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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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  • On the sky road the castle is not indicated, so pay close attention when you see on your left a feudal-style door in which you need to pass on foot to reach the Castle below. "Parking" (piece of land) is located in front of this door. The ride is nice and the lift not too difficult. The site is beautiful as left to abandonment where nature took over.
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  • Directions: Via Google maps, no street signs walk: 15 minutes. As already mentioned, the ruins from afar is a nice photo opportunity. Otherwise, she is depressed, unsecured and rubbishy. I wouldn't go in. It is not also a forever old ruins. The castle was built in 1812 and was inhabited until 1920 and forfeit since then.
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  • Fun to do and does not cost a lot of time limited distance. High road gives best view...........................
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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 950m (0.6mi) walk down an Irish dirt road, to some nice views of a 200 year old castle.
  • Beautiful place especially at sunset and a nice little geocache too
  • 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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