We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Drimnagh Castle

Long Mile Road | Drimnagh, Dublin 12, Ireland
Improve this listing
Ranked #68 of 281 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Castles
Traveler Description: Drimnagh Castle is of norman origins dating back to the 13th century and was one of the oldest continually inhabited castles up until the 1950's when... more »
Write a Review

17 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Drimnagh Castle is a hidden gem, located on the grounds of a private school in the Dublin suburbs. It took me and my wife 20 minutes to find it, after the 20 minute bus ride out to Drimnagh. It was well worth the hunt though. Willie, one of the curators, was amazing guide, and gave the two of us a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Los Angeles, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I was told if we ever get to Ireland we had to try and find time to visit Drimnagh castle, and this quiet unassuming hidden castle is indeed worth the visit, granted it is not well advertised and their face book page could do with some updating, but that is beside the point, We have traveled around Ireland visiting many... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
san jose
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I thought this was one of the more authentic historic experiences in Ireland. The guide walked us through a brief history of why the castle was built and what's happened since. We talked about what it was like to live in such a castle, what the Normans did for hygiene and entertainment and so forth. And because the castle is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
St. Albert Alberta
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Our family visited Drimnagh Castle recently. This visit turned out to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable events of our week long stay in Dublin. We took the bus (77a) and found the castle a short walk from the end of Drimnagh road - right behind the Drimnagh Castle secondary school. we were greeted enthusiastically by the volunteers... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dublin, Ireland
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A bit challenging to find. Look for the sign for Drimnagh Castle on the left before the Drimnagh Castle School entrance. A small castle, expanded over the ensuing centuries. An honest restoration. Our guide, Andrew, was a joy, enthusiastic about the structure. Restoration gives you an excellent impression of life in medieval Ireland. Well worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Singapore, Singapore
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Have to admit that the castle is small (expected something more majestic), and maybe because of that, there were no other visitors to this interesting place. Willy showed us around and explained the history of the place and the people who previously resided here. Learnt quite a few things about medieval period. Restoration is on-going but nothing major. The garden... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
41 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I have been living in Dublin for over 40 years and only recently, quite accidentally, became aware of this castle. Visitors generally want to see Dublin Castle - which is no longer a castle in the accepted sense, it now being more grand state apartments – but I believe that visitors should consider putting this little gem on their list... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Charming historical building which is well worth a visit. Being lovingly restored, excellent work being done there. Willy, our guide, was wonderful and very informative. We really enjoyed our visit today. A true hidden gem.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Drimnagh Castle is a really beautiful restored Norman Castle. Our guide Willy was brilliant at showing us around and was really passionate about the castle and Irish history in general. We were the only two people to visit the place for the whole day and this is such a shame that no one is making any effort to market this... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
42 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had an interesting guided tour of this restored Norman Castle. The only castle with a flooded moat in Ireland. Water from the local Bluebell river feeds the moat. When you look out of the tower window you can see the formal herb garden. If you want a guided tour please phone before to find out the times. A really... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Drimnagh Castle also viewed

Dublin, County Dublin
Dublin, County Dublin
Dublin, County Dublin

Been to Drimnagh Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Drimnagh Castle, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing