Castles & Ancient Sites in Northern Ireland
Belfast Castle, Northern IrelandBelfast Castle, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Castles & Ancient Settlements

Castles & Ancient Sites in Northern Ireland

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.

Northern Ireland Castles

We've picked out a selection of the most popular castles in Northern Ireland. Displaying Northern Ireland's ever changing landscape and history.

Carrickfergus Castle, County Antrim

Carrickfergus Castle

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim

Dunluce Castle

Dundrum Castle, County Down

Dundrum Castle

Belfast Castle, Northern Ireland

Belfast Castle

Audley's Castle, County Down, Northern Ireland

Audley's Castle

Kinbane Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Kinbane Castle

Portaferry Castle, County Down, Northern Ireland

Portaferry Castle

Dunseverick Castle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Dunseverick Castle

Jordan's Castle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Jordan's Castle

Northern Ireland Ancient Sites and Settlements

Ancient sites, settlements and monuments found in Northern Ireland.

Giant's Ring, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Giant's Ring

Mesolithic Site Mountsandel, County Derry, Northern Ireland

Mesolithic Site Mountsandel

Beaghmore Stone Circles, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Beaghmore Stone Circles