Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard

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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. Before you visit Oughterard, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • OK you have to pay 10 euros per adult, but honestly it's well maintained and the idyllic site. Very well with the family.
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  • Some interesting history of England and Ireland............preserved tower and nice spot to relax. Not too much of the original work left but you certainly get the idea.  more »
  • you visit quickly because it is not a true Castle, but a fortified Tower. Entrance 5 euros I think adults. There is a beautiful lawn inside the walls and the tower can be visited in all his plans. No furniture.
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  • In very good condition compared to other Irish castles I have visited. Enjoyed our visit. Be aware entry payment is cash only (no cards accepted)
  • Great for photo opportunities. The castle itself offers a great view at the very top & features many ‘museum’-ish displays. The admission fees are cheap so if you live around Galway & need something to do over the weekend, this is a good place to go.
  • It's a very great example of a well-preserved classic Irish Watch Tower. However, for the fee they ask for at entry, it's quite underwhelming. Beautiful scenery around the fort and breathtaking views!
  • Great guides, fascinating history. Love bringing new customers there every week
  • Beautiful well maintained OPW historical site to visit. Excellent example of a traditional Irish tower house. Free parking, €5 per adult and €3 student rate. Small guide booklet just €0.50. Toilets on-site too.

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