Dundrum Castle History

Dundrum Castle is located in the town of Dundrum in County Down, Northern Ireland. It was constructed by John de Courcy, near the beginning of the 13th century, following his invasion of Ulster. The castle stands on the top of a rocky hill commanding fine views south over Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains, the lands west towards Slieve Croob and the plains of Lecale to the east. The Castle is a State Care Historic Monument in the townland of Dundrum, in Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area.

Dundrum Castle was first referenced in the mid-13th-century Chronicle of Mann, which mentions de Courcy’s unsuccessful attempt to siege “the castle of Rath” in 1205. The castle was captured by King John in 1210. Most of the second floor of this keep was rebuilt in the 15th century.

After 1660 the Blundells returned and built a gabled L-shaped mansion which was ruined by the time the property passed to the second Marquess of Downshire in the early 19th century.

Dundrum Castle was built on the location of a previous Celtic fortification. It saw plenty of battles all the way to the 17th century. Dundrum Castle is one of the more important medieval castles in Ireland.

Dundrum Castle is an important example of Norman architecture and is a regular destination for tourists and school children. The Castle is now part of the Game of Thrones Tour as some scenes were shot there to depict Winterfell.

Make sure to enjoy Dundrum Castle and the surrounding historical sites and landscapes for a full-on experience.


The Mourne Mountains

The stunning surroundings of the Mourne Mountains, near Dundrum Castle, were used on three different occasions as filming locations for Game of Thrones. In the Game of Thrones season one, the location was used to film the entry to Vaes Dothrak.

Vaes Dothrak is where the Dothraki leaders (khalasars) gather and meet to trade, but not to fight as it is considered t place of peace.

Vaes Dothrak is the only city in the Dothraki Sea that is located near the far northeastern edge of the region. The entrance to Vaes Dothrak is marked by two large statues of a pair of stallions.

In season three, the show moved a bit to the nearby Tollymore Forest to film Theon’s attempted escape from the torture he’d been suffering from at the hands of Ramsey Bolton. Ramsey holds Theon captive and tortures him mercilessly both physically and mentally; turning him into a completely broken man and renaming him “Reek”. Tollymore Forest Park appeared once again as the Haunted Forest, where the White Walkers first appeared to make their move southward attempting to rejoin the rest of the human world. It’s also where the Starks discover the direwolves that the Stark children chose to keep as pets. Leitrim Lodge, located down at the foothills of the Mournes was the location of north of Winterfell where Bran first meets Jojen and Meera.

The Mournes, near Dundrum Castle, are known to have inspired author CS Lewis to create the magical world of Narnia.

Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, County Down (close to Newcastle) - Amazing Views from this Norman Castle
Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, County Down (close to Newcastle) - Amazing Views from this Norman Castle

We were driving back from Newcastle and seen a sign for this castle - the lovely brown signpost directed us up a slight hill from the town of Dundrum - not too far from Belfast. Wow - we were blown away! What a find!! One of the best Norman Castles I have seen... loved it! :-)Perfect Norman Castle for kids - picnics, BBQ's and exploring the views are amazing. This Newcastle Castle in the town of Dundrum, Co. Down is a great stop. Added to our list of Castles in NI - if you enjoy Irish Castles and have visited other castles of Ireland then definitely add this one to your list - you will not be disappointed.Some consider it ruins but others - just like me - consider it a beautiful place that dates back to the 13th century and shows how people used to build magnificent buildings and castles, even though they are not standing until these days in the same old way. Dundrum Castle which is located above the town of Dundrum in county Down, Northern Ireland, is not the same Dundrum Castle that is also located in Dundrum but in Dublin.Back in the old days and when this castle was built, there was a reason behind building it, this reason is to control the access into Lecale from the west and the south; it stands on the top of a rocky hill to give good views of the south over Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains, as well as the west towards Slieve Croob and the plains of Lecale to the east.There isn't much to see about this castle, just walking around the ruins and checking how the whole thing used to look like from the outside without even being a complete thing these days - discovering the place was like an achievement for us and walking around it was like completing what we have started - it is really a discovery for us and it is really exciting to walk around those old ruins.


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