Clifden Castle, Clifden

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Clifden Castle is a ruined manor house west of the town of Clifden in the Connemara region of County Galway, Ireland. It was built c. 1818 for John D'Arcy, the local landowner, in the Gothic Revival style. Uninhabited after 1894 it fell into disrepair. In 1935, ownership passed to a group of tenants, who were to own it jointly, and it quickly became a ruin.HistoryJohn D'Arcy, founder of Clifden, had this house constructed for himself and his family even while he was busy building up the town. The Castle dates from around 1818 and served as the main dwelling of the large D'Arcy family for the next decades. The land surrounding it was among the first drained and reclaimed in the Clifden area by D'Arcy.In 1839, John D'Arcy died and his oldest son, Hyacinth, inherited the estate. However, Hyacinth was not as adept as his father at running the family properties and at dealing with his tenants. More disastrously, in 1845 the famine struck. Hunger, starvation and fever incapacitated large numbers of people as the potato crop failed. In desperation, many emigrated. As a consequence, rent income of the D'Arcy's plunged. On 21 September 1846, Hyacinth D'Arcy's tenants gathered en masse on his front lawn, begging for work or food.In the end, the D'Arcy estate went bankrupt and Clifden was one of several D'Arcy properties put up for sale on 18 November 1850. Thomas and Charles Eyre, brothers from Bath, bought the Castle, most of the town and surrounding lands for 21,245 pounds. They had been the mortgagees of the estate since 1837, shortly before John D'Arcy's death.The Eyre family used the Castle as a holiday home. In the 1850s, a new roof was added and the facade altered to suit the taste of the new owners. Thomas Eyre eventually bought Charles' share and on 16 July 1864, two years before his own death, gave the Castle and the Clifden estates as a present to his nephew, John Joseph Eyre of Saint John's Wood, London.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It's not really a castle, but the ruins of a gothic manor house. It's easy to find - drive around the sky road until you see the crenellated gateway, then walk through the gateway and down the obvious...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This is a tricky one to find as there are no signposts to it, or even at its entrance. The car park is also very small and you could easily miss it. It's a long walk down to the ruins itself, easily 1...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We walked here from the car park a very rainy day. It is a small tractor trail and took max 10 min. A delightfully "old" "Castle" which is a ruin and has an interesting history from 1800 's. Very beautiful surroundings and had the weather been better had we spent more time and walked around and enjoyed the view of the sea. Located near Clifden, and along the way here are several beautiful houses and surroundings to enjoy.
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  • July 1, 2017
    My husband and I have used Google Maps and Trip Advisor to find various castles/ruins that are a bit off the map. We just visited this one today, and WOW, it was definitely worth it! It's definitely a "newer" castle--you can tell from the style and way it looks--but still really cool. You can actually walk around inside of it (unlike many of the other off-the-beaten-path towers we've come across). We loved it and would highly recommend it!
  • May 12, 2017
    Castle ruins with a beautiful view and free of charge! It was a nice 10 minute walk downhill on dirt road. Totally worth the drive out to Clifden!
  • April 9, 2017
    950m (0.6mi) walk down an Irish dirt road, to some nice views of a 200 year old castle.
  • January 7, 2017
    Beautiful place especially at sunset and a nice little geocache too
  • December 19, 2016
    Park your car outside the entrance and walk around 15 minutes to get the castle.

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Where to stay in Clifden

The authentic charms of Clifden are best experienced while staying in the center of this seaside town. Here you will find several places to spend the night, from upscale hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts. For a more typical Irish experience, opt for the latter. Backpackers generally head for the town's hostels, while travelers with a larger budget often stay at the 19th-century castle-turned-hotel. If price is not a concern, look into renting a traditional Irish home.
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