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Where to stay to visit castles-Bunratty/Trim/Blarney/Cahir?

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Where to stay to visit castles-Bunratty/Trim/Blarney/Cahir?

We plan to visit Ireland next year and we would like to see Bunratty, Trim, Blarney, and Cahir Castles. Is there a central place that we can stay and take day trips to see each of these castles? We will have a 10 year old with us so we do not want to have hours in the car travelling to each castle but then we do not want to have to pack up and move every night. Any suggestions would be extremely helpful. Thank you!

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1. Re: Where to stay to visit castles-Bunratty/Trim/Blarney/Cahir?

** " Is there a central place that we can stay and take day trips to see each of these castles?" **

Not really, unless you want to spend hours in the car each day - and from my experience with my own children, that's no fun at all! I think you'll find that you need to stay in 2/3 places in Ireland if you wish to see the afore-mentioned castles and maybe some other places of interest too.

If you're flying in or out of Dublin, then Trim can be visited as a day-excursion from the city, or you could start/end your visit to Ireland at Trim, as it's not too far from the airport.

Ideally, if you could fly into Shannon and out Dublin (or vice versa) then you could visit Bunratty and Trim quite easily: Bunratty is only 10 minutes drive from Shannon.

If you take Shannon as your starting point, you could visit Bunratty, maybe spend a couple of nights in Clare, as there's so much to see in this beautiful county:





then travel down towards Cork in order to see Blarney Castle. You might also wish to visit Cobh if you have any interest in the Titanic:




Then up to Kilkenny, stopping at Cahir and possibly Cashel:





Kilkenny is a lovely medieval city:



we stayed at Lawcus Farm, which is in beautiful countryside a short distance from the city. My two children Loved staying there and want to go back:


Before travelling up to Dublin to see the city sights and Trim. Also of historical interest and nearby (ie north of Dublin):


If you're visiting lots of heritage sites, it will probably be worthwhile purchasing the heritage card:


How long are you planning to spend in Ireland?

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2. Re: Where to stay to visit castles-Bunratty/Trim/Blarney/Cahir?

Having returned recently from Ireland, and having visited 3 of the castles you mention.... Bunratty is interesting and quite close to Shannon Airport, so if you are flying, in or out, it's an easy trip, also your 10 y.o might enjoy seeing the grounds which are set up like a village from the past. To get to Cahir is a bit of a drive, but might I also suggest that the Rock of Cashel is literally a 30 minute drive from Cahir and worth seeing. You could possibily spend the night in Kilkenny, see the castle there, and it's a sweet town, then go to Trim the following day. We stayed across the street at the Trim Hotel. We found it quite nice, and about $85-95 per night. If you do stay there, ask for a balcony room, as you can stand on your balcony and Trim castle is right in front of you.

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