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Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Hear great stories in an intimate atmosphere at Aughnanure Castle. The 16th-century fortress was originally built and owned by a famous lord family, the O'Flahertys, until it was captured by the region's president. The family eventually regained its ancestral home, only to lose it again. Today it is a state-run facility. At the entrance you'll receive an informational brochure to help you on your self-guided tour. Look for the plaques throughout the castle to discover interesting facts and stories about its old inhabitants. You won't be overrun with crowds in this secluded attraction. Take a look at our Oughterard itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Aughnanure Castle and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I visited the castle with my elderly parents. The trip was well worth it. Friendly staff and a lovely driv down a winding road to reach it. The river adds character, thank you 
  • We were driving from Galway to Connemara and saw the sign to the Castle. So pleased we stopped as the Tower House is not on the tourist bus trail which made for a very relaxing visit. Loved the very p...  read more »
  • Loved this stop. We enjoyed the history and the ability to explore the castle. You can climb up to almost the top of the tower. The grounds were lovely. This place is not handicapped-accessible. 
  • I went there 3 years ago but my dad is a decedent from the O'Flahertys. it was so amazing for my family and I to go through Aughnanure. For em the best part was seeing how much is still left and where my dad comes from. Also I'm from California and the oldest thing here is really Sutters Fort from the 1840's. I highly recommend going here especially if you know your a descendant from the O'Flahertys.
  • Beautiful and evocative place; avoid the weekends if you want a more peaceful visit
  • Lovely castle to visit, nicely restored and very easy to imagine life back in the day. Entrance is €4, not free ;)
  • Great castle. Kind of hard to get to, make sure you follow the signs. Great and informative signs as well.
  • A very peaceful castle in a very peaceful area. The inside has been well renovated even though most of it is gone obviously. It's interesting as well to think about the water level at the time and today, gives a totally different perspective to the place.
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