Carlingford is located between Slieve Foy, Carlingford Lough and the Mourne mountains on the east coast of Ireland. Carlingford was raided by the Vikings in the 8th & 9th centuries and then the Normans in the 12th century. It is now a listed Medieval Heritage Town and has many historical buildings including King Johns' Castle (1210) on a high rock guarding the entrance to the harbour.
Taaffe's Castle (15th century) with its' crenellated battlements, murder holes, slit windows for archers and barrel vaulted basement is a fine example of a castlelated town house.
Other buildings worth a look are The Mint (established in 1467) and The Tholsel (or gate tower), a medieval customs barrier. The history of Carlingford can be studied in an exhibition at The Heritage Centre located in the tower of the original town wall. Nearby are the ruins of Carlingford Friary, a Dominican Friory founded in 1305.
Further afield the sites you can visit include Newgrange - the famous 3,000BC prehistoric burial chambers, Proleek Dolmen standing stones, the Ancient Hill of Tara - seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the site of the Battle of the Boyne, the spectacular Mountains of Mourne, Mellifont Abbey (1142) - first Cistercian monastery in Ireland and Trim Castle (1172) - largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.
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