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 2015, 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.
Castle Christmas is the OFFICIAL West of Ireland real life home of Santa and Mrs. Clause. You’ll be greeted at the entrance by the mischievous ‘Head of the Elves’ into a magical world of fun, sparkles and all things Christmas! From the very moment you set foot on Castle Christmas ground, you leave the normal world behind and get rare and special access to Santa’s carefully-chosen chosen Irish home.
Explore the different areas of the castle at will to discover the delights and surprises which await you ‘round every corner. You can sing your favourite Christmas songs at the very tippy top of your voice in Elf-e- oke (Karaoke – elf-style!), make a wish on a special star and place it into a rocket which will be blasted into space on Christmas Eve (watch for your star in the sky), join in the indoor snowball fight (if you dare), listen into the ‘Elf and Safety’ announcements, shake the aptly named ‘Jingle Tree’ (how jingly is it?) or listen to Mrs. Claus tell her all-time favourite festival stories (gathered over centuries).
For more information, see the separate website www.CastleChristmas.ie to make your bookings. Nollaig Shona!
Autumn Garden Fair at Claregalway Castle.
If you have missed our Autumn Garden Fair with the best nurseries and rare plant specialists on Sunday Spetember 10th, Don't Worry! We have a CULTURE NIGHT with Youth Ballet Best on Sept/22. Following a week later from that is our now annual INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL COMBAT TOURNAMENT over the weekend of 30/Sept - 01/October. And if that hasn't given your imagination flight, then LOOK UP!! There is talk of a HOT AIR BALOON CHAMPIONSHIP over Claregalway Castle!!!
The Fair is from 11am – 6pm. Come along and get all your gardening questions answered and enjoy coffee & cakes in coffee shop.
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 2017, 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!
EVENT - International Medieval Tournament at Claregalway Castle October 1st & 2nd 2016.
Oct 01 - Oct 02: The first full-contact medieval tournament in Ireland for over 400 years will be happening at Claregalway Castle over the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of October.
Armoured knights from across the globe will be descending on the fantastically restored 15th century Castle for this very unusual but very real martial arts tournament.
Team Ireland, who recently competed at the World Championships in Poland for the first time last May, will have a tough fight on their hands with combatants from across Britain, Denmark, Spain and even the U.S.A all competing to take home the Claregalway Castle Shield.
This is not reenacting.
This is not choreographed.
This is the medieval tournament brought back to life.
EVENT - 2016 Galway Garden Festival at Claregalway Castle.
Something for everyone:-
- free events
- music, bands
- Talks from World Renowned experts on the natural world (and some other things too)
- Something for all the family. World-renowned experts in various areas of the natural world come to speak.
See the website for more details. DON'T MISS THIS! BÍGÍ LINN!
Heritage Week 2015 at Claregalway Castle
Heritage Week, (22/Aug - 30/Aug), is a fantastic time to delve into your families past and your county's heritage. At Claregalway Castle we have a full range of events for you to come and see. Most are FREE. All are FANTASTIC.
Please come and join us! TAKE a tour. LEARN how archers bows were made! SEE medieval warriors fighting methods. TAKE in one of TALKS. For the full list of events Click HERE or check out our EVENTS page.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK. Bain sult as an tseachtain.