Ireland has thousands of amazing castles, monasteries, cathedrals, abbeys and more. We have a long way to go before seeing them all.
A search on the internet shows there are approximately 30,000 castles and castle ruins across Ireland. This does not include the monasteries, cathedrals and everything else – this is hard to believe. We did include a lot of photos to give you an idea of what exists but fortunately not 30,000 photos. Hope you find some you like!
A beautiful location in the Wicklow Mountains National Park – a great place to walk around and perhaps take a hike overlooking the area.
Rock of Dunamase / Dunamase Castle
Fun to explore, open 24 hours a day and no tourists (at least when we were there).
A majestic castle with beautiful gardens that offer a great place to sit and relax. St. Mary’s Cathedral can be seen in the distance.
St. Canice’s Cathedral
A beautiful cathedral worth a visit. Walk the grounds and make sure to go up the 100 foot round tower. It’s one of the last climbable in Ireland.
St. Mary’s Cathedral
A really good view of the cathedral from the top of the Round Tower of St. Canice’s Cathedral.
St. Canice Catholic Church
A view of the church from the top of the Round Tower of St. Canice’s Cathedral.
Kilkenny Franciscan Friary
A good view of the friary from the top of the Round Tower of St. Canice’s Cathedral.
Rock of Cashel
A must visit but be prepared for lots of tourists. This is a highly visited sight and we found out why. It’s an incredible sight with an interesting tour. Get your camera ready!
This abbey is reachable by foot from the Rock of Cashel or you can drive and park closer. If you have time, visit and enjoy yourself.
One of the largest castles in Ireland and another must visit. After your visit, walk around the castle and walk the Inch Field Sculpture Trail. It includes lots of interesting and unique sculptures.
A perfect small castle right on Lough Leane. The short path from the parking lot passes over a small bridge with colorful boats and ducks. Aimee’s favorite!
Ladies View Castle
This castle is across the road from the “Ladies View” viewpoint on the Ring of Kerry. This castle is on a beautiful drive.
Adare Trinitarian Abbey
This abbey is located in Adare which is known as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns.
King John’s Castle
Right on the River Shannon in Limerick, this castle is one of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe and approximately 800 years old.
St. Munchin’s Church
A very old church rumored to have been built around 561. That is OLD!
Castle and Folk Park worth visiting. Stay the night and enjoy the unique medieval banquet in the great hall which includes food and ale, music and dancing.
A scenic castle right on a lake and now a five star hotel with a golf course.
An old cemetery on a hill in the town of Ennistymon. The cemetery surrounds the ruins of St. Andrew’s church.
A tower house castle on a hill overlooking Doolin Point. The road up is very tight but the scenery is very nice!
Another tower house castle but unique in that its base starts as a pyramid then it becomes cylindrical. It is currently in use by the Burren College of Art.
This scenic castle built right on Galway Bay is one of the most photographed castles in Ireland. Legend says King Guaire was very generous and if you stand at the gate of the castle and ask a question, you will have your answer by the end of the day.
This castle is nearly hidden in vegetation but easily spotted across the river. Just think, hundreds of years from now, someone will “discover” this castle which will be completely hidden by the forest.
This one isn’t open to the public but still worth driving by. I bet its views are stunning.
The ruins of a castle that was captured and destroyed in 1642. I bet it was impressive.
A large medieval ruin on the edge of the sea.
Castle turned hotel and one of the most haunted places in Ireland. Read about the Ghost Room. This castle also is the proud owner of the Games of Thrones #9 Door!
St. Andrew’s Church
An impressive and beautiful church in Dublin. Also home of the Molly Malone statue.
Christ Church Place & Cathedral
Dublin’s oldest building founded in 1030 and a major visitor attraction. A stunning and beautiful cathedral located in the heart of Medieval Dublin.
St. Audoen’s Church
Another old church dating back to 1190 and is very close to the center of the medieval city.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
A large and stunning cathedral founded in 1191.
A large and unique monument made of interlocking arches and an obelisk reaching 140 feet.
Hurray you reached the bottom!!
Hopefully these photos give you an idea of the types of amazing Castles, Monasteries, Cathedrals and Abbeys in Ireland. Next time we visit, we’ll try visiting the other 29,976 castles.