This castle is a sight to behold in the middle of the crowded city center of Kilkenny. When you first arrive at the castle, you get a false sense of it being small, almost too small to be impressed by. However, once you manage to park your car and wander into the gates, you will find a park like refuge from the busy streets. This is what makes Kilkenny Castle one of the top castles you cannot miss in Ireland.
A visit to Ireland would not be complete without the vertigo adventure of kissing the Blarney stone at the infamous Blarney Castle. Located close to the city of Cork in the village of Blarney, is the Blarney Castle. While the castle itself has not been restored, the grounds are beautiful; featuring walking trails, stables, a poison garden, huge trees, beautiful ponds and endless lawns of green.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
If you are looking for the whole experience, then you must stop at Bunratty Castle. Just a short drive from Limerick, you will be transported back in time as you explore a period village and learn about how the villages lived during the time of the castle. The tour is interactive and allows you to go into the buildings as you make your way around.
If you plan on paying a visit to the famous sites of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, then you will be hard pressed to miss Dunguaire Castle. It is located right off the main road that leads you through Clare County and overlooks the Galway Bay.
Easily reached from Dublin on a day trip, or enroute from Galway to Dublin, Birr castle is known for its lavish gardens and contribution to science. It boasts some of the most advanced telescopes you will find in your travels and the gardens are well known all around Ireland.
Malahide Castle is the closest castle to Dublin and the exterior of this castle is stunning, again with a classic exterior look and feel of being a real castle from a fairytale. If you don’t have time to venture beyond Dublin on your trip to Ireland and you want to visit a castle, than it goes without saying that you should hop on the train and go see Malahide Castle.