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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. 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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  • Pure and utter natural beauty mixed with the magnificent restored ross castle towering above you. Make sure to Walk or cycle the copper mines trail and visiting inishfallon via boat is an absolute mus...  more »
  • We saw this at the end of our boat tour. The area was in great shape, but you can't go in the castle. The grounds were very nice.  more »
  • It was late and we didn't get a tour. We were disappointed, we followed the sign for entrance but it to us out back to the lake. We are sorry we did not to get the tour. They said the King practiced b...  more »
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  • The castle isn't as big or well furnished as Bunratty, but it's much more reasonably priced at 4€ for adults and free of charge for children under 5. The tour was fantastic! Let me say that again, the tour was nothing short of remarkably well done. The knowledge of our guide was incredible, with great information about how the tower house was constructed, used, and restored. I regretted that we couldn't get to the upper battlements, but understand that it simply isn't safe. Don't miss this one if you're interested in the local history or castles overall.
  • Quite a beautiful place on good weather conditions. The castle tour for 4€ is worth a visit. You hear quite alot from the history. The castle it self is not very interesting Inside. Most rooms are empty, won't. See more then on the pictures.
  • Beautiful view and amazing structure. This castle is very impressive to see in person. They have carriages for rent as well. I definitely want to come back here and recommend this area because its cloce to so many other attractions like Torc Waterfall and Muckross house and Abbey.
  • We didn't actually have time to look round the castle because we were on an organised coach trip and we had taken a jaunty car ride to the castle where we were then catching a boat for a cruise on the lake but to access the boat you have to walk through part of the castle which is absolutely stunning and reminds me very much of Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland! It looks magnificent close up but just as stunning from across the lake!
  • Located in Killarney National Park. Beautiful lake views with lots of ducks. Very calm surrounded with nature.