Visiting Carlingford – history and sights

Taking Flight at the Domocian Friary, Carlingford, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Taking Flight at the Domocian Friary, Carlingford, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Tourism is blooming in Carlingford. This amazing location has intangible local heritage and is quite rich in culture and history. If you want to have a peak into medieval Ireland, Carlingford is the perfect place to look. The streets are made of cobblestone and filled with the finest dining places, designer shops and coffee houses.

You can walk in the footsteps of great Celtic warriors like Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Cú Chulainn. There are many fun and adventurous activities waiting for you here. Visit the castle of King John, the Tower house, the Dominican friary and other sights.

Castles

Every town with a major historical background has a castle or two in the area and Carlingford is no exception. Come and visit this lovely medieval settlement and enter the castle of King John built during the 12th century, which was the very first stone building in town. Supposedly King John of England during the year of 1210 stayed in castle for a few days. Later Taaffe’s Castle was built, during the 16th century, which is a tower house owned by Nicholas Taaffe, Earl of Carlingford. He was killed during a battle in 1690.

Castle, Carlingford, ©jodastephen/Flickr

Castle, Carlingford, ©jodastephen/Flickr

The Tholsel and the Mint

The Tholsel is one of the gates of Carlingford which survived over time. The tholsel was a tollgate which was used for tax collecting, as people had to pay tax on goods when they entered the town. Originally the building was supposed to have two storeys. This structure can supposedly be dated back to the late medieval age. The Mint is a stone structure which was built by a merchant in the 15th century and was used as a fortified tower house. The construction has three levels, charming limestone windows and decorated with Celtic elements (nods and heads).

Carlington Gate, ©jodastephen/Flickr

Carlington Gate, ©jodastephen/Flickr

Grange Church and the Dominican Friary

The Grange Parish church is a beautiful building built during 1762 in ‘barn style’. It is the one and only whitewashed church in Ireland and the earliest pre-emancipation church which is used still to this day in the Archdiocese of Armagh. The Dominican order has established their friary in 1305 under the patronage of the Earl of Ulster also known as Richard de Burgo. In 1530 the friary was dissolved by VIII Henry but during the 18th century the Dominicans have reoccupied it.

Taking Flight at the Domocian Friary, Carlingford, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Taking Flight at the Domocian Friary, Carlingford, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Fun in the sun – Templetown beach

Visit the beach of Templetown, which has the finest sand on the peninsula. Make it a day out and have a picnic with your friends and family.

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