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“Easy tour of nice castle” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dunguaire Castle's Medieval Banquet

Dunguaire Castle's Medieval Banquet
N18 | Kinvarra Village, Galway, Ireland
061/360-788
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Ranked #29 of 73 Activities in Galway
Type: Dinner Theaters, Performances
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“Easy tour of nice castle”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

It was super easy to stop roadside and get over to the castle. It was nice to see - there is a private tour that you can pay for but we just chose to walk around the grounds independently. It is short and takes little time but nice to see. There is also a nice giftshop with some handmade items.

Visited August 2011
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Charleston, SC
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“A Surprisingly Good Time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We arrived at about 5:00 p.m. for the 5:30 p.m. banquet only to find that the castle was essentially locked down in preparation for the banquet with the only greeting being a sign that said "doors open at 5:15 p.m. Looking about at the relatively tiny, delapidated castle grounds composed of mossy stones, rusting gates and scruffy courtyard, we were immediately overcome by an impending sense of doom. By the time the doors opened, only one other couple had appeared to attend. We figured that we'd give it 30 minutes and then bail if things did not look up.

However, once the doors opened, we were ushered inside and offered an essentially bottomless glass of tasty mead. We chatted with the host performers and a few other couples while a harpist played traditional tunes and a busload of about 50 tourists from Galway streamed in to join us. The staff of performers/servers was friendly and entertaining. After an initial toast, we were led to the small and cozy banquet room upstairs. In the subdued lighting and rustic surroundings, we were quickly immersed in the medieval period. The performers proceded with poems, songs and stories from a small stage and involved several attendees in the proceedings as lord/lady of the manor and awarding a claddaugh ring to one person celebrating a special occassion. The food was hot and good, nothing too exciting, soup, salad, banquet chicken & vegetables and apple pie but the red/white wine was freely flowing and the mood was jovial all around.

In the end, we were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the entire experience and remember it as one of the highlights of our trip.

Visited June 2012
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“One of my favorite stops in Ireland!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

What a wonderful eveing! I highly recommend you find time to enjoy the banquet at Dunguaire.

The evening begins by being welcomed in and offered a glass of mead. Be careful with this - it is a fermented apple and honey drink with 15% alcohol! You will spend some time in a reception hall where a harpist plays. After a bit, the actors come out and begin the show. We walk up the castle stairs and are seated in a large room. The capacity seemed to be about 50 or 60 people, so it was a very nice sized crowd and the setting still feels initimate. The actors are also your servers and they do some skits and singing between courses. The wine is plentiful and the food is pretty good. The potato-leek soup was quite delicious!

After the meal is over, the actors return to the stage and perform a nice variety of singing, folklore, and poetry. It was a lovely evening. Everyone in our large group thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a highlight of our trip for my husband and myself.

Visited June 2012
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Galway, Ireland
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

I highly recommend this castle to visit....yes there are limited toilet resources available and may seem unconventional but it is a medieval castle after all. However I recommend that they facilitate this someway in the future as not everyone visiting the castle wants to go to the top they may want to have a wander in the lovely craft shop upstairs!

Visited June 2012
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Galway, Ireland
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“Not sure about The Mead!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Great fun and a highly enjoyable experience. Even the food was good, and there was a great atmosphere . Also, everyone was chatty and very friendly.

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