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Dunboy Castle and Puxley Mansion

Castletownbere, Ireland
353-21-470044
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Type: Historic Sites, Castles
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Nepean
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The castle ruins are very humbly displayed - no tourist trap here. simple plaques give you the history and importance of the ancient site,and spectacular scenery awaits. The Mansion is under repairs and was not accessible but the site of the castle ruins and the grounds where the siege took place is.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We set out in search of the Puxley Mansion - or Dunboy Castle - we weren't sure which was which. It wasn't really marked from the main road, so I turned down the first road I came to outside of town (Castletownbere) where I thought it should be, and sure enough it was there. Unfortunately, the mansion (which was to... More

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Claremorris, Ireland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Beautiful area I love the forest walk the old castle is a great place for pondering our past the castle that they started renovation work to is a bit of an eye sore wit all the barricades up

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Racine, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It's interesting to stamp around on land that was used so very long ago. Beara Peninsula has many "very old" places to explore.

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New Jersey
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687 reviews 687 reviews
369 attraction reviews
529 helpful votes 529 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

Our local driver took us here. This originally 19 th century castle was in relative ruin until the big scale commercially motivated renovations started. The site was being transformed into a hotel, resort. New sections were added. Locals seem to have disapproved of this whole undertaking. The whole investment collapsed due to the worldwide financial crises. It is still interesting... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I brought my granddaughter here as a history lesson about the O'Sullivans. We're O'Sullivan Mor not O'Sullivan Bere,but when we lived in Co. Tipperary we were all just O'Sullivans. I had been here 40 years ago when Puxley Manor and the adjacent castle were ruins. I still can remember walking into the south entrance and seeing floor to ceiling two... More

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Cork, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

As someone already stated, I would have loved the opportunity to explore this site when it was just the bare ruins and "imagine" what it would have been like and "wish" that it could be restored successfully. However what I seen on visit was utterly depressing, the developer thought too big and when the country went pop funds ran out... More

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Worcester Park, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I have visited this site before and preferred it as the ruin rather than the half finished renovations

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I used to wander through Puxleys Mansion years back when it was derelict. You used to bump into a sheep or a horse occasionally. The mansion was restored for a high end hotel, but didn't quite make it. The new extension is amazing in how out of place it is. Unfortunately it is fenced off, so you can't wander round... More

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Cork
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158 reviews 158 reviews
29 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

A hugely expensive restoration job was carried out on this beautifully sited mansion to create a 5 star hotel however work was halted around 2007 when the money dried up. It is well worth a visit to see this example of a Celtic Tiger Folly. The mansion itself was restored at great cost and fits in well with the surroundings.... More

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