Burnchurch Castle

Map Reference: S476474 (2476, 1474)

The 15th century castle at Burnchurch was built by the Fitzgerald Family and continued to be occupied until the beginning of the 19th century.

It is six storeys high and has many chambers and passages, including a secret chamber which is reached by descending from the fourth floor. At this floor there is a very fine fireplace and a round chimney.

There are excellent crenellations and the narrow sides of the building are carried up a storey higher than the other sides to provide two long turrets.

The castle had a walled courtyard attached and the 12.5m high round turret of this survives.

The fireplace at the upper floor.

The mural stairway

The roof walk or allure.

The machicolation protecting the doorway in the east wall

View from the west

One of the upper windows in the west wall

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