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. Using our online itinerary creator, Portrush attractions like Dunluce Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This was so beautiful. They views from this castle are outstanding. I hope everyone gets a chance to visit.. I hope to visit again...  more »
  • one of the landmarks which would be regarded as a must see if travelling the Antrim Coast, Make sure you take a camera, better photos can be taken from road but nowhere to park.  more »
  • This castle is a real mixture of time periods and has an interesting history. The free guide has information about each part of the castle and there are information boards around too. It's right on th...  more »
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  • A wonderful castle. One of the best a cross Ireland. The price is reasonable and you can have a self guided tour both with brochures or with the app. Highly recommended.
  • Another great example of a castle up north. Plenty to see and do here too with an amazing cafe in the carpark to take advantage of too, note they don't take card but will accept either euro or sterling. The visitor center for Dunluce is modern with an indoor screening room that plays a video showing the history. Archeology and architecture of the castle. When heading to the actual castle itself it looks like it was preserved really well or restored recently. Most of the structure is still standing with his the raised floors, non-stone floors and decorations missing
  • This place was fantastic! A must and family friendly. It's a ruined castle with enough structure to allow your imagination to rebuild it, but with enough lost over time to generate a great sense of mystery. The view over the sea is perfect, and the staff are friendly. It's pretty well untouched or reconstructed which i really liked. I suggest this to anyone. A highlight of my trip.
  • Amazing castle! It has wonderful ocean views. If you go to the very end of the castle, and look left through the window, you can see a limestone arch in the coastline. It's a beautiful view! My wife and I spent hours here and had a great time chatting with Michael, one of the workers. They were all super nice! Castle was left in the original state, not rebuilt, so there's definitely a ruins feeling here. Great history, beautiful site!
  • Dunluce Castle is close to Bushmills and Giant's Causeway. It's got gorgeous views of the surrounding coast, and you can access some of it for free. The parking is free as well, but spots are rather limited. Your ticket includes a map of the castle. The biggest downfall is opening hours. The castle closes at 5pm, so you should plan to be there an hour before if you want to walk through the whole thing without rushing. In comparison to other ruins cross Ireland this one is more intact than most. Definitely worth a visit!

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