Welcome to Claregalway Castle
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.
Watch out for the many events planned for 2015, including our renowned Galway Garden Festival (4-5 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!