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.
The castle was constructed in a piecemeal fashion over a period of 400 years and became one of the eight manorial estates belonging to the medieval Archbishops of Dublin. Parliaments are even said to have been held in the great hall of the Castle. Swords Castle is the only fortified residence of the Archbishop of Dublin to survive in a reasonable state of preservation. The Castle is currently under restoration, the work is being carried out by Fingal County Council and FAS.
Swords Castle & Courtyard is open to visitors Monday to Friday by appointment only. Please call tel: (01) 890 5600 in advance to arrange your visit. We will do our best to accommodate you. Admission is free.
Swords Castle, Main Street, Swords.
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