Adare Castle and Adare Heritage (Limerick)
Village Adare is renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, with picturesque thatched cottages nestled along the main street.
The Adare Heritage Centre contains exhibitions on local history and archaeology. A stronghold of the Earls of Kildare, and later the Earls Desmond, Adare Castle is scenically situated on the banks of the River Maigue, its strong walls were surrounded by a moat, fed by the river.
Adjacent the castle are the ruins of a medieval Franciscan Friary, one of the three substantial monasteries in Adare. The medieval Augustinian Friary and Trinitarian Abbey were restored by the Dunraven family in the 19th century and are still in daily use. Adare Manor, former home of the Earls of Dunraven, built in the Gothic Revival style is now one of Ireland’s finest hotel and golf resorts and will host the Ryder Cup in 2026.