Donegal Castle, Donegal Town

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. Put Donegal Castle and other Donegal Town attractions into our Donegal Town trip planning tool , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This is a very characterful restoration of the original castle dating from the 1400s and worth visiting if/when you are in Donegal town.  more »
  • Did not go in because you can see almost all by walking around. There is a fee to enter. The pictures from the out side show you all you need to know.  more »
  • Small charming castle, the visit is done quickly, there are 5 rooms and ruins. The price is related to the visit. Very good restoration.
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  • Take the time to visit this castle. It's in ruins but they are in the process to getting it renovated. It has a interesting history and to walk around the grounds was enjoyable as well as the town with the shops and pubs. They dont take credit cards so make sure you have Euros.
  • Great place located right in the middle of the town. It has lovely staff and you are able to see most of the intact castle. There is also lots of information inside explaining many of the different parts of the castle. It's also quite cheap.
  • In a lovely and easy location right in the centre of Donegal town on a bend in the rubber Eske. Not a huge amount to see in there (probably only takes about 45 minutes to an hour to look around) but some very interesting history and at only €5 each for an adult ticket it's still good value for money. Definitely worth a visit if you're nearby!
  • We stopped by as it is a fully restored castle plus well kept ruins. Disappointed by less than helpful staff who shooed us out of the visitor center. however, the actual castle and it's history is incredible.
  • Located in the city centre this old Irish castle is worth a visit. While some areas are a ruin you can go inside and see quite a bit of the main castle. There have tours of the site. No cafe but is near options in the Town itself. Quite cheap to enter and easy to get around.
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