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 (€44.50). 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.
R649, 5 km (3 miles) southeast of Quin, Bunratty, Co. Limerick, Ireland