Enniscorthy Castle, in the heart of Enniscorthy town, was originally built in the 13th century, and has been ‘home' to Norman knights, English armies, Irish rebels and prisoners, and local merchant families. Why not visit our dungeon to see the rare medieval wall art -The Swordsman, or our battlements at the top of the castle to marvel at the amazing views of Vinegar Hill Battlefield, Enniscorthy town, and the sights, flora and fauna of the surrounding countryside. Enniscorthy Castle explores the development of the Castle and town from its earliest Anglo-Norman origins, with a special focus on the Castle as a family home.The exhibition also explores the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy, (only town to rise outside of Dublin), as well as the work of the renowned Irish furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray (born in 1878 just outside the town).The roof of the castle is also accessible, with spectacular views of the surrounding buildings, Vinegar Hill, and countryside.
There are a huge number of castles all over Ireland, a lot of them are unfortunately just romantic ruins, having said that there are a large number that are still intact and being used for tourism purposes either as a tourist attraction, museum, or even as an accommodation provider. Enniscorthy Castle here in the county of Wexford is not only an integral part of local history, but for Irish history also, and has earned its place gracefully as one of our Top 100 Attractions in Ireland. The castle was the site of many fierce battles during the Cromwellian years and also the 1798 Rising, and has earned its place in history as being a stronghold to be recon with. Now in more peaceful times the castle houses a museum of sorts and a various amount of rooms within the castle walls details information pertaining to the 1798 rising and the people involved in that part of the struggles of that time.