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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  • We didn't get to see inside Ross castle but we had a fabulous walk in the woods surrounding Ross castle. It's all very scenic but it could do with better signposting for the intrepid walkers  more »
  • Took in hte castle as part of an extended walking weeeknd in Kilarney National Park. Its well maintained and and adds a touch of history to a walk. The walk was excellent !  more »
  • Had a beautiful day trip here to visit this castle. Stunning location and a beautiful park. All the staff and our tour guide were very friendly and full of information about the history etc...  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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