Enniscorthy Castle, in the heart of Enniscorthy town, was originally built in the 13th century, and has been ‘home’ to Norman knights, English armies, Irish rebels and prisoners, and local merchant families.
Visit the dungeon to see the rare medieval wall art – the Swordsman, or the accessible battlements on the roof of the castle to marvel at the spectacular views of Vinegar Hill battlefield, Enniscorthy town, and the sights, flora and fauna of the surrounding countryside.
Visit Enniscorthy Castle to explore the development of the Castle and town from their earliest Anglo-Norman origins, with a special focus on the Castle as a family home. Visitors can also view the ‘Enniscorthy Industries’ exhibition on the ground floor, from the early 1600s onwards, when Enniscorthy began to grow and prosper as a market town.
The work of the renowned Irish furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray (born in 1878 just outside the town) is displayed on the second floor, along with temporary exhibitions exploring local history and culture.
Tours of the Castle are self-guided. Facilities include a craft and gift shop, public toilets and baby-changing area, wheelchair access to all floors (including roof), and the town visitor information point. The Castle looks forward to welcoming you to the town’s most public ‘home’.
A visit to the Castle’s sister site, The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, is a must for anyone interested in history. A dynamic exhibition there brings the events surrounding the rebellion to life.