This imposing structure stands out as you approach the village of Killyleagh in Co Down, N Ireland.
This part of N Ireland is worth exploring, even on a damp and dreary day like today.
One is not allowed past the front entrance, but when I was taking this photo I did hear some children playing in the castle grounds.
I should imagine it is a rather interesting place to grow up
Killyleagh Castle was described by Harold Nicholson over a century ago as"..pricking castellated ears above the smoke of of its own village and towering like some chateau of the Loire above the tides of Strangford Lough." It could be said that nothing much has changed. The village of Killyleagh grew up around a fortified tower, built in the 12th century by the Norman knight, John de Courcy, conqueror of Ulster. Today, it is the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland. The castle has self-catering apartments within the castle’s towers, provide visitors with a unique holiday experience. Hans Sloan, 17th century founder of the British Museum and Kew Gardens was born in a house close by and received his early education in the castle.
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