Audleystown Castle

Tower house

Standing on a small hillock amid beautiful rural countryside, Audley's Castle offers superb views of Strangford Lough. Built in the mid-15th century, the castle is one of a series of tower houses erected along the Lecale coast. These include the tower houses at Portaferry, Strangford, Quoile, Washestown and Ardglass. It was modelled on the nearby Kilclief castle which had been built by The Bishop of Down earlier that century. It is a three storey building and is vaulted above the first floor. There are two flanking towers on the southeastern side of the castle connected by an arch at parapet level. This is also used as a machicolation. This is a design feature seen on other castles in Ireland, see Listowel in Kerry.

The ground floor is accessed through a small lobby that is protected with a murder-hole in the roof. There is a latrine chute present in the eastern tower. Originally the tower house stood in the northern corner of a bawn. The walls of the bawn, which were believed to have been built to 2.75 metres high, now remain to a height of about 0.5 metres. We believe the tower house is open to the public during the summer months.

Situated: From Downpatrick head northeast on the Strangford Road (A25) for about 8 kilometres. Then take slight left onto Audleystown Rd. After 3k park and walk through the gates on your left.

Discovery Map 21. J 5773 5061. Last visit July 2013.

Longitude: 5° 34' 19" W

Latitude: 54° 22' 47" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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