The Ormond Castle


Ormond Castle is the best example of an Elizabethan Manor House in Ireland. It was built by Black Tom Butler, the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560s and was attached to an earlier Butler stronghold. Black Tom was a cousin, courtier and, reputedly, lover of Queen Elizabeth and built the house in anticipation of a visit by her. The fact that the house is unfortified i.e. without significant defences, and contains large windows and many ornate features symbolised the growing power and wealth. Closely integrated into the manor house are two 15th century towers. It is the country's only major unfortified dwelling from that turbulent period. The state rooms contain some of the finest decorative plasterwork in the country, including plasterwork portraits.

The castle was closed for extensive restoration work August 2014 to June 2017. The Castle re-opened its doors to the public on June 29, 2017

Great article in issue 6 of Heritage Ireland's Ezine by architect Flora O'Mahony on the recent work.

Tudor Manor House 2017

Photographer Pete Smith

Contact Details

Address: Castle Park, off Castle Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary  
Telephone No: +353 51 640787  
Fax No: +353 51 640787 
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Toilets, Public car /coach parking close to the site.

Opening Times
Daily 10.00 - 13.30 and from 14.00 - 18.00.  Average Length of Visit: 1 hour

Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00