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Portumna Castle and Demesne occupy a magnificent location on the shores of Lough Derg on the River Shannon. Although gutted by fire in 1826, the Castle is still an imposing example of Irish architecture of the early 17th Century. Built before 1618 by Richard de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, the castle became the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years.Use our Portumna itinerary planner to visit Portumna Castle on your trip to Portumna, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Architecturally, the building marks the transition from the medieval Tower House to the Renaissance style manor house with complimentary influences from both periods. Following the fire and the ravages of time, the castle degenerated into a roofless shell. However, since 1968, the Office of Public Works re-roofed the building and based on extensive archaeological and historical research, other major conservation and partial restoration works continue to be carried out by a team of skilled craftsmen.
The imposing façade of the castle faces north and is approached by a long avenue and formal gardens. The dramatic approach has three formal enclosures which contain geometric and regular plantings, an old shrub rose garden and a walled kitchen garden, all combining to re-create a sense of the original 17th century setting.
The ground floor of the castle is open to the public and houses an exhibition on the history and restoration of the building and the de Burgo family. The virtual reality DVD presentation adds to the exhibition, bringing the story to life.
Portumna Castle is surrounded by the towns' local attractions – Lough Derg, the River Shannon and Portumna Forest Park. Activities include golfing, hiking, go-karting, various heritage sites and more, which makes Portumna and its surrounds a really worthwhile area to visit.
Portumna Castle reviews
Fabulous castle and gardens, really is a must see and everyones to do list, gardens are so beautiful and peacefull, attended a garden talk here last summer and it was amazing
Fabulous castle and gardens, really is a must see and everyones to do list, gardens are so beautiful and peacefull, attended a garden talk here last summer and it was amazing more »
Been there two trips. It's the family home of the Burkes. I loved being there. The Castle has been renovated and is so beautiful. I loved seeing my ancestry displayed through the Lords' paintings.... more
Been there two trips. It's the family home of the Burkes. I loved being there. The Castle has been renovated and is so beautiful. I loved seeing my ancestry displayed through the Lords' paintings.... more »
Interesting Castle & OPW is restoring it - a few more floors to go. Grounds are immaculate. The Kitchen garden was my highlight as it had everything that it should have plus a good bit more. Well.... more
Interesting Castle & OPW is restoring it - a few more floors to go. Grounds are immaculate. The Kitchen garden was my highlight as it had everything that it should have plus a good bit more. Well.... more »
We really enjoyed the flower garden. Very lovely. The self guided walk in the house was very informative. Nice coffee shop with plenty of seats. Abbey that you can visit too.
Interesting historical castle/manor with nice gardens. There are some information plaques but only a small part of the castle is currently accessible as it is still being renovated, although this appears to be reflected in the relatively cheap entry price (€5 as of July 2022). You can also visit the nearby priory ruins.
A must see if you're in Portumna,not only for its historical value but as a unique monument to the dedication of the OPW. A work in progress since 1968 the building has been saved from dereliction and the ground floor is now open to visitors with a guided tour and video presentation available. The house's kitchen garden has been largely restored by a local volunteer group, the walled garden in particular has some magical corners. Refreshments and facilities are available with friendly and helpful staff. Admission is only €5 for adults with the usual concessions and wheelchair access. 😎❤
Absolutely loved this place. Cannot believe in all my years bringing my family hiking in Portumna Forest that we never visited the castle ground before. Well worth a visit, plenty to see and do and the herb gardens are amazing! Lovely tea rooms and clean toilets for that all-important cuppa on the go.
Nice Gardens and grounds to walk around for free had a really nice coffee at the Tea rooms. To go inside and read about the heritage and history is only 5 and goes toward the continued restoration.
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