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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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  • Medieval structures are fascinating how they can withstand the test of time. This is another great example. Didn't take long to walk through and is worth taking the time.  more »
  • Anne did a wonderful job explaining the history of the castle and Northern Ireland's history. It is amazingly restored so you can actually "feel" what it was like. Definitely worth the visit.  more »
  • This is a smaller site, but has some really note-worthy bits to it, too. The ruins of the Great Hall are about what one might expect, but in the restored part of the castle one can get a good sense of...  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.