Portumna Castle & Gardens
PORTUMNA, COUNTY GALWAY
This great semi-fortified house at Portumna was built before 1618 by Richard de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. It was the main seat of this important Anglo-Norman family for over 200 years, until accidentally destroyed by fire in 1826. Restoration works are on-going. The ground floor of the house is now open to the public and houses an exhibition on the restoration works and family history. The three formal gardens through the north entrance now include the wonderfully restored 17th-century walled kitchen garden. These combine to give the visitor a true sense of the atmosphere of a unique 17th-century west of Ireland residence, of one of the leading 'Old English' magnates. Portumna Castle is surrounded by the towns' local attractions-Lough Derg, the river Shannon and Portumna Forest park, making the area an attractive destination for all the family.
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Virtual reality DVD presentation
- Opening Times: Open 6 Apr-18 Oct, daily 9.30-6, 19-31 Oct, weekends 9.30-5 (last admission 45mins before closing). Group tours Wed-Thu by prior booking
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About the area
Discover County Galway
County Galway on the west coast features Galway a very lively city, filled with shops, cafes and bars. Thanks to its university and the number of industries that have come to the town, it combines traditional appeal with modern-day attractions. It is also one of the places where you are likely to hear Irish spoken.
In July there’s the Galway International Arts Festival, and in the last two weeks of July or the first week in August, the Galway Races are on, so things can get very busy. Medieval Galway enjoyed great prosperity through trade with the rest of Ireland, Spain and beyond.
It all came to an end after the city was attacked by Oliver Cromwell in 1652, and again by King William III in 1691, but you can see evidence of this former wealth in the decoration of ancient doorways, window frames and walls. Rich merchants would employ the best stone-carvers to adorn their town houses with their coats of arms, and with grotesque sculptures and heraldic beasts.
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