Roscommon Castle Ruins

Roscommon Castle

After recently moving to Roscommon, thought we should get out and explore. Me and my son set of for wander round the new neighborhood. And what we came across was the ruins of the Roscommon Castle.

Set about 2 minute drive from the town centre and with a lovely area for walking and children’s playground we wandered round until we came to the castle.

A Brief History Of The Castle

Information courtesy of Visit Roscommon

“Now in ruins, this dramatic and imposing 13th-century Norman castle was once in the hands of Hugh O’Connor, King of Connaught. It features a quadrangular plan with rounded bastions at the corners and a double-towered entrance gate.

Roscommon Castle, a 13th-century Norman structure, was built in 1269 by Robert de Ufford, Justiciar of Ireland, on lands which were taken from an Augustinian priory.

The castle was laid siege by the Connacht King Aodh O’Connor in 1272. Eight years on, it was once more in the possession of the English garrison and fully restored. By the year 1340, the O’Connors had regained possession and held it until 1569, when it then fell to Sir Henry Sidney, the Lord Deputy”

Our Visit To The Castle

The Roscommon Castle ruins is free to visit and is its surrounding walking tracks.

Roscommon Castle

The castle from across the park looks beautiful and as you can see the structure is largely still well visible.

Walkway into Roscommon Castle

The entrance to the castle through the stone arch.

Inside Roscommon castle

Once inside the ruins become more visible and you can really see where it all once stood

Stairwell at Roscommon Castle

There are stairwells going up, but they are gated shut due to safety. And the obvious ruins of the site.

Roscommon Castle ruins

One of my favourite shots from the back of the castle. Luckily I managed to capture the glaring sunlight through the windows and gate.

Roscommon Castle

Another shit of one of the corners of the castle again showing the ruins and what once was a castle.

The Park

Duck pond

Adjacent to the castle is a lake situated perfectly in the centre of the park. Full of ducks, which we now regularly enjoy going to with the kids to feed them.

Duck pond

And again the pond this time they see us with food. And come running.

Park walk

Walking tracks around the pond to enjoy and to stretch the legs. There is also a outer walking track for longer walks.

Also situated in this park is a good quality playground

This place is great way to kill an hour or so in the morning and would be a perfect picnic spot in the summer.

Thanks for stopping by its been a pleasure.

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22 thoughts on “Roscommon Castle Ruins

  1. The ruins look like a fun place to go exploring! And it really is true that it’s the free exhibits that are the sweetest; glad you had fun spending time within your “backyard” of the country!

  2. I love visiting places like this. Can you imagine what it was really like to live there when it was whole, both the good and the bad? It blows my mind.

  3. Love the photos you took! Certainly a good place for walks or spend time. Thanks for the history. I’m wondering how the beautiful the castle’s interior during the glory days!

  4. Absolutely love those castles in Ireland!! We visited Ireland a few years ago and we loved it there!! Can’t wait to go back! Pictures are lovely as well!!

  5. Roscommon Castle ruins still look strong. I bet this castle must be gorgeous when it was alive. I would like to visit this castle someday. Thank you for sharing this information with me.

  6. Wow, it’s actually amazing how well preserved the Roscommon Castle is! Your photos are really stunning! I hope I will be able one day to visit this place! Thanks for this post!

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