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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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  • A quick visit is all it allows. There are two rooms that have been restored in style with period details.  more »
  • We arrived before the keeper. Thought it was a guided tour but it was a self guided. It was really neat. Some neat history behind it  more »
  • A hidden gem. This castle is a little off the beaten path , but very interesting. It was built in the 15th century. There are some tapestry hangings and castle models with explanation of the history o...  more »
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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.