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Dunguaire Castle
Sitting on an outcrop jutting into Galway Bay, the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle appears like a fairy-tale vision to drivers traversing the coastal road, prompting many to pull over and reach for a camera. The site housed prominent local clans for centuries before famous Irish surgeon, poet, and playwright Oliver St. John Gogarty bought it in 1924. He then turned it into a hangout for Ireland’s literary elite, including Lady Gregory, W.B. Yeats, Seán O'Casey, and George Bernard Shaw. Today, most travelers admire the castle from afar, though some do venture inside.

The Basics
Visitors can explore the castle’s modest interior and climb to the top of the 75-foot (22-meter) tower for daytime views over Galway Bay, or purchase tickets for a twice-nightly medieval banquet, which includes a 4-course candlelit dinner complete with Celtic music, mead, and storytelling. The castle is also seen on guided day tours from Galway and Dublin that typically also visit other area attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and the Aillwee Cave, as well as parts of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The castle is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The roof terrace is small and accessible only via a narrow spiral staircase that may not be suitable for those who may get claustrophobic.
  • It’s best to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven surfaces.
  •  Banquet experiences must be booked in advance.

How to Get There
Dunguaire Castle is located on the southeastern tip of Galway Bay, about half a mile (900 meters) north of the town of Kinvara. Parking is available across the street. The easiest way to get there is via guided tour, with most departing from central locations in Dublin or Galway, and some included hotel pickup and drop-off.

When to Get There
The castle is open from April to mid-September from 10am to 4pm. Arrive early in the morning to see the castle at its quietest. Medieval banquets take place twice nightly, at 5:30pm and 8:45pm, and last about two hours and 15 minutes.

Tips for Photographing Dunguaire Castle
Dunguaire is often touted as the most photographed castle in Ireland. With its fabulous setting on the edge of Galway Bay, it’s not hard to see why so many have pointed their lenses in its direction. To get the perfect shot, check out the Galway Bay tide times in advance and schedule your visit for when the tide is in so you can capture the castle’s reflection in the water below.
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Dunguaire Castle Admission Ticket

Discover one of County Galway’s highlight attractions when you visit the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle. Renowned both as a scenic historical landmark and for its literary heritage—the castle hosted visiting writers the likes of W.B. Yeats and George Bernard Shaw—the waterside Dunguaire Castle is popular among both history buffs and literary types. Save yourself any trouble by securing your admission in advance, and once inside explore at your leisure.
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Dunguaire Castle Medieval Banquet

Experience a four-course feast in a castle with this evening banquet on the shores of Galway Bay. Learn about Irish culture through music and storytelling as you relax over a multi-course meal with wine. The banquet includes live entertainment and a brief lesson on the history of the castle.
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Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway

Explore Ireland’s beautiful Burren region and discover top natural landmarks including the Cliffs of Moher with ease on this day tour from Galway. Travel through the Burren’s rugged landscapes with your guide and discover local attractions such as the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle and Aillwee Cave. Explore walking trails on top of the mighty Cliffs of Moher at your leisure and enjoy panoramic views over the coastal scenery. Watch the skies for sightings of native birdlife, then stop in Doolin on route back to Galway.
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This Wild Atlantic Way Day Tour from Dublin is a fully guided day tour to one of Ireland’s most impressive natural attraction and to one of its most treasured city’s. Here you have the chance to the chance to visit the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and of course, Ireland’s Cultural Capital that is Galway City.Your journey to the Cliffs of Moher will take you from the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and back again all in one day. And allows you and others on-board to learn more about the island of Ireland and how it has become what we know and love today.Stops on this fully guided tour include the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Dooling Caves Dunguire Castle and Galway City
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If it is nature, history and Irish culture you want to see on a cycle tour, then this is the tour for you. Clare and the Aran Islands cycle tour offers a multitude of experiences. We’re a tad spoilt for choice when it comes to remarkable roads in Ireland. You will see some of the finest natural attractions Ireland has to offer, such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren National Park, Corcomroe Abbey and the great stalactite in Doolin Cave. You’ll also visit Inishmore, the biggest of the Aran Islands and home to the ancient fort Dun Aengus. By choosing to cycle Ireland, you get to experience the beauty of this stunning island at the perfect pace. We will take care of your accommodation and luggage transfers and also provide all the essential maps and tour documents as well as a 24 hour emergency help line. No need to worry! This wild Atlantic adventure won’t be soon forgotten!
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