland with Maynooth Castle becoming a centre of political power and culture.

The original Keep, constructed c. 1203, was one of the largest of its kind in Ireland. The castle was a stronghold of the 16th century historical figure Thomas FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Kildare better known as Silken Thomas.

A restoration programme commenced in 2000 and there is an exhibition on the history of the castle and the family.

Opening Time:

Open Daily, 24th May - 26th September, 10am-6pm.

Admission Charge:

Maynooth Castle - Maynooth County Kildare Ireland
Maynooth Castle - Maynooth County Kildare Ireland
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