Charleville Castle

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Charleville Castle, the Masterpiece of Francis Johnston, once derelict, vacant, closed-off and decaying, has been rescued from near ruin by volunteers of the Charleville Castle Community. Built originally as a dramatic Power Center in the Midlands - a most important Irish symbol of the Union with Great Britain 1801 - it is a project of the Peace Process - authenticate, intact and "of the people". The long avenue to the forecourt is now fully open - some areas require supervised access or guides [set donation] - Volunteers rotate on duty 24/7 - 365 days a year - sharing actively with the public. It is famous for its ghosts stories and unique architecture - it is not a state-funded project and depends entirely on volunteers and supporters - the local community and many thousands more openly express love and support for the Castle. Come visit - we hope you will get a real feeling of what it is to keep a big Castle like this alive - hopefully your visit can be enhanced by a guided tour.
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Melanie L
Ontario, Canada8 contributions
Friends
The forest walk to Charleville Castle is absolutely enchanting with lush greenery, forest paths, fairy doors, and a narrow concrete road. It is an easy walk to Charleville - about 15 minutes to walk there from the road. While walking this road, you pass the King Oak (an oak tree that is hundreds of years old). There is a fairy mound in one of the fields also. Local volunteers are restoring the castle and the grand stair case and great room beyond are almost done. We were able to see the grand staircase and the grand room beyond for a night of local talent of singing, dancing, playing traditional Irish instruments, and story telling.The interior is beautiful. The grounds are astonishing. If you enjoy newer castles and old forests, you will love Charleville. Highly recommend this site.
Written 13 July 2022
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Rourked
dublin73 contributions
Family
Saving the five star review for when we get into the castle.

Beautiful walk up to the gates of the castle- some fairy doors scattered around. Upon arrival the view of the castle is breathtaking.
Written 7 August 2021
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Grace B
Dublin, Ireland14 contributions
Couples
We were away for the weekend staying nearby and came across the castle from a Google search and so lucky we did. We arrive at 2pm and a lovely volunteer at the door named Roman (from France) welcomed us in for a tour (there is a donation to be made as its a voluntary run project) to note they do not have a card machine and we only had credit cards no cash so we drove down to the town to get an ATM and were back for the 3pm tour. The castle is beautiful and its history and stories provided by Roman were so interesting and captivating. The rooms within the castle were just out of this world. Thoroughly enjoyed and will definetly be back. Well done Roman for delivering such a great and informative tour for us. Thank you
Written 8 March 2020
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Thank you from all the volunteers and thank you Romain... the card machine is fixed - most sorry about that
Written 9 March 2020
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Din B
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One of the most beautiful castles in Ireland! Tour was provided by two volunteer french girls! We visited almost all rooms, was very interesting! Highly recommended for visit!
Written 4 March 2020
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From all the volunteers at Charleville Castle - Thank you - safe route I hope the French Guides were live volunteers not "floating" residents???
Written 5 March 2020
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Keristy & Skylar
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Family
My partner and I made an unexpected stop to Charleville castle, rang the doorbell hoping to see inside and these two lovely ladies let us in and gave us a guided tour throughout the castle. We had many laughs and heard very many tales about the history of the family and the rooms that were available to the public. They had great knowledge about the history of the surrounding areas as well which we greatly appreciated! Sam and Nadine were so warm and welcoming to us to the point where we felt as though we were speaking to our friends not just a "regular tour guide with no emotion" both myself and my partner would absolutely recommend going to visit this magical place! Prior to going to Charleville Castle we visited another location, the staff there had no idea about the history but Sam and Nadine did. They told us stories of not just the one they worked at but others I would go back just to pick their brains more!!! Thank you so much ladies for all your work and obvious love of where you are.
Written 3 March 2020
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What a smashing review.... Sam and Nadine ... you were migty lucky It would be great if all visitors could be so lucky But I guess that is the mystery of the castle - when to come? How to be so lucky... Safe travels
Written 4 March 2020
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Fred Byrne
County Carlow, Ireland48 contributions
Fantastic Experience. Well worth a a visit if your in the area. Our guide (Santiago) from Argentina was probably the best & most passionate guide I've ever had. Full of knowledge & stories relating to the castle & surrounding areas. Loved it.
Written 1 February 2020
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CRRG_Dublin
Dublin, Ireland128 contributions
Hard to get a reply when trying to book our visit by e-mail and phone. But worth the trip and a fascinating castle. Our tour guide, Santiago (from Argentina!!) was brilliant - funny, entertaining, lively but also had a great knowlegde about the castle and Tullamore. Well worth the visit!!
Written 26 January 2020
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To CRRG_Dublin You guys are simply brilliant. and you overcame all the tests of actually getting a phone to ring in this big heap of a castle when a volunteers just happened to be passing --- 5 stars Thank you Santiage will be chuffed - it is great that you found it worthwhile and really good that you told other people .... let's keep the People's Castle ALIVE - Safe Travels
Written 27 January 2020
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The Visitor
4 contributions
Couples
An absolutly unique castle with a lot of spooky legends and stories . Even though in January, a very nice guy openend and showed us the castle. He told us about the castle and some ghost stories. He was so passionated about keeping the castle alive! And that all voluntarily. It is definitly worth a visit.
Written 23 January 2020
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Hey Thank you Thank you Thank you We are delighted you got to visit the little treasure Charleville Castle )which we all love to care for and share when we can) Thank you
Written 24 January 2020
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nate m
Tullamore, Ireland7 contributions
volunteer-run, donation-supported (no defined entry fee), personal feel to the tour. this is a different tour than you'll have at a more traditional/formal castle, as it's not as established and (thankfully) not run by a large entity. the tour guide was excellent, as was the access to the rooms, the relaxed pace of the tour, and the stories about the family.
Written 7 January 2020
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Kristen
Austin, TX8 contributions
Solo
This castle is a definite must if you're traveling anywhere nearby. It is totally volunteer run, and contrary to other reviews I've seen, ringing the doorbell brought someone right away. I was the only one there (it IS offseason) and the french guide was super friendly and full of information about the castle, and told a few ghost stories as well. I got total "beauty and the beast" castle vibes due to the state it's in, but that was not a bad thing and repairs are ongoing. It'll definitely be worth a second visit in a few years when they have more done!
Written 16 November 2019
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Hey Rodeo Brilliant. We are all glad you got in ... some others would say "the Gods were with you" but, in fact, like you say we do try our damndest to meet visitors and share their castle with them... we are their caretakers - your caretaker... Thanks so much for explaning that if we are not there at first "ring of the bell" we will get there..... visitors are known to have lassooed volunteers in the past ... THANK YOU from all here - see you again ... and we'll keep on it ... we promise to keep it original and prioritize the roof and rapid deployment to weak spots ... our motto "Courage to the wound flows"
Written 18 January 2020
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