|View from the outer ward.|
You can have a guided tour of the castle but I strolled around on my own, taking a look first at the various floors of the keep. I saw the mechanism for the winding gear for the portcullis and other artefacts. Here too, you’ll find an exhibition on various Irish castles.
|View from the Castle Street side|
Next up was the 13th century North West Tower, with its “murder hole”. Not a place to go if you are an uninvited guest. Luckily, I had paid my 3 euro entry fee! From the top, and indeed from other parts of the ramparts, there are good views over the town and the river.
|Banqueting Hall and NW Tower|
|Banqueting Hall interior|
|Picture taken from outer ward|
After that, it was time to visit the outer ward and the more recent buildings around a larger green area. One the buildings here contains an excellent informative audio-visual account of the castle’s story.
All in all, a great visit and well worth the modest entry fee.
While in the area why not visit the nearby Swiss Cottage and the beautiful Glen of Aherlow. I stayed in the Aherlow House Hotel.