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Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Dunguaire Castle is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland, near Kinvarra (also spelled Kinvara). The name derives from the Dun of King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht. The castle's 75-foot tower and its defensive wall have been restored, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer.HistoryThe 19th century Gaelic scholar John O'Donovan states in his Ordnance Survey letters for County Galway and his book The Genealogies, Tribes and Customs of the Hy-Fiachrach that Dunguaire was built by the Ó hEidhin clan, chiefs of Coill Ua bhFiachrach, the district around Kinvara, and also of Uí Fiachrach Aidhne an area coextensive with the diocese of Kilmacduagh covering the part of county County Galway between The Burren and Galway Bay to the west and Slieve Aughty to the east.
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  • We were heading to Galway and Kinvara was more or less on the way. A good opportunity to get some pics of the Dunguaire Castle. It's easy to spot and parking is right across the street (free). There a...  read more »
  • A friend strongly recommended attending the dinner banquet so I purchased tickets for myself and my wife at ~$50 each. I hesitated at the price but took the "might as well do it while I'm here" approa...  read more »
  • This pretty little castle sits perched above a bog and was a just-right start to our drive from Shannon to Galway. Parking is a little tricky, since the signs aren't very clear (and watch out for cars...  read more »
  • Very neat castle on the Galway Bay with some beautiful views of the bay and surrounding countryside. What makes this castle interesting is each floor, which has its own unique characteristics. A tight spiral staircase takes you up each level. There are also interesting stories about the occupants of the castle as late as the mid-twentieth century. You can even go outside at the top level for some magnificent views. There is not much parking on the site, but plenty of parking along the roadside. We did not have time to partake the Dungaire Castle Banquet which sounds very entertaining although a bit pricey.
  • A pretty neat castle - though it was really a very nice farmhouse. Costs a bit to go up, but definitely worth it. They did a great job in making it interesting.
  • This is an awesome example of a tower house or castle. It seems beautifully restored and serves as an excellent photo spot for your trip to Ireland!
  • It's a nice enough castle to take a picture of but inside there's a souvenir shop and a small craft shop. Didn't think it was worth the 6 Euro admission to see further. Didn't go to the banquet.
  • Nice castle with great scenery. Tour is not worth 6 euros for the inside.
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