Ancient Castles, Abbeys and Relics in South East Ireland



Ducketts Grove castle in County Carlow
The area is rich in castles including:
  • Duckett's Grove near Carlow. Click for more photos of Ducketts Grove.
  • Kilkenny castle (1391), seat of the Butler family until the present century. Guided tours provided.
  • Granagh castle near Waterford, a picturesque ruin on the banks of the Suir river.
  • Duncannon fort (1588) built amid fears of the Spanish Armada. Recently renovated, guided tours and coffee shop.
Ancient Abbeys and Cathedrals also abound:
  • Duiske Abbey (Cistercian - pictured right) at Graignamanagh has been recently restored to its original grandeur. Follow this link for more information about Duiske Abbey .
  • Jerpoint Abbey (Cistercian) near Thomastown is said to be the finest monastic ruins of this order in Ireland
  • Dunbrody Abbey a picturesque ruin south of New Ross on the Ring of Hook drive. Adjacent to the abbey there is a maze, coffee shop and craft shop.
Duisk Abbey
Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, County Kilkenny

The Cistercian Abbey at Tintern (pictured left) has been partially restored by the office of Public Works and is set in magnificent grounds. It is located near to Wellingtonbridge in County Wexford about 25 minutes from the coachouse.

Click for more photos of Tintern Abbey

Irish High Crosses and graves:
These mostly date from the 8th & 9th century and can be found at Graignamanagh(in the grounds of Duiske Abbey), St. Mullins (pictured right) and Ullard, all within 15 minutes drive of the Coachouse
The cross at St. Mullins, County Carlow
Tomb at Knocktopher Abbey, County Kilkenny In the Abbey at Knocktopher, County Kilkenny is an interesting tomb, pictured right
Lighthouses:
The Hook, said to be the oldest lighthouse in the British Isles, is to be found at Hook Head (pictured left) a stunning seascape 35 minutes drive from the Coachouse on the "Ring of Hook" .
Hook Head lighthouse, County Wexford
Prehistoric sites:

The whole area is dotted with prehistoric forts, stone circles, dolmens and tombs. An Ordnance Survey map is an advantage when seeking these out, sheets 68 and 76 cover the area immediate to the Coachouse

stone circle at Tullahought, County Kilkenny

Stone Circle at Tullaught, County Kilkenny


Kilmogue Portal tomb, County Kilkenny Passage grave at Aheny, County Kilkenny
Kilmogue Portal tomb, County Kilkenny Passage grave at Aheny, County Kilkenny
More recent Historical interest:

Of more recent interest is the Kennedy Homestead, the birthplace of the famous presidential family, located just outside New Ross

The Dunbrody replica famine ship is moored on the Quays at New Ross.

Dunbrody replica famine ship

 


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