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Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle

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4,478 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Beautiful Ireland
GoPlaces16926306555, Sep 2019
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The two day trips were perfect. The Coach Drivers were very professional, friendly and well humoured. The coach was clean and comfortable.
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Amazing Daytrip
Lina, Sep 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
It was a wonderful day trip to the Burren, including the Cliffs of Mother, Aillwee Cave and some photo stops. Our driver and guide John was really great - he gave a lot of interesting and sometimes funny information during the bus drive, so time was passing quickly during driving. If he was not speaking (what happened rarely) we listened to traditional Irish music - it was a great day!
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Cliffs of Moher
A_T, Aug 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
This was a great fun tour to experience. John was our tour guide and he had so much knowledge on everything along the route. The lunch stop was flawless, quick service and delicious options
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Amazing ,
Marie_Lee, Aug 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Tour guide very knowledgeable, such an amazing trip , definitely recommend it , Sunny weather also , had plenty of time for a lovely dinner ,
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Galway/Clare tour
Clodagh_E, Aug 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Perfect amount of time. Didn’t spend too much time in one place. The bus driver was lovely and got us around pretty fast. All in all a great tour. Would recommend.
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A Day of Western Ireland's Natural Beauty
Michael_S, Apr 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
I really enjoyed this tour, as it takes you on a scenic drive through some really beautiful landscapes in western Ireland. The bus is quite comfortable and the driver told us quite a bit about the areas we were driving through. The stops at Aillwee Cave and the Cliffs of Moher give you plenty of time to enjoy visit and learn about these natural wonders. At the stop in Doolin, we got to enjoy a reasonably priced lunch in a very cozy little pub.
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Perfect
Sarah_O, Mar 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Our tour guide was spectacular and could tell her truly enjoyed his job. The tour was great. Although the Cliffs were beautiful, it was great listening to all the interesting stories our tour guide told us about the different areas.
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Best day in Ireland
Mihai_A, Mar 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Thanks to our guide and the detailed information from the tour. Also he planned the trip according to weather and that is essential in Ireland
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Cliffs of Moher
Jim M, Dec 2019
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
We really enjoyed our tour of the Cliffs, the Burren, & the cave.The tour guide & driver, Martin, was very informative & funny. This was the best adventure of our trip to Ireland.
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Must do:
Navigate20598655624, Dec 2019
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Our driver John could not have been more knowledgeable or friendly. This trip is a crazy bargain for everything that you do. It's long but feels short because we were having so much fun. Perfectly timed out and executed. A must do trip if you're in Galway.
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Highly recommend
suzannerenggli, Nov 2019
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Very enjoyable tour - the weather was great and the cliffs were gorgeous. Viator rep was very helpful in booking this for us given what we were looking for.
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Amazing tour!
ryanking487, Nov 2019
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Amazing day trip from Galway! The guide was awesome, and the stop at Ailwee cave was an added bonus!

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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