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Donegal Castle, Donegal Town
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Take a guided or self-guided tour of furnished and restored Donegal Castle to follow the history of the O'Donnell clan and other owners of the land from the 1470s to the present. First built in 1474 on the Eske River, the castle was burned in the early 1600s by the O'Donnells as they were fleeing after the Nine Years War. The castle and lands were given to Basile Brooke, an English Captain, who rebuilt and extensively expanded the buildings after the war. Examine the fine Persian rugs and French tapestries that adorn walls and floors, and read the information panels distributed throughout the castle, which explain the history and significance of the site. Make Donegal Castle part of your personalized Donegal Town itinerary using our Donegal Town itinerary maker.
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  • Donegal landscape invites you to see his castle. Do not enter but outside it is quite interesting and superbly accompanied by the river.
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  • Called here recently and found it to be nothing special and lacked a presence which I would normally expect to find in a "castle" We walked around ourselves as we chose not to take the tour but we did...  more »
  • Enjoyed visiting the castle. The inside is very well done with interesting displays and gives some great details about the history of the area. Staff was friendly. Had a restroom which was convenient. 
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  • Well worth the price of entry. Very interesting and well preserved, the seat carved out of a tree stump is lovely
  • Lovely castle OPW site in the heart of donegal town.... Not expensive. . Well worth a visit..
  • Beautifully restored roof and dining room areas show castle life. History sheets help explain the story. Great stop.
  • A rather small castle, semi rebuilt lately, but tour guide makes up for it. You get to know a lot of history of the area. Would recomend if you are in Donegal.
  • Not a huge castle, but still a castle. Easy to walk about compared to others. Self-guided tour with information posted.