Conservation & Listed Buildings
Blarney Castle, County Cork
Blarney Castle is the Irish Republic’s most significant visitor attraction outside Dublin. The castle keep dates back to 1446 (see main photo above). Horsley Townsend Architects were commissioned to address the supporting visitor experience such as parking, restaurant, shop, historic former railway station, and links to Blarney village.
The substantial conversion, refurbishment and extension of the Grade 1 Listed former coaching inn The Talbot Hotel is a building of National Importance and comprises a range of 10 buildings; the earliest of which dates back to the 16th Century.
It is reputed to incorporate the staircase from Fotheringay Castle; down which, Mary Queen of Scott’s was led to her execution. Horsley Townsend’s proposals received considerable praise from English Heritage. The project dovetails the commercial requirements of the food and beverage activities with sound conservation principles.