Skip the lines and hoopla to tour this FREE castle between Waterford and Cobh. It is off the beaten path, but a gem. The day we arrived, we had a personal tour by an archeaologist/OPW employee. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. The grounds are beautiful with a knot garden within the walls. While the renovation hasn't been completed, what is done is wonderful. Barryscourt is part of the OPW Heritage Site program, which I highly recommend buying a pass if you are touring the country with time in Dublin. It's a great money saver on other sites. We also toured Ross Castle in Killarney and the two presentations gave us a wonderful insight into castle life.
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