Tintern Abbey, County Wexford Tintern Abbey, County Wexford

South East Ireland's Castles & Ancient Settlements

Castles & Ancient Sites in South East Ireland

The ancient port towns of Wexford and Waterford were the entry points of the Normans on their numerous invasions of Ireland. The most deadly of these invasions took place, under the command of Lord Strongbow, in 1170. Having conquered Waterford he would go on to take over the province of Leinster. The following year, King Henry of England also landed in Waterford, setting in motion, what would become, 800 years of British rule in Ireland.

Many of the castles, mainly built by the Normans and British, along with the ancient settlements, many of which pre-date the Norman invasions, survive today.

On this page, we invite you to explore the ancient structures that form an integral part of Ireland's South East.

Irish Castles & Settlements

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South East Ireland Castles

We've selected of the most popular castles in South East Ireland.

Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle

Burnchurch Castle, County Kilkenny

Burnchurch Castle

Lismore Castle, County Waterford

Lismore Castle

 Enniscorthy Castle, County Wexford

Enniscorthy Castle

 Ferrycarrig Castle, County Wexford

Ferrycarrig Castle

South East Ireland Ancient Sites and Settlements

Explore the ancient sites, settlements and monuments of South East Ireland.

Jerpoint Abbey, County Kilkenny

Jerpoint Abbey

Black Abbey, County Kilkenny

Black Abbey

Reginald's Tower, County Waterford

Reginald's Tower