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.
We've selected of the most popular castles in South East Ireland.
Explore the ancient sites, settlements and monuments of South East Ireland.