Knappogue Castle & Gardens

Knappogue, Quin, Co Clare
Phone: 061-360788

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  • Knappogue Castle - a 15th century restored medieval tower house standing proudly, reflecting the medieval glory in which our nobility of yesteryear lived.
  • Knappogue Castle Walled Gardens - this beautiful 1.76 acre garden restored to its former splendour with its tall and imposing walls refurnished with climbing roses, grapevines and many clematis varieties.
  • The Macnamara and O Brien Rooms - Two beautifully restored 19th century drawing rooms furnished with an array of elegant antiques from the time.
  • Knappogue State Rooms – Luxurious castle accommodation available for private rental – contact Shannon Heritage on + 353 (0)61 360788.
  • Admission: May - August from 10am to 4:30pm with last admission at 4pm
  • GPS coordinates: @52.795717,-8.826592
  • Medieval Castle Banquets 6.30pm from Apr – Oct. Book Online:

The story of Knappogue Castle begins with the Macnamara clan in 1467 and it has a long and varied history. As you wander through the vaulted halls of Knappogue you will learn about the families who dwelled here including the Scotts and the Butlers each making their own valuable contribution

Knappogue Castle was built in 1467 by Sean MacNamara and is a magnificent example of a medieval tower house. It has a long and varied history from a battle field to a dwelling place. In 1571 the Castle became the seat of the MacNamara Clan - Earls of West Clancullen.Donagh MacNamara was a leader of the 1641 rebellion and then Knappogue remained in MacNamara hands until 1659 when it was confiscated by Cromwells parliament and granted to a Roundhead Arthur Smith. However after the monarchy was restored in 1670 Knappogue was returned to its MacNamara owners. The MacNamara Clan sold the castle to the Scotts in 1800 and they carried out major restoration and extension work. In 1855 it was acquired by Lord Dunboyne who continued the restoration work.

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