Newtown Castle is a beautifully restored 16th century cylindrical fortified tower house – one of only few such buildings in Ireland. Essentially built as a dwelling with an eye to defense, its tall slender profile reflects the vertical arrangement of the living quarters, characteristic of such buildings. The first three floors exhibit many defensive features such as narrow slit windows, gun loops and murder holes, while around the steeply pitched slate roof is a parapet walk with defended projections or machcoulis. The battlements and roof have been reconstructed from the remaining corbels and allure wall.
Students are welcome to use the Castle to either create or display their work, be it installations, performances, video or sound works. The castle is also regularly used a venue for story-telling sessions, receptions, talks and it also plays host to the College’s annual conferring ceremony.
Newtown Castle is open to the public free of charge.
Monday to Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturdays in May and June: 10 am – 5 pm
Heritage Week: August 20th -28th: 10 am – 5 pm
For more information and Special Event Bookings please visit: http://www.newtowncastle.com/