The oldest visible portions of this castle’s striking and extensive ruins date from the 12th century. This was once one of the mightiest of the Norman castles in Northern Ireland (second only to Carrickfergus), and it still commands the imagination, if nothing else. It's on the site of an early Irish fortification (of which nothing is visible now). The enormous keep was built in the 13th century, as was the gatehouse. It was the home of the Maginnis family until the 17th century, when it was captured by Oliver Cromwell’s army, who destroyed it in 1652. The hilltop setting is lovely, and the views from the keep’s parapet are panoramic.
Mourne Mountains› Attraction
4 miles (6.5km) east of Newcastle, off A2, Dundrum, Co. Down
Our Rating Hours Castle: June–Aug daily 10am–5pm; Mar–May and Sept Tues–Sun 10am–5pm; Oct–Mar Sun noon–4pm. Last admission 30 min. before closing. Grounds: Daily year-round. Phone 028/9181-1491 Prices Free admission
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