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Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

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87 Dunluce Rd., Bushmills, County Antrim, Belfast

The Basics

The cliffside Dunluce Castle features on the itinerary of many round-trip day tours from Belfast and Dublin. Combine it with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, or take aGame of Thrones tour to discover the show’s many filming locations throughout Northern Ireland. If you have more time and a passion for the great outdoors, discover the ruins and the rest of the picturesque coastline on a comprehensive multi-day walking tour of the region.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • This is a must forGame of Thrones fans, as well as anyone interested in Irish history and legends.

  • The castle is perched on top of a cliff above the sea, so children should be kept away from the edge.

  • Bring a raincoat and an umbrella, as the weather can be brisk and the ruins provide minimal protection.

  • The site has limited wheelchair access.

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How to Get There

The castle is best reached by road, with most tours offering round-trip transfer to the rural location. Otherwise, visitors can take a train to Portrush or Coleraine, then finish the journey by bus. There is some parking available on-site.

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When to Get There

The castle is open daily. While autumn and winter tend to bring harsher weather, their clear days offer a stunning early sunset and atmospheric photo opportunities. Summer months bring longer opening hours and less exposure to winds and rain.

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Ghosts of Dunluce Castle

With a curious history, including a burnt-out village and rumors of a kitchen full of staff that fell into the sea, Dunluce Castle has its fair share of ghost stories. A popular site with paranormal enthusiasts, the grounds are said to be haunted by a mysterious maiden who calls out on the winds for the love she lost at sea.

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