Greencastle Royal Castle

Northern Ireland Environment Agency owned property
It is approached across a rock-cut ditch, which excavations revealed to be 7m wide at top, 3m at base & 3.5m deep. The curtain wall had 4 corner towers, of which only the bases of 2 remain. The 4 storey keep, 18m x 8.5m internally, is 13th century with later alterations.

From its setting on a rocky height beside Carlingford Lough, it has commanded the ferry link with Carlingford and defended sea and land communications. Due to various attacks on the castle over time, the building standing to day is a mix of 13th – 16th century structures.

Access is limited for wheelchair users and those who have difficulty walking.

No unaccompanied children under the age of 16.

Opening times:

From 1st September 2014 Not open

The Castle will open exceptionally for European Heritage Open Days on:

Sat, 13 September - 10:00 - 17:00
Sun, 14 September - 10:00 - 17:00

2015 spring / summer schedule to be published closer to the time.

Prices:

Free.

Location / Directions

From Kilkeel follow the Greencastle road and continue along this road for approx 2 miles. Continue along the Cranfield road for approximately 0.4 miles and then turn right onto the Lurganconary road. In approximately 0.2 miles turn left onto the Lurganconary road (sign posted Rostrevor and Greencastle). In approximately 0.7 miles you will come to a staggered junction. At this junction turn left and then immediately right onto the Greencastle pier road (sign posted for Greencastle). Continue along this road for 1.2 miles. The castle entrance is on the right hand side.
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Contact Details

Greencastle Pier Road
Greencastle
Kilkeel
Co Down

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