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Ardfinnan, County Tipperary, Ireland

Ardfinnan Castle is situated on rocky slope overlooking the River Suir valley eight miles west of Clonmel. It has views north west to the Galtee Mountains and south to the Knockmealdown Mountains.

The castle is rectangular in shape with square towers at the corners, and a fortified entrance gateway. The castle is on high ground near the old bridge over the River Suir. It was originally built to guard the river crossing in Ardfinnan. The old bridge with its 14 arches makes an interesting approach to the castle.

The castle is privately owned and not open to the public.

Ardfinnan Castle was built around 1185 for Prince John (who later became King John of England). In the 1640s in was occupied by Oliver Cromwell's troops. It was held as a military post until 1649, when it was destroyed by Cromwell's forces. The castle was partially restored and rebuilt in the 18th century and 19th century.

Other Castles in the Area
  Ballinard Castle, County Tipperary
  Ballindoney Castle, County Tipperary
  Burncourt Castle, County Tipperary
  Cahir Castle, County Tipperary
  Castle Lyons, County Cork
  Conna Castle, County Cork
  Court Castle, County Tipperary
  Lisfinny Castle, County Waterford
  Lismore Castle, County Waterford
  Loughlohery Castle, County Tipperary
  Milltown St John Castle, County Tipperary
  Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary
  Sleady Castle, County Waterford

Sleady Castle
Ardfinnan Castle, Tipperary

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