Ormonde Castle



Location: Castle Park, County Tipperary Map

Constructed: 15th century

Tel. 051 640787

Open: May- Sept daily


Ormonde Castle is a medieval residence that stands near Castle Park, County Tipperary in Ireland. The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century, and in 1315 was acquired by James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormond. In subsequent years, representatives of the Butler family repeatedly completed and remade the interior, as well as the appearance of the structure. In the XVII century, the owners left the castle and moved to another place, however, Ormond continued to remain their property. In 1947, the castle was transferred to the state, which was engaged in the restoration of a historical and architectural monument.


At some point after 1565, Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde, (sometimes referred to as the 3rd Earl of Ormonde) spent many years at the court of his Base Elisabeth I, to which he was related via Anne Boleyn. There, he got an impression of Elizabethan architecture, and brought these impressions to Ireland, where he was next to his castle, a mansion in this style of building, the first of its kind in Ireland.

In the 17th century the house was the preferred residence of James Butler, the "Great Duke of Ormonde", but the Butler family gave up the house as a residence after James' death in 1688. But it remained in the hands of the family until the middle of the 20th century. In 1947, Ormonde Castle was handed over to the state authorities, which restored the historical structures.

The manor house has been improved by the installation of the coupled Windows in the front fa├žade of both floors and Bay Windows in the porch in the middle of this facade. The gallery on the first floor has two carved mantels, and a ceiling, and a frieze in Elizabeth cool and stucco. The U-shape of the manor house includes a small courtyard that connects to the North side of the enclosure of the old castle. The manor house has two full floors and an attic with Gables.

The biggest success of the restoration was the gallery upstairs, the ceiling of which had largely collapsed. This room, in which paintings once hung, has a magnificent open fireplace made of limestone, bearing the year 1565, and a stucco relief by Elisabeth I., flanked by allegories of equality and Justice. They say she promised her cousin to come to see her once.