Mallow Castle is one of the many National Monuments of Ireland. It stands on a large area of gardens and parkland. The castle sits in the urban area of Deerpark, Mallow in County Cork.
Two Castles and a Dragon
This 16th-century fortified house is overlooking the Blackwater River, one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in Ireland. Visitors are in for a treat as there are two building from which to choose, a 19th-century mansion and a 13th-century castle. There is also a huge stone dragon standing tall between the two buildings.
The Castle and the grounds have been in the possession of Cork County Council since 2011. It has stood in Mallow for over 800 years. While it is now a ruin, tourists and locals interested in the area’s heritage and genealogy can still visit the site. The castle ground is home to a magnificent herd of white fallow deer, which, according to British Ireland Castles, are descended from the deer given to the Castle by Queen Elizabeth 1st.
The Castle’s Architecture
Mallow Castle is a three-level rectangular strong house with wings that project from the centre of the northern and southern walls. As you step inside the castle a sharp acrid odour emanating from around the walls will envelop you. However, you will be in awe of this architecture which is somehow preserved in the present. The castle is built in an early Jacobean style. It features high gables and large windows with mullioned square heads and gun loops in the turrets.
When You Visit Mallow Castle
Visiting Mallow Castle must be on your bucket list when you’re around town. The place is serene and calm, a bit surprising as it sits in the heart of a bustling town. There is a huge walking ground and you can set up your picnic anywhere. There is a free entrance. And because we went there on a Saturday afternoon, there was free parking in a nearby carpark. You must not miss the white deer. They are a bit shy and will run away when you go near them. So, try to approach them slowly.