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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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  • We enjoyed staying at this hotel. People are so nice!! the rooms super elegant and clean. Quiet, great service. The castle is Beautiful!!. Enjoyed the breakfast and walking around the castle and the s...  more »
  • We went late in the day but so glad we did. The staff were so friendly and the castle was wonderful. Thank you.  more »
  • This castle is beautifully restored with works still ongoing. Situated in the middle of Donegal town it is well worth a visit. There were no guided tours when we visited but a printed information shee...  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.
  • The Donegul castle have a great history. Great view. But don't go down to the water, it give's nothing.
  • This is a great place to visit. Right on the corner of the diamond in donegal town. History of o donnell clan. Have your camera on the ready. Tours available
  • €5 entry fee. Get a nice view from across the road by the church :)
  • Love it. Great place to see.

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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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