Fáilte! Claregalway Castle is a fully restored 15th century Anglo-Norman tower house. Situated on the banks of the River Clare, in Claregalway village, on the N17 road, the castle is just under 10 km from Galway City. The castle is open to the public daily from March to September, 12 noon to 4 pm, Thursday - Sunday inclusive.
Claregalway Castle was the chief fortress of the powerful Clanricarde De Burgo or Burke family from the early 1400s to the mid-1600s. The Clanricarde Burkes were descended from William de Burgh, a knight who had taken part in the Anglo-Norman invasion of Connacht in the early 1200s.
Exploring the castle and its environs through a guided tour, visitors can find out about its fascinating, often bloody, six hundred year history. Visitors can also discover some of the castle's secrets, learn about what everyday life in a Medieval Irish castle was like, and hear about the colourful characters who once lived there, such as the 1st Earl of Clanricarde, Ulick na gCeann (of the heads/beheader), Ladies Estacia Fitzgerald and Honora de Burgo, the notorious Cromwellian commander Sir Charles Coote, the great Hollywood actor Orson Welles and many more.
Spring Garden, Craft and Food Fair.
Claregalway Castle hosts the Spring Garden, Craft & Food Fair.
The Fair is from 11am – 6pm. Come along and get all your gardening questions answered and enjoy coffee & cakes in coffee shop.
- Irish Specialist Nurseries Association (ISNA)
- Made in Galway Craft and Food Group
- Galway Youth Jazz Orchestra
- Silvermoon Jazz Trio
- Side events of all flavours
Admission is only €5!! Don’t miss this special opportunity to meet the experts as the gardening season gets underway.
The Galway Garden Festival
Watch out for the many events planned for 2018, including our renowned Galway Garden Festival (early July) - a showcase for the very best of rare and special plant traders from all over Ireland.
The speakers forum at the Garden Festival features internationally renowned experts, along with a feast of outdoor music, an archery display by Living Longbows, a children's programme full of surprises, open air entertainment, craft and food....making this festival an explosion of colour, scent, sound, texture and tastes to remember!
Other Planned Events for 2018:
- September 9th - Autumn Garden Fair - details to follow
- September 29th - October 1st Medieval Tournament details to follow
- October 4th - De Burgo lecture - details to follow
- December - Christmas Craft Fair 2018