Unless you grew up in Europe, castles may seem like the stuff of legends, fairy tales and Walt Disney World. Fortunately, these structures that serve as the setting for our favorite childhood movies are inspired by real places, many of which are still standing hundreds or even thousands of years after they were built. Constructed by royals, noblemen, warriors and chiefs, castles were designed to protect occupants from enemy invaders, many of whom were determined to scale even the strongest fortifications in their quest to conquer enemy lands.
In some parts of the world, like Ireland, castles are such a familiar sight that it would take you a lifetime to tour them all ... so it pays to be picky and squeeze in tours of the very best stone structures during your vacation in the Emerald Isle — but where to start? Fortunately, you don't have to research each one of the 4,000 or so Irish castles on your own, because we've got you covered with this quiz! Answer these questions before you book your flight and we'll guide you toward the best castle to visit based on your interests, itinerary and practical details like tickets and tours.