County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Sights

Knappogue Castle

  • Quin Rd. Map It
  • Ennis
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

With a name that means "hill of the kiss," Knappogue is one of Ireland's most beautiful medieval tower-house castles. A 15th-century MacNamara stronghold, Knappogue Castle was renovated in the Victorian era and fitted with storybook details. Restored by a wealthy American family, the castle has now been retro-ed in 15th-century style.

By day you can enjoy a castle tour, including the walled garden, which looks like something out of a medieval Book of Hours. In the evenings (Apr.–Oct.) it hosts fun and fabulous medieval banquets (€48). You're first greeted at the main door by the Ladies of the Castle who escort you to the Dalcassian Hall, where you enjoy a goblet of mead (honey wine), listen to harp and fiddle, then proceed to the banqueting hall for a four-course meal, great Irish choral music, and a theatrical set-piece in which the Butler and the Earl argue the virtues of Gallantry. As an added allure, the castle looks spectacular when floodlighted.

Sight Information


Knappogue Castle, Quin Rd., Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

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Sight Details:

  • €6
  • May–Aug., daily 10–4:30

Published 08/11/2015


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