Things to Do

King John's Castle

Carlingford was first settled by the Vikings, and in the Middle Ages became an English stronghold under the protection of the now-ruined castle, which was built on a pinnacle in the 11th to 12th centuries to control the entrance to the lough. King John spent a couple of days here in 1210 en route to battle in Antrim.

It's closed to the public, but you can ask at the tourist office about free tours during Heritage Week

On the western side, the entrance gateway was built to allow only one horse and rider through at a time.



Opening Hours

Thursday 5pm

Friday 5pm 

Saturday 2pm 

Sunday 2pm 

Bank Holidays 2pm


Tel- 042 9373730


Nearby accommodation

Whitestown Cottage - 100 metres  airbnb.ie 

Carrs Cottage - 1 kilometre                            0864088576 / 0866064281

Roseanne’s Cottage - 1.2 kilometres  airbnb.ie

Grandas House - 1.2 kilometres              booking.com

The Cabin - 3.2 kilometres              airbnb.ie

Home in Carlingford - 4 kilometres          airbnb.com

Carlingford Glamping Hut - 4.6 kms        booking.com

Carlingford Cottage - 4.8 kilometres      airbnb.ie

Greenore Holiday Home - 5 kms           airbnb.ie

Mourneview B&B - 5.6 kilometres         booking.com0429373551

Four Seasons Hotel - 6.9 kilometres  4seasons.ie

Village Hotel - 7.3 kilometres              mckevitts.ie 

Tanglewood Loft - 29 kilometres           airbnb.ie

Parties in Lilys!

Why not hold your party/event here with us in Lily Finnegans!?

We can cater for the smallest of groups up to groups of 120+ in our Bar/Snug/Parlour or our covered Beer Garden.

We can cater for after wedding parties, birthday parties, fundraising events, any event really! 

We can supply via a caterer finger food, buffet lunches, cold meat salads and much more or we can supply an all you can eat BBQ ourselves. 

Live music can be provided on request. 

For more information contact us at lilyfinnegans@gmail.com or telephone 0429373730. 

Live Sport In Lilys

If it’s Football, Rugby, GAA, Boxing, Golf, etc we’ve got it covered! 

All major sporting events are shown live here in Lily Finnegans on our 90” HD Screen and numerous LED TV’s.

Email us at lilyfinnegans@gmail.com or call 0429373730 for more details on individual matches/events. 

Upcoming Live Music


Sat 22nd: BROTHER BOLD 9pm

Sun 23rd: Beer Garden Sunday with:                                             THE WILLIN’ FOOLS 6pm


Sun 30th: Beer Garden Sunday with:                                             THE STORMERS 6pm


Sat 6th: HENRY MAC 9pm

Sun 7th: Beer Garden Sunday with:                                             THE DECADES 6pm

Sat 13th: DONAL MC EVOY 9pm

Sun 14th: Beer Garden Sunday with:                                             THE URGE 6pm