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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  • Great little castle however there's not much to see and I felt it was a bit overpriced .our visit with bored children lasted fifteen minutes .would have liked a bit more info about the families who li...  more »
  • It's not a huge castle, but it's very well kept and really interesting to visit. It's in the middle of Donegal, so you can combine a visit to the castle to a walk around the center  more »
  • We paid to walk around the castle. We have been to numerous castles on our vacation here and this isn't high on the list but it was interesting and worth a look.  more »
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  • Only a few Euros and you can walk around the renovated castle and learn the local history. Also has one of the oldest religious manuscripts in Ireland. You get a pamphlet to read from as you walk around the site. Very small, only takes about 25-30 minutes.
  • Need to pay a few € for entry but I'd recommend checking it out. Will help you understand the history of the region, if you want to know. Self guided tour using a laminated 2 page print in your own language. Would say it's a 30/45-minute adventure.
  • Didn't know until we got there that they were closed for a weather warning (even though out was only cold out with blue skies!)... So we didn't get to go in or do the tour, but it was at least nice to see from outside. Cool moat.
  • Another great castle of Ireland. Donegal is an adorable town in the north. Great tourist destination.
  • Fantastic history, great open castle makes you imagine what it must have been like as an invading army hundreds of years ago. Very impressive and tells much about how the Irish in Donegal came to be as they are!
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