Ross Castle, Killarney

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Allegedly haunted by medieval ghosts, Ross Castle sits on the edge of Lough Leane, one of three interlinked lakes within the country's most popular national park. Built in the 15th century by the region's ruling O'Donoghue clan, the castle was among the last places in Ireland to succumb to the forces of Oliver Cromwell, who occupied the country in 1650. The castle's cunning defensive features include a spiral staircase designed with each step a different height, which helped trip up would-be attackers for over a century. You can see the unusual staircase and rooms filled with 17th century oak furniture by guided tour only, so be sure to book your tickets well in advance. A visit to Ross Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Killarney trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Great castle to visit on the shore of the lake. You have to pre-book to see the inside as you have to take a guided tour so we just strolled around the outside and then walked the 5km loop around the....  more »
  • We were only able to view the castle from the outside. You must book in advance for a tour of the inside. Well worth the short visit. You can rent a horse and buggy for a lakeside trip or rent a...  more »
  • Rented a row boat on the lake for €15 for 1 hour lovely experience saw swans , ducks and beautiful yellow lily plants , plenty of weddings going on getting their photographs taken . Parking , shop...  more »
  • Magic place, well worth a visit. Several informative plaques re local history. Free car park.Take a boat ride from the pier and look out for a white tailed eagle on one of the islands. You will feel better when you dock again, guaranteed!
  • The castle and the landscape around it were very good. Its important to know that you can only visit the castle with an English Guided Tour, not by your own. Our guide Claudia was more than excellent. The tour is 5€ for adults, 4€ for seniors and 3€ for children and students.
  • Nice place to stop and learn about some of the areas history. The castle is a tour only to see but is only 5 euro. Small castle and the tour, which is very informative, should only take no more then 30min, does not need to be 45min long
  • The tour of Ross Castle was excellent. Our guide was engaging, had a good sense of humour, and really brought some perspective of how the castle was used at different points in history. Especially for the price (it was relatively inexpensive), I'd definitely recommend it.
  • Good tour. Cafe not so good. Great views over the lake. Worth an hours visit if you're in the area. Not enough Parking but only a problem on busy days.

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