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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  • I visited this castle which was lovely but think it was a bit expensive to just walk around. The whole town of Donegal is heaped in history but think it's off putting if I was there as a family to pay...  more »
  • Think about it. This castle has been around since 1474. The floors and arches of the castle's keep are original. It was donated to the then British State in 1898 but it wasn't until the late 1990s tha...  more »
  • Interesting castle , good restoration , about 30 minutes of a tour . Right in the middle of the town  more »
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  • Loved this castle tour. It was self-guided, but there was plenty of information all over. Super-tiny "visitor's center" where we paid and got a flyer we had to leave behind, but still very informative and friendly. The castle itself is well-kept and the attached "house" is a ruin, but it looks like they might restore it, too. Very cool place.
  • Definitely worth a look but they need to improve parking around it badly!
  • Enjoyed a tour of the castle, on a Free First Wednesday. On the first Wed of each month heritage sites operated by the Office of Public Works offer free admission and tours (subject to availability).
  • A very interesting place being restored now...great tour.
  • A very beautiful village. Deserves a visit

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Where to stay in Donegal Town

The tourist center of Ireland's northernemost region, Donegal Town boasts a number of hotels, hostels, and comfortable accommodations. The lodging here makes it a viable base for discovering the rugged wilderness of the county's coastline. Though there aren't many luxury options in the region, affordable hotels and traditional bed and breakfasts are plentiful in Donegal. Locals recommend staying close to the center of town, unless you want to upgrade to a more indulgent option in Lough Eske, a few kilometers away.
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