The Midlands Sights

Roscrea Castle

  • Castle St. Map It
  • Roscrea
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

In the very center of town is Roscrea Castle, a Norman fortress dating from 1314, given by King Richard II to the Duke of Ormonde. Inside are vaulted rooms graced with tapestries and 16th-century furniture. A ticket to the castle gains entry to the adjacent Damer House, a superb example of an early-18th-century town house on the grand scale. It was built in 1725 within the curtain walls of the castle, at a time when homes were often constructed beside or attached to the strongholds they replaced. The house has a plain, symmetrical facade and a magnificent carved-pine staircase inside; on display are exhibits about local history. The Damer Art Gallery is on the second floor while on the third the Kelly Exhibition showcases furniture and farm implements donated from a local farmhouse. Hour-long guided tours are held in spring and summer. Your ticket also includes entry to the restored Black Mills in Church Street, a small museum with local artifacts, of which the star attraction is St. Cronan's High Cross.

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Castle St., Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

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  • €4
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 10–5

Published 08/11/2015


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