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Dunluce Castle, Portrush
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Experience medieval history on the cliffs of the Antrim coast at Dunluce Castle. Dating as far back as the 13th century, the now-ruined castle represents the rich history of Northern Ireland. Tour the ruins of the great hall to imagine how it must have looked in the past, or climb the cliff-top towers for impressive views of the coastline. Grab an audio-visual guide at the entrance to view animations of the castle’s structures rebuilt and hear information on the castle’s long history. Kids will love the audio treasure hunt, which leads them on a search for artifacts throughout the castle grounds. With our international travel planner, Portrush attractions like Dunluce Castle can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • By speaking in the guides expect a castle and not a crash because large part already destroyed, but there is still a great Castle, beautiful and located on the edge of a cliff. This suffering some maintenance work.
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  • Very nice set of buildings, crumbling, but having well kept their implementation. Too bad, audio-guides were unavailable, but we visited with a somewhat brief instructions in french. It takes an effort of imagination to re-create the Organization places. In work for a part. Beautiful setting overlooking the sea, explanatory panels, well illustrated and teaching, but in English. Small archaeological museum very well done (in English too).
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  • Took my nephew who was visiting from Australia around the North coast to see all the sights. Admission charge far to expensive with no concessions for pensioners,would certainly not visit again as its...  more »
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  • Definitely a must-visit in Northern Ireland. A very dramatic castle in the edge of a cliff. The scenery is amazing and the ruined castle itself is also very nice. If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, you'll be interested in the fact that right beside this castle is the cave where lady Melissandra gave birth... It's just such a cool place.
  • A bit underwhelming to be honest, though maybe that was just how I experienced it during that cold morning, after seeing so many impressive castles along my trip. The best way to view this castle is either side along the road, from afar. When inside the castle, you don't get the impressive view of seeing it perched along the tip of the coast.
  • Be sure to ask the local guides about the stories of the castle. They will surprise and delight you!
  • I visited Dunluce Castle for the first time yesterday and what an great Castle it was! You can get some brilliant views of the castle if you walk down towards the first set of steps down at the bottom of the grass!
  • Dunluce Castle is a bit of an odd mishmash of historical periods and purposes, however it's in a stunning location with a lot of beautiful aspects to explore. If you're able, be sure to walk down the steps below the castle to check out the cave under the rock outcropping that was used as a port. If you buy an OPW pass in the Republic of Ireland, there is no extra charge for admittance to Dunluce (or Carrickfurgus).