near Quin , Co Clare
A magnificent 15th Century castle , Knappogue is situated in the tranquil heart of the County Clare countryside, and offers a more refined medieval experience with fabulous grounds and walled gardens. Built in 1467 by Sean MacNamara, son of Sioda MacNamara who built Bunratty Castle , Knappogue Castle has a long history from battle site to stately dwelling. From 1571 Knappogue was the principle seat of the MacNamara Clan, Earls of Clancullen but during Oliver Cromwell's conquest the castle was confiscated by the English and granted to one of the Roundhead soldiers Arthur Smith. However after Charles II was restored to the throne, it was handed back to the MacNamara's in 1670.
In 1800 the MacNamara Clan sold Knappogue to the Scott family who carried out major restoration work, before it was acquired by Lord Dunboyne in 1855 who continued Knappogue's restoration and installed the walled garden, a lovely feature today. Knappogue Castle is a magnificent sight in a tranquil and romantic setting. It has played host to two Irish Presidents and heads of state from other countries including Charles de Gaulle of France and forms the beautiful backdrop for many a wedding reception. From April to October, medieval castle banquets are held at Knappogue, with a truly magnificent show of music, song and dance, flowing wine and good food. These are a little more intimate and refined than the banquets at Bunratty and you are given a knife and fork to eat with!
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Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes
Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes