Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Askeaton Castle & Friary

Monday, June 10, 2019

Askeaton Castle & Friary

If you drive through Ireland, you'll notice that the country is insanely visitor friendly. We had everything that we wanted to see and do mapped out months before our trip, but we still ended up with some down time most days we were there. If we had extra time between our plotted out stops, we noticed that the major roads had signage indicating that the next exit would take us to nearby castles and abbeys. I didn't have a stop planned for Askeaton, Ireland, but while castle hopping we decided to follow the signs and make a detour since we were ahead of schedule. We arrived at the Askeaton Castle fairly quickly (sometimes it does take a bit of a drive to reach the castles once you exit), found parking on the street nearby, and walked over to have a peek. Our first impression: there wasn't much to look at.


Askeaton Castle

Some of the off the beaten path castles and abbeys in Ireland were in ruins, but we were still able to walk up and explore them. However, we were stopped by a construction worker who politely let us know that the Askeaton Castle was undergoing major construction and wasn't open for touring. We thanked him for letting us know, then proceeded to just stay on the side walk so I could try to grab a few photos before we left.

Askeaton Castle
Askeaton Castle

When the same construction worker noticed I had my bulky camera out and was snapping photos, he came back out of the gated off area and said, "I see you're snapping photos. If you'd like, come on in and get a closer look, but watch your step!" I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you will not find a more welcoming people than the Irish. They definitely know how to be hospitable!

Askeaton Castle

Jason and the girls stayed towards the front and chatted with the friendly Irishman, while I walked a few yards ahead and took a few snaps. I didn't want to overstep my welcome, so I didn't go far in, but still managed to see most of the work that's been done so far.

Askeaton Castle

Askeaton Castle

Askeaton Castle

"You were quick with your pictures. Are you sure you got enough? Did you take some pictures of the windows up there?" I assured him I did and thanked him for giving us the privilege to have a closer look. As we were leaving, he made sure to stop us again to insist that we drive a block up the road to see the abbey. "You absolutely must visit the abbey up the road before you leave. Head on up this road, make a left, and there you are! But be sure to lock up your doors before you leave your car behind. We've had some vandals running around here and I'd hate for anything to happen to it." We chatted a few more minutes and he reminded us 2 more times to lock up the car and beware of vandals before we left. He was such a lovely gentleman!

Askeaton Friary

We arrived at the Askeaton Friary within 2 minutes, and oh, what a lovely Friary it was!

Askeaton Friary

The very first thing we spotted was a beautiful horse just standing in a field of wildflowers next to the abbey.


I was slapped with an overwhelming feeling of Ireland's magic then and there. I mean, what screams fairy tale more than Ireland, abbeys, and horses?

Askeaton Friary
Askeaton Friary Horse


Askeaton Friary was founded in 1389, but a good bit of it was still standing. I'm not sure if you can tour inside the Friary since all of the doors were barred and locked shut. However, we were still able to walk the grounds and soak in all of its beauty.

Askeaton Friary

Askeaton Friary

Askeaton Friary

Askeaton Friary

There were no other people milling around, so we had the whole place all to ourselves (and thankfully didn't run into any vandals lol). We spent about 20 minutes walking the grounds before heading out. Once you are back near the road, you can look out over the water and get a lovely view of the castle again.

Askeaton Castle

So, my tip for first time travelers to Ireland would be to schedule some time in your travel itinerary to do a little detouring. We never would have stopped in Askeaton during our travels there, but I'm so happy we decided to make a snap decision to veer off course. Askeaton was so charming and I have some really amazing memories of our unplanned stop to the town.


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Do you always stick to your travel itinerary, or do you like to detour off the plans to try to find unexpected magic on your journey?



27 comments:

  1. You really did that angle with the flower magnificently! And the photo with the horse is also surreal!
    Dahlink, we need to buy ourselves a castle in Ireland! Preferably with ghosts!

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    1. I don't think you or I could managed climbing castle stairs. Those suckers are small to step on and steep to climb. However, I seriously dream of owning a little cottage by the ocean in Ireland some day. Preferably with lots of wildflowers growing in my yard and sheep roaming the land.

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  2. Oh wow, I love places like this one full of history and simply stunning☺

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    1. Thank you! It really was an incredible place to visit for a bit.

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  3. I don't travel but seeing a castle or what's left of one would be interesting.

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    1. For those who don't travel, thankfully there's those that post their stories online for the rest of us to see. There are so many countries I want to visit but will probably never get to go to in this lifetime, so I love scanning travel blogs to at least live vicariously through them for a bit :)

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  4. That is purely amazing. My family and I love visiting castles when we travel. There's such a feeling of ages lost and time past.

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  5. Beautiful photos. I'd love to visit.
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    1. I hope you do some day. Ireland is definitely a country one should experience at least once in their lifetime!

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  6. Askeaton Castle & Friary looks so amazing! I would like to visit them soon. Great photos! Very enticing!

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  7. Annemarie LeBlancJune 12, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    How beautiful this is! I have always dreamed of visiting Ireland. I hope someday I will. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.

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  8. These are such neat photos. I love the architecture of the buildings and those flowers are just perfect! I would love to visit this one day.

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  9. This is a great post! If I'm ever around I will totally go check it out, I love history and it would be a great time.

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  10. That looks like an awesome castle! I would love to see a castle in real life someday.

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  11. This looks striaght out of a magazine! What a magical destination!

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  12. I love the photos and the scenic view of the place. I would definitely check this place out.

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  13. Tiffany La Forge-GrauJune 13, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Wow, what an amazing place. I would really like to spend some time there with my family!

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  14. I would love some more photos. I am obsessed with castles.

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  15. Wow, such great shots. The horse ones really look mystical. Great of him to go out of his way to let you in and get a few extra shots. Never know where a detour may take one. Sometimes better than what has planned. As long as those vandals don't strike.

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  16. I loooove how friendly the people seem! The fact that they wanted to make sure your pictures were good!

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  17. Those horse photos are absolutely stunning!

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  18. I'm glad that I decided to work backwards through your posts to catch up, Theresa! Your photos are wonderful, and the closeup of the horse in the field and the abbey is spectacular. Perhaps my favorite photo of yours ever. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Louise! It's one of my favorites from the whole trip :)

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