Mountsandel is the oldest known settlement of man in Ireland, dating back to between 7900 and 7600 BC. Ulster was invaded by Normans I 1171 and fell under their rule for the following 150 years. Following the plantation of thousands of English and Scottish people into Northern Ireland by King James l, in 1610, plantation houses and castles began to appear across the landscape. The best example of a castle from this period, that still stands today, is Dunluce Castle in County Antrim.
On this page you can find the castles and ancient settlements that tell the story of Northern Ireland's past.
We've picked out a selection of the most popular castles in Northern Ireland. Displaying Northern Ireland's ever changing landscape and history.
Ancient sites, settlements and monuments found in Northern Ireland.