Dundrum castle is a Norman Castle in the town of Dundrum outside Newcastle on the Belfast road. Dundrum Northern Ireland has seen plenty of activity in its years – there is a known failed siege in 1205 – but it was captured by King John in 1210 and has had improvements and extensions through its different owners times. It is a stop off on some Game of Thrones tours now and it is an excellent place to spend half a day and have a picnic.
First of all, people should not get confused between Dundrum Castle in Northern Ireland – the one in our visit – and Dundrum Castle in County Dublin. Dundrum Castle in Northern Ireland is situated above the town of Dundrum, County Down, Northern Ireland.
This castle was constructed sometime near the beginning of the 13th century by John de Courcy, following his invasion of Ulster. Since it was built in a time of invasions and wars, Dundrum Castle was intended to be on a rocky hill in order to provide good views south over Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains, and west towards Slieve Croob and the plains of the Lecale to the east; it was actually built in order to control the access into Lecale from the west and south.
There is a long history behind Dundrum Castle and those who were controlling it. After John de Courcy, Hugh de Lacy strengthened the castle with a massive round keep – which stood at least three storeys high – which later on became very popular. Later in 1210, the castle was captured by King John who in 1260 added a gatehouse that is composed of two square towers on the south east side of the enclosure.
After that time, Dundrum Castle was then owned by different people through out its journey and now it is open for the public who could come inside and enjoy knowing more about this beautiful castle and at the same time enjoy the scenery from up there – it is definitely one of the castles in Northern Ireland that one should visit.
There are different places in Northern Ireland that were used for taking scenes related to the Game of Thrones movie series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COUaQZJ8-kI) and Dundrum Castle was one of them since it appeared in one scene. Nowadays, there are tourists – who happen to be big fans of Game of Thrones – who plan to travel to Northern Ireland in order to visit those different locations related to Game of Thrones movie series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmAKfkn11Qc).
In addition to Dundrum Castle, there are other castles in Northern Ireland which could be visited, such as Dunluce Castle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdTqJPL-i5Y), Enniskillen Castle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tWlyXiv3X4), Carrickfergus Castle, Belfast Castle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izfYckbUiKE), Monea Castle, Dunseverick Castle, Harry Avery’s Castle, Audley’s Castle, Kinbane Castle, Tully Castle, and others which we ourselves might still know nothing about or which we haven’t stopped by yet. Choosing which one to visit will depend on two important factors; first of all, you should choose those with a rich history and those which are considered the most famous; secondly, you should choose those which will be close to where you are going to be because you might end up choosing some which are far away and which you will not have the time to go and check them up all by yourself.
There are lots of different things that one could do and lots of attractions to see in Northern Ireland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1OekTvb1Nw), but again, it is important to choose the places according to where you are heading and where you are staying. Since you will be visiting Dundrum Castle in Northern Ireland then there are some suggestions out there which we should recommend, such as Kilbroney Park (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaSIk8rdWCo), Tollymore Forest Park (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2HsWSVLzGI), the Newcastle Library, Murlough National Nature Reserve, Mount Panther Farm Park, Castlewellan Forest Park (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6vriZR9pmI), as well as other places which are a little bit farther than those but which people could actually visit while being around Dundrum Castle – a good plan will be with exactly looking at the attractions and their locations on the map is important to know how much time you will need to reach your destinations and get back home once again.
Northern Ireland is filled with lots of historical monuments and buildings which one should visit in addition to those natural views and destinations that could easily take the breath away – even we, Irish people, feel amazed whenever we come across any of these things and places, we could definitely say that we are proud of our country
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