Swords Castle, Swords

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Swords Castle is an early medieval castle located in Swords, Dublin. Originally built for the Archbishops of Dublin in the early 13th century near the Ward River, some of the castle estate had fallen into disrepair by the 14th and 15th centuries. At least partially occupied through the 16th and 17th centuries, the castle was used as a place of rendezvous by Anglo-Irish Catholic families during the 1641 Rebellion. The site was afforded protection as a National Monument and placed under the guardianship of the Office of Public Works in the early 20th century. As of the late 20th and early 21st century, the site was subject to a program of "long term phased restoration", and is partially opened for tours. The site is listed on Fingal County Council's Record of Protected Structures.
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  • Great spot to visit when in swords, especially with the walk around the top of the castle walls. Great that's its free and then you can walk in the little park beside it and get a pastry in the... 
    Great spot to visit when in swords, especially with the walk around the top of the castle walls. Great that's its free and then you can walk in the little park beside it and get a pastry in the...  more »
  • Stumbled upon the absolute gem of a place. The gentleman at the tourist office was so friendly. Was there with my husband and 14 year old son and we loved it. Spotlessly clean and the little church... 
    Stumbled upon the absolute gem of a place. The gentleman at the tourist office was so friendly. Was there with my husband and 14 year old son and we loved it. Spotlessly clean and the little church...  more »
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  • Very helpful employee, extremely kind. Nice little castle with free admission. Limited things to see, but right in the city center and a good little stop. Park on the streets nearby, but watch out for the double yellow lines.
  • Swords castle is a real gem. They have spent over a decade restoring the castle and it has really made a difference to Swords Village. Take a walk in the castle and then go out into the park beside it. It's really nice there and we'll looked after. If you visit Swords the castle and the park are not to be missed.

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