I was invited to wander around Leixlip Castle and take photos. These are photos of the castle from the outside.
This story began three weeks ago.
If you would like to read the whole story of my search for Leixlip Castle, begin with my first visit to Leixlip.
If you want to see all of the photos of Leixlip Castle, begin earlier in the day with Looking for Leixlip Castle.
Here is a Ground-Plan of Leixlip Castle.
“The Gothic windows with which the immensely thick walls have been pierced appear to date from the middle of the eighteenth century, probably from the time of the second William Conolly, Their solid proportions suit the thick walls of the castle better than the more delicate Gothic of the 1780s. The pattern of their diamond panes may be compared to an original window of the Batty Langley lodge at Castletown which was probably built at much the same time. Perhaps the windows at Leixlip were put in by Primate Stone or, at least, for his tenure. One of the fortunate results of the many different lettings is that Leixlip has escaped being much altered since about 1750. The battlements, which do not appear in eighteenth-century engravings, were however added by a tenant, probably the Hon. George Cavendish, in 1837. So the wheel had come full circle – the castle had turned into a house, and now it was transformed into a castle once again.”
Irish Houses & Castles by Desmond Guinness and William Ryan
The round tower is Norman. The straight wall is Medieval. The curved, castellated wall is 18th century.