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Huntington Castle & Gardens, Carlow

Located in Clonegal, sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Ireland, Huntington Castle was an early O’Kavanagh stronghold. In the 17th century it was largely destroyed. The famous Esmonde family rebuilt it in 1625 and they later added a number of additional features to the building. There is an ancient vine in the Conservatory, a Temple to the Goddess Isis in the basement; indeed the entire building is filled with family memorabilia and features, which makes for a fascinating visit.

Out of doors, the gardens have been extensively restored and feature some items of great interest, chief among these are the remarkable yew tree avenue, a lime tree walk and water features, innovative for their day, in the extensive pleasure grounds.

Address:   Clonegal, Co. Carlow

Huntington Castle & Gardens Map



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