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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  • This is a wonderful castle to tour. They have worked so hard restoring to period. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a nice amount of time to look around each level. Well worth the... 
    This is a wonderful castle to tour. They have worked so hard restoring to period. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a nice amount of time to look around each level. Well worth the...  more »
  • This was the first stop on the tour of the lakes and the gap of dunloe and its a very nice place to visit just a short drive from the town centre. It is set by the main lake and the mountains are in.....  more
    This was the first stop on the tour of the lakes and the gap of dunloe and its a very nice place to visit just a short drive from the town centre. It is set by the main lake and the mountains are in.....  more »
  • The guide was brilliant very informative and encouraged the children to interact . All the staff were pleasent and helpful 
    The guide was brilliant very informative and encouraged the children to interact . All the staff were pleasent and helpful  more »
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  • I Couldn't feel any better. Felt closer to nature. The place is Surrounded by the lake which is so mesmerizing. Spotted many deers. Boat trip to the Ross Island was also amazing. Spectacular view to enjoy. I would recommend this to all.
  • Interesting visit. The tour didn’t take long - maybe 30 mins - but was booked up 90 minutes in advance. So best thing to do is as soon as you arrive, head straight to the pay desk and book yourself in. After that, you can wonder around and also read the information centre stuff before you start the tour.
  • Beautiful scenery. An absolute must when in Killarney. Not only is the castle stunning, but the view of the lake and the mountain tops are incredible. We saw some wild deer just running around, which apparently is quiet common. Lots of ducks and swans there too. There was a small little shed thing selling stuff like coffee and ice creams, but it was cash only so we couldn't get anything.. Great place though, kids love it too..
  • It was a good tour and tour guide was great. Let you see what it may have been like in a castle. Holding up well. Some pretty scenic photos outside
  • Wasn't impressed by the castle, I mean who gets turned on by some old dusty rock, however the forest tails behind the castle is where the gem of this location lies. Unmolested forest full of life and lovely trails to walk or run. Views by the water are great and there's no tourists there 🙂

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