Howth Castle lies close to the village of Howth, County Dublin in Ireland. It is the ancestral home of the line of the St Lawrence family (see: Earl of Howth) that died out in 1909. From 1425 to 1767 the title had been Lord Howth, holding the area since the Norman invasion of 1180. It is now held by their heirs, the Gaisford St. Lawrence family.
Since 1180 the St. Lawrence family have been the Lords of Howth. Howth Castle has stood on its present site for over seven hundred years, the original one, a timber structure, having been sited on Tower Hill, overlooking Balscadden Bay. The current building is not the original castle, which was on the high slopes by the village and the sea. The great English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens restyled a 14th-century castle built here, overlooking Ireland's Eye and the north Dublin coastline.
LegendA popular legend about the Castle concerns an incident that apparently occurred in 1576. During a trip from Dublin, the pirate Gráinne O'Malley attempted to pay a courtesy visit to the 8th Baron Howth. However, she was informed that the family was at dinner and the castle gates were closed against her. In retaliation, she abducted the grandson and heir, the 10th Baron. He was eventually released when a promise was given to keep the gates open to unexpected visitors, and to set an extra place at every meal. At Howth Castle today, this agreement is still honoured by the descendants of the Baron.
Use in FilmCastle Howth was depicted as the fictitious "Castle Haloran" from the 1963 Roger Corman and Francis Ford Coppola b-film Dementia 13 where it was the setting of numerous scenes.
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Howth Castle Reviews
Many complaints on Tripadvisor regarding not being able to go in to the castle... well... PEOPLE LIVE THERE. I wouldn't want anyone touring the inside of my house either on a daily basis. The fact..... more »
Beautiful castle. No need for a tour. Just go walk around the castle and take some photos while you're in Howth. Inside not open to the public. more »
Great history attached to this wonderful castle in Howth. Fantastic woods and walk through the brilliant area above the castle and super views from the top of the rock.well worth a visit.
Nice and interesting place. It’s sad that the Castle isn’t open for visiting. But still nice Castle and surroundings
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