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Ross Castle, Killarney

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web
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. Plan your visit to Ross Castle and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Killarney itinerary maker.
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  • I visited Ross castle / Ross loch / Ross village with my husband and son both named Ross. They loved the name connection. The visit includes time to look at displays explaining the history of the cast...  read more »
  • Ross Castle has nice grounds, and you can walk around and see it in less than an hour. If you have yet to see a castle, then go and enjoy. 
  • I wish we would've taken the offered carriage rides and gotten a better understanding of the castle. The views were great and the kids loved feeding the swans and ducks. There is a decent amount of pa...  read more »
  • Ross Castle was our favorite castle tour of the trip. Our guide was thoroughly knowledgeable about the castle and its history. She even grew up playing in the ruined castle as a child as the father of her childhood best friend and neighbor was in charge of the restoration project that began nearly 40 years ago. We teared up hearing how much the castle meant to her and to Ireland's history. You have to visit if you're in Kilarney NP.
  • Pretty small castle that's not in great shape, but the setting is very pretty. It's worth a visit if you're in Killarney. The ride/walk through the national forest is worthwhile as well.
  • Beautiful location on the lake. Visits are guided only. Free parking and tea room (this latter is mostly closed...)
  • Wonderful place and the great atmosphere, we enjoyed
  • Very nice grounds and castle. Photography inside in forbidden.
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