Sigginstown Castle

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In the News: We are proud to be featured in The View, an inspirational e-magazine published by Munster Joinery.

We have used their windows and doors in the Tower (the big glazed windows at the top), in our New Build, and a variety of windows and doors in the Big House.  They did a nice job covering our story in their magazine and some really spiffy photos!  Read the article here

Upcoming Events at Sigginstown Castle - join us!

2023 Tours Schedule 

Mar 25-26

Apr 1,2, 8-10 (Bank Holiday), 29-30

May 1 (May Day Holiday), 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28

June 9-11, 23-25, 30

July 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

Aug 4-7 (Monday Bank Holiday), 11-20 (heritage Week open every day), 25-27

Sept 1-3, 22-24, 29, 30

October onwards select days will be posted later in season

We are open most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the grounds open from 1-5 p.m. The guided tour of the tower will be at 1:30 and 3: 30 p.m. and lasts about 1- 1.5 hours. We will take you through all 6 levels from ground floor to top of parapet (weather permitting).  People do need to be able to climb the stairs, and there is a handrail on each side to help you, plus some seating at each level if you want or need to rest!

Cost: 8 Euros Adult, 6 Euros for Children/Students/Seniors  and groups of 6 people or more. We currently only take cash at the door and paying by credit card will be advertised later. 

Strawberry Raid II will be held June 1-5 and is hosted by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Shire of Dun in Mara.  This is our second medieval camping event where we host some wonderful activities and everyone is in medieval costume.  The S.C.A. invites new members - interested people can attend and participate in some activities - more information will be posted.

Stay tuned for additional events and experiences - If you would like to schedule a group tour or special event for 2023 please contact us!

See us on TV!

See our story of Sigginstown Castle with Hugh Wallace, Architect, as narrator and host.

On RTE One (Download the RTE Player or see on website in Ireland). 

Filmed by Animo TV over the last 3 years!

The Great House Revival, Season 3, Episode 6: Sigginstown Castle (Our Renovation Story)

Sun Article about the show

Irish Examiner Article about the show

If you live outside of Ireland and would like to see the show, please contact us!

2022 Update

We have made a huge amount of progress in the past year!

The Tower rooms are mostly complete and are painted and furnished - we imagine they might have been like this in the 16th century. We have started official tours in April which continue into September.

The Big House has been roofed, windows and doors, insulation and internal floors. The internal finishes are almost done! This will be part of our residence, and also is the means to access to the Tower. 

The New Build is essentially complete, although we continue to tweak this area. We have been living in this part, basically two open plan floors, for the past three years, and use it to accommodate our guests and volunteers. 

Still remaining to fix is the Agricultural Building - a couple of partial walls and foundation attached to the Big House and New Build...

Welcome to Sigginstown...

In May of 2016, after many years of dreaming and a few years of looking, we purchased property in County Wexford, near the sunny south-east coast of Ireland.  

Whereas most people would prefer a nice, clean, modern house, we have taken the road less traveled. Our new place has no roof, windows, doors, electricity or plumbing, but it does have parapets, watchtower, arrow-slits, garderobes, portcullis, fireplaces, spiral staircase, vault and a machicolation! 

That's right - we bought a castle. 
If the word castle makes you think of large luxurious palaces, forget that! Instead think ruin and budget!  There are large castles in Ireland, and then there are "tower houses" of various sizes. This is a smaller example of the latter - a primitive structure with an attached house that was intended for defense against whoever was unfriendly at the time. It would have housed a family, probably some animals, and a few servants. There are about two thousand tower-houses in Ireland, in all sorts of conditions - ranging from crumbled to the ground, to restored and in-between.  

We are currently living in the property and plan to use it for community and historical events.  As medieval re-enactors, we have long been attracted to historical buildings and are    excited to see this property have life and energy in it once again. 

Already this journey has taken several years - it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, and we have enjoyed having others come along and share in the experience. This website is intended to tell that story and illustrate how one building can be used for many different projects and collaborative learning.

We're on an adventure here: outside our comfort zone and with challenges ahead - we are looking forward to all of it!