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Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle

Free admission

The Basics

Visitors can explore the castle’s modest interior and climb to the top of the 75-foot (22-meter) tower for daytime views over Galway Bay, or purchase tickets for a twice-nightly medieval banquet, which includes a 4-course candlelit dinner complete with Celtic music, mead, and storytelling. The castle is also seen on guided day tours from Galway and Dublin that typically also visit other area attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and the Aillwee Cave, as well as parts of the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
$46.72 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A good day trip
Nice day spent. You get to see the things quite well, with the history and context provided. Money and time well spent The tour guide Phil was a nice chap, knowledgeable and witty, helpful and pleasant. Mike, the driver was also nice.
Peter_V, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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A good day trip
Peter_V, Aug 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Nice day spent. You get to see the things quite well, with the history and context provided. Money and time well spent The tour guide Phil was a nice chap, knowledgeable and witty, helpful and pleasant. Mike, the driver was also nice.
star-5
Great bang for your buck!
Veronica_C, Aug 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
John was a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and efficient. I highly recommend this tour. You get a lot of information and to see and visit several locations. Great bang for your buck!
star-5
Fantastic Trip for a Once in a Lifetime Moment!
Edward_C, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
John was our driver and he was fantastic! He gave interesting stories and facts about not only the stops on the trip, but every town and village along the way (he also played great traditional Irish music). My sister and her boyfriend got engaged at the Cliffs of Moher and John made a point throughout the trip back to make them feel special after he found out about it. All in all and great trip and I would definitely recommend it.
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Stunning trip!
Sara_H, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
My husband and I did this tour to The Cliffs of Moher and other places. We thoroughly enjoyed Gerry’s local knowledge of the areas we drove through. It certainly made the trip worthwhile and the Cluffs were stunning.
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Fantastic day trip for first time visitors!
Paul_B, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
First time visitors to Ireland and this trip was excellent: saw so many beautiful areas and Phil was a wonderful guide, helping us understand history, culture, local legends and fun stories that made the day not only interesting but fun! And Seamus is a world-class bus driver - no small compliment for narrow Irish roads! A memorable day.
star-5
Day well spent
Allan_F, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Great scenery and a well run tour. Very convenient and personable. Striking scenery and offered sights well worth visiting.
star-5
Amazing tour of the best...
Timothy_R, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Amazing tour of the best spots! Tour guide was great - very informative, friendly and entertaining!!
star-5
A wonderful tour
Jessica_S, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
We had a wonderful time on this tour. John was amazing, very informative and helpful. We all learned so much while enjoying the beautiful scenery. This was such a stress-free way of checking off some must see stops on our Irish vacation. Thanks
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Wonderful!
Alicia_S, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Everything was wonderful! The cliffs were amazing as well as the burren! Our guide was great & gave us a little extra time when possible! Definitely a must do tour!
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Amazing
Robert_G, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The cliffs were wonderful but I have to say the information that our driver, John, provided to and from the cliffs was amazing. Learned a lot from him.
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Great experience!
Simone_L, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Our tour guide John from Lally Coaches was a wonderful guide. He made our day very informative and fun. John recommended lunch in Doolins at the hotel and it was delicious. Great day!
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Perfect day trip from Galway
Lea_R, Jul 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Our tour guide John was fantastic, informative and efficient! This tour is very well structured and takes you to all the must see spots on the coast.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The castle is not wheelchair accessible.

  • The roof terrace is small and accessible only via a narrow spiral staircase that may not be suitable for those who may get claustrophobic.

  • It’s best to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven surfaces.

  • Banquet experiences must be booked in advance.

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How to Get There

Dunguaire Castle is located on the southeastern tip of Galway Bay, about half a mile (900 meters) north of the town of Kinvara. Parking is available across the street. The easiest way to get there is via guided tour, with most departing from central locations in Dublin or Galway, and some included hotel pickup and drop-off.

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When to Get There

The castle is open from April to mid-September from 10am to 4pm. Arrive early in the morning to see the castle at its quietest. Medieval banquets take place twice nightly, at 5:30pm and 8:45pm, and last about two hours and 15 minutes.

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Tips for Photographing Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire is often touted as the most photographed castle in Ireland. With its fabulous setting on the edge of Galway Bay, it’s not hard to see why so many have pointed their lenses in its direction. To get the perfect shot, check out the Galway Bay tide times in advance and schedule your visit for when the tide is in so you can capture the castle’s reflection in the water below.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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