Castle Roche

Castle Roche, Dundalk: Address, Castle Roche Reviews: 4.5/5

Castle Roche
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Zuzanna L
Dundalk, Ireland22 contributions
Jul 2021
Really nice place for a bike trip. Really easy way from Dundalk. Friendly for unexpierenced bikers. Perfect for start of the season ;) Beautiful ruins, surrounded by green fields.
Good place for a picnic also! Silent area close to nature
Written 22 January 2022
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David D
730 contributions
Oct 2020
This castle was built in the 1200’s by the de Verdun family. It is currently in ruins, but practically all of the surrounding walls, and the imposing gate house still stand.

Entrance is free, but parking can be tricky, as one must park on a narrow lane adjoining the field containing the castle. Entrance is through the stile by the side of the gate, but there are no paths and the long grass can be wet, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. The site is known, but not well-frequented by tourists, so it can often be viewed alone.

There is a legend that the owner of the castle, Rohesia de Verdun, promised to marry the architect and then pushed him to his death from a window. This is almost certainly untrue, but it typifies the rough and ready nature of the early Norman nobility of Ireland quite well.

Inside the castle are the remains of halls, storerooms, guardhouses and wells. The castle is not the largest or the best preserved in Ireland, but it is one of the most picturesque and it is very definitely worth a visit.
Written 4 October 2020
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reivine04
Dublin, Ireland31 contributions
Dec 2019
We went around afternoon at first we are kind of thinking if our way wasn't correct but it was. Roads are tight and very countryside or farmland so you can just park on the gate and walk through the castle. There's a lot of sheep poops when we're there but other than that Castle was spectacular. With a view from the hills and farms. Very interesting and relaxing.
Written 5 January 2020
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mgromit
Deventer, The Netherlands116 contributions
Oct 2019
Nice old walls and towers. Beautiful landscape and fun to look around for half an hour. Bring clean shoes because the sheep droppings are everywhere!. You can park your car up the road, 5 min walk.
Written 5 November 2019
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Damien F
4 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Beautiful old norman castle, right at the edge of the pale...legend has it the man who designed and over saw the building of it was thrown of the top of it after its completion!
Written 6 September 2019
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Dre G
Lansdale, PA34 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Family trip to Ireland. Found out about this place searching the internet for castles. Found it with our gps. Had to find a pullover spot and climb over a gate. Sheep and hills and a castle. Spend awhile wandering and in awe as an American we don’t have castle. Met a nice local Ashlin visiting with her nieces who recommended going to Carlingford for lunch. Absolute gem and beautiful views.
Written 12 August 2019
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Nancy L
Orlando, FL6,181 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Happened on this amazing find. You can wander around with no one else in sight. Beautiful green surrounds the ruins. Don’t miss this one. ☘️
Written 13 July 2019
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Helaine H
Ontario113 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Accessible from the road by a farmers gate, parking not really available however if you pull to the side of the road you will be fine. Unwritten rule of Irish castles...climb a fence and access if they have not posted ‘do not enter signs. Most places don’t care if you go on their land as long as you are respectful. I highly recommend this location as an introduction to castle ruins. It is peaceful and lovely.
Written 12 July 2019
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Sean W
Dundalk, Ireland44 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
On a very impressive site with great views over the Louth Armagh area and beyond. Abandoned castle intended to defend the area but failed in it porous when Scottish King Bruce of Scotland Ransacked and Burned Dundalk and Ardee including a church where people took refuge he continued to Limerick but met his end and is buried nearby in Fauchard the home of the real Irish Patron Saint Bridgit. No parking or formal access it's just a big abandoned Castel in a hilly field
Written 3 July 2019
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Brian C
51 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Visited Roche Castle today. About a 10 minute drive from the centre of Dundalk. There is no official parking area. We just parked the car by the side of road, next to a farm gate...

There were sheep in the field but they moved away once we went closer. The ruins themselves are really good. Inside the castle in the right is a short description about the castle.

Good idea to take spare shoes as there is some sheep droppings in the field. (More so for children than adults it might annoy them).

Approaching the castle there is a great view as it sits on top of a hill.
Written 25 June 2019
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