Heritage Attractions

Ardgillian Castle & Demesne

Ardgillan Demesne is situated on the elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries. Although referred to as a castle, the residence at Ardgillan is a large country-style house with castellated embellishments.

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Malahide Castle & Demesne

Set on 100 hectares of parkland in Malahide the castle was established in the late 12th Century and from that time until 1975 was home to the Talbot family. The oldest part of the present castle is a 14th century tower house. 

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Newbridge House & Demesne

Newbridge Demesne covers an area of 150 ha. (370 acres).   The park was probably designed by the Wexford landscape gardener Charles Fritzell about 250 years ago.  The parkland is a good example of an eighteenth century landscape park with perimeter woodland belts and fine vistas across lawns and wildflower meadows. 

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Swords Castle

Located in the centre of the ancient town Swords Castle is a former residence of the Medieval Archbishop of Dublin. The extensive complex of buildings is in the form of a rough pentagon of 0.5 hectares and is enclosed by a perimeter wall of 260 meters.

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Castles

Aspects of Fingal Dublin's rich heritage and long history are encapsulated in the many famous buildings, churches, castles, great houses and archaeological sites located in the area. 

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Swords Round Tower

The only remaining relic of a medieval church is its Belfry which is open to the public in summertime, when fine days afford the visitor a view of four counties from the tower’s height. The original church is said to have fallen into ruin sometime in the seventeenth century. The new church of early Gothic style was built in 1811 on the foundations of the old.

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Lusk Round Tower

Lusk Heritage Centre comprises of a 9th century round tower, a medieval belfry and a 19th century church. They form a unit, although they were built over a period of almost a thousand years.

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Martello Towers

Martello towers are small defensive forts built during the 19th century, from the time of the Napoleonic Wars onwards.   They stand up to 40 feet (12m) high (with two floors) and typically had a garrison of one officer and 15-25 men.

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St. Doulagh's Church

Built in the 12th century, the church has many characteristics of early Saxon churches and the original walls are three feet thick. There are 7 apartments altogether in the church, including a leper's window, through which the unfortunate victim was permitted to receive Holy Communion and a penitential cell where the incumbent languished until he changed his ways.

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Dunsink Observatory

Ireland's oldest scientific institution, Dunsink Observatory was built in 1783 and has for over 200 years provided Dublin with information on the progress of astronomy

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Hurdy Gurdy Museum

Entrance opposite “The Abbey Tavern”, Abbey Street. Based in Howth’s Martello Tower this vintage radio museum exhibits radios and gramophones from the early 1900’s to present day.

 

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National Transport Museum

Featuring Ireland's only comprehensive assembly of public and commercial road transport. More than a century separates the oldest of the sixty exhibits (1883) from the newest, recording the Golden Age of commercial vehicles.

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Newbridge Traditional Farm

A 19th century farm was virtually an independent and self  supporting entity, labour was cheap and in great supply, animals were kept and crops were grown for food

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Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre

A 19th century farm was virtually an independent and self  supporting entity, labour was cheap and in great supply, animals were kept and crops were grown for food

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Skerries Mills

A 19th century farm was virtually an independent and self supporting entity, labour was cheap and in great supply, animals were kept and crops were grown for food

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