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Address: Castletownbere, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-21-470044
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Better as a ruin

The Puxley Mansion would have been better left a ruin. Whichever planner allowed that mostrous hotel extension should be asahmed of himself. ANd now the whole lot stands fenced... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
La Oliva, Spain
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St. Louis
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Seeing Dunboy castle was a bit different as you need to take a country road and walk through a farmer's pasture to see it. Worth doing for sure. Too bad the Puxley Mansion was never finished. It has an interesting story behind it and would be a great attraction.

Thank STLDixie
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229 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

This place is one you must visit if in the area. The history is so sad but it is nice to know some of the ruins of the castle still remain today. Puxley mansion is just barricaded off.

Thank TrishWarnz
La Oliva, Spain
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107 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The Puxley Mansion would have been better left a ruin. Whichever planner allowed that mostrous hotel extension should be asahmed of himself. ANd now the whole lot stands fenced off by ugly metal barriers.

1 Thank Island-Seeker0
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

What does Dunboy deserve 5 stars? 1) The view on the Heaven. 2) The history of these stones, the castle was bombed and destroied by the English troops to scare other Irish noble families 3) The fact that a blessed Jesuit was killed here: he offered himself to the English troops asking to save the life to his mates. The... More 

Thank Luigi C
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85 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Castle is an overgrown ruin. The mansion was to be developed as a hotel but the developer ran out of money and has left an eyesore - but I can see the mansion would have had massive potential as a great house or indeed a hotel! However, there is an excellent coastal walk through oak woodland that offers great... More 

1 Thank irishcruisefanatic
Swords, Ireland
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I remember visiting the Puxley Mansion in the late 1990s when it was still open and in ruins. Very interesting at the time to explore inside and see the fireplaces, etc but not anymore. Although it has been 'restored', it's now surrounded by scaffolding and is in a half-finished state. I think they were planning a luxury hotel but obviously... More 

Thank rxan90
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Lovely variety of walks, suitable for young children and adults. I have gone there with friends family and my boyfriend. Nice hidden beaches too. Lovely for a dip in the summer or to skim stones at other times of the year

Thank Marie O
Glengarriff, Irland
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62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

we know quite a lot about the history of this magical - but also somehow haunted - place. the mansion burnt down during the troubles - it slept like sleeping beauty for almost 100 years. then it was to be converted in a "six-star-hotel" with apartments and a landing place for a helicopter. bad luck (or the consequences of too... More 

4 Thank Eliane Z
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72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Easy to park. 1 mile walk to Dunboy Castle ruins. Beautiful views of Castletown Bere. Great place for a picnic. No toilets or refreshments until you get to Castletown which is a 45 min walk or 10 minute drive. In the grounds there is a hotel which is not in use.

2 Thank Caroline B
Mathews, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Castle ruins and the trail that follows the shoreline are worth the trip! My husband, being a descendant of the O'Sullivan Bere, we had looked forward to standing on this ancient mound of earth! To stand and think of all of those that had stood on this very spot, you could feel a spirituality and connection to all who... More 

1 Thank Mary P

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