Dungaire Castle, Kinvara

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Dunguaire Castle (Irish: Dún Guaire) is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland, near Kinvara (also spelled Kinvarra). The name derives from the Dun of King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht. The castle's 75-foot (23 m) tower and its defensive wall have been restored, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer.


The castle's slates are from an old school in Kinvara.
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  • Parking was easy to find within a few minutes walk to the castle. The castle itself is in good condition and is so very stereotypical of what we expected to see driving in Western Ireland. Well worth....  more »
  • Enjoyed walking the grounds and visiting this beautiful place in Kinvara, Ireland. It’s just so much fun to imagine the lives of the people who lived here hundreds of years ago. Just so magical!!!  more »
  • If you find yourself travelling the Wild Atlantic in Co.Galway, you are sure to come across Dungaire Castle, it's well worth stopping to visit, you can walk around the castle, go inside, and if you...  more »
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  • Small fortified structure with a good degree of preservation. Good for some suggestive photos on the bay in front of it. The internal museum is quite expensive considering that the visit cloud be very short. Better if visited in the early morning or late afternoon when the tide is higb
  • Nice castle to visit. It's set up to look a bit like it may have in the 1800s. Really well done. The tour is €7.20 per adult if purchased online, but €8 if purchased in person. There's also two gift shops on site.
  • Beautiful views! The top deck to go around the castle is VERY narrow but worth a look to see across Kinvara and to Galway like this. Photos taken at low tide. Meal inside is an option for those interested. You have to book in advance I believe
  • Incredible castle set on the water. The views from the top are truly breathtaking and the castle itself has some very interesting architectural features to it. There is a path that walks around the outside that, while quite steep at times, made for an interesting perspective as to the structures defense. This path is not recommended for those who have difficulty with steep and slippery terrain as falling off is not hard if you lose your footing. They host a medieval dinner here, and while I was unable to attend I did see the hall in which they host it and I'm quite sorry to have missed such an interesting opportunity. Of the castles I've seen on this trip it is probably my favorite.
  • Was okay, quiet, not a lot going on. Tour expensive for what it was. Usual tourist type souvenir shops included. Silver jewellery also with on site craftsman. No real chat or interaction with the staff which was disappointing.

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