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:

1st Oct – 31st Mar N/A
1st Apr – 31st May N/A
1st Jun – 30th Sept 10am – 5pm daily Jul & Aug:
10am – 5pm Sat & Sun only 1st Oct – 31st Oct N/A
1st Nov 2012 – 28th Feb N/A
1st Mar – 31st Mar N/A

Can be viewed from exterior when shut.

Prices:

Free.

Location / Directions

Off A2, 4 miles south-west of Kilkeel.

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Contact Details

Greencastle
Kilkeel
Co Down

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www.doeni.gov.uk/niea
Email:
nieainfo@doeni.gov.uk
Tel: (028) 9181 1491