Barryscourt Castle (Caisleán Chúirt an Bharraigh)

Barryscourt Castle


Location: Cork-Youghal Road (N25), Carrigtwohill Map

Constructed: 16th century

Official site

Tel. +353 21 488 2218

Open: 26th May - 28th September: Daily 10am - 6pm

Last admission 45 min before closing

Admission Fee: Free


Description of Barryscourt Castle

Barryscourt Castle is located near town of Carrigtwohill in Cork County of Ireland. Barryscourt Castle was constructed in 16th century by the Barry clan. This family supported the Desmond Rebellions of 1569 and 1579 against Britain under rule of Elizabeth I. Barryscourt Castle was destroyed by their owners to keep it from falling into English hands, but quickly rebuild after British monarch gave the family her pardon. Barry clan abandoned their Barryscourt tower house in 1617, but it still served as a military fortification for several decades. During the Irish Confederate War Barryscourt Castle was badly damaged in 1645 by cannon fire and eventually taken by enemy forces.
This traditional Irish tower house is one of the best preserved structures from the period. First floor Main Hall and Second Floor Great Hall are well restored to their original appearance. Additionally a garden that previously surrounded Barryscourt is now replanted in an original design.