Tower houses were Middle Ages era construction. They were used both for defensive reasons and as dwellings. Many "castles" in Ireland are from the Middle Ages (5th-15th centuries). Below are some "castles" and tower houses that I visited in Ireland. All of these photos are copyrighted to me 2004.
|Kilkenney Castle - Yes, I think this is a real castle rather than a tower house.|
|Blarney Castle (Tower House) - Kissed the Blarney Stone!|
|Ross Castle (Tower House) near Kilarney|
|Bunratty Castle (Tower House) near Limerick|