|Location||Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland (Google Maps)|
|Open for Visitors||Yes|
|Owned by||Roger Hall|
|Official Website||Narrow Water Castle|
|Rooms Available||Yes (Weddings, Accommodation, Events)|
A beautiful setting overlooking the Carlingford Bay and Warrenpoint, Narrow Water Castle is a majestic sight. It is a 16th-century tower house near Warrenpoint in County Down Bank. It is one of the many historical monuments of the country and is primarily visited.
History of Narrow Water Castle
Initially, the structure that we see today is replacing a tower house and bawn built at Narrow Water by the Magennis family in the 16th century. Narrow Water Castle is the private home of the Wall family. The castle was significantly damaged during the Irish rebellion of 1641. Therefore, it was sold at a low price to the Hall family in 1670. The Hall family ordered the reconstruction of the castle in 1816. The construction was undertaken by Thomas Duff, a well-known Newry architect. He also designed the Cathedrals in Newry, Armagh, and Dundalk.
The replacement of the castle that we see today was an “Elizabethan revival style” mansion named the “Narrow Water Castle” in the early 19th century. The Elizabethan castle was built just alongside the existing house and was completed in 1836. The original 16h century castle wasn’t left to ruin; instead, it was handed over to the State in 1956. The Hall family occupied the current castle as their private residence. The mansion that we see today is of the 19th century and remains in the care of the Hall family.
The castle is set in an idyllic setting overlooking Carlingford Bay and Warrenpoint and has a heavenly ambience. The passage into the castle is a beautiful serpentine driveway filled with greenery and sunshine. The Elizabethan interiors will leave you awestruck as you enter into it. The castle authorities don’t offer a guided tour. Still, you are free to look in places that interest you and are open to visitors. Not just the interiors of the castle, but the exteriors consisting of the endless opportunities to stroll through the picturesque landscaped gardens, farmland, and forests are marvellous.
The castle also offers luxurious 5-star accommodation in its private estate. The accommodation provides apartments to its guests that open into an elegant open plan, living room, and dining room with open fire. The interiors also consist of antique pieces of furniture to describe the stories of the past. The castle is especially famous for hosting royal weddings. The venue offers a “Great Hall’, vaulted cellars, and grand wood-panelled rooms furnished with original antiques for your wedding celebration. The garden is also available if you plan to host a bigger wedding or more significant celebration.
The Woman in White– The movie was filmed in 2018 at the Blackwater park of Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK.
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