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Dunguaire Castle

Address: Kinvara, Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Kinvara
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Phoenix, Arizona
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We traveled in January and had checked online ahead of time, where it noted that admission was from 10am to 4pm year round, so were a little disappointed to find that it was closed the day we visited - if the inside tour is important to you, be sure to double check whether or not it will be open. We... More 

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Traverse City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We traveled in November and this was not the only site closed for the season. We still enjoyed seeing it from outside, and it is beautifully illuminated at night. The parking lot is across the street, and it is on main road into Kivara village within walking distance along the water.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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89 reviews 89 reviews
32 attraction reviews
2,066 helpful votes 2,066 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The moat around the castle probably looks a whole lot better when there is more water, one can imagine that castle and surroundings look quite pretty during the summer months. Did not enter though.

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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This relatively small castle has a rich history, including its literary history when owned by physician-poet-patriot Oliver St. John Gogarty who hosted William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, et al. We attended the "medieval" meal and musical program. The food, while more of the present day, was very good, and the program featured recitations and performances of poems... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This makes a nice little pit stop to get out and stretch your legs. There is a bathroom, but you must pay the tour fee of a few euro to use it. The tour is not guided but still a nice castle to explore. We visited when the tide was out, so there was not water near the castle. The... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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55 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

My mom has a love for castles like none other, so when she wanted my dad, husband, and I to stop in so she could visit, we resisted since we thought we'd never make it to our destination. This turned out to be well worth it! I wasn't sure what it would be like, but we paid a few euros... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Very enjoyable evening. Good food, good entertainment in an intimate banquet setting. The host provided a very interesting musical history of the castle. Well worth the money. It's listed as only 10 minutes walk from the centre of Kinvara - I would put it at more like 20 minutes.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

This was one of the first castles we drove past while in Ireland. We decided to not pay the € to take a tour since there was no guide. We walked around the outside of the castle. Don't miss the jewelry maker who makes his own jewelry above the shop! My sister in law and I bought two rings and... More 

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Castleblayney, Ireland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I've passed this castle before and we didn't stop, this time we did. It does make a pretty picture and I've got loads of them! The interior is all set up as medieval and it is quite interesting. The views from the top are nice, but the day we visited the tide was out so not as picturesque as when... More 

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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61 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A lovely little castle which had been made into a home by Lady Cristobel Ampthill. The views from the battlements were super but looking down through the machicolations was rather unnerving. They were preparing for a medieval banquet, when we arrived. It looked fun and the entertainment [ and menu] sounds just fine. wish we could have stayed and joined... More 

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