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Dysert O'Dea Castle and Archaeology Centre

Dysert O'Dea Castle and Archaeology Centre
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Mom02360
Plymouth, MA68 contributions
Glad we stopped by- wish we had gotten there earlier to have tea!
May 2019 • Friends
Our hotel had suggested we stop by on our day trip to family history sites and we were glad we did. It is a simple with older “home grown” exhibits but we learned a lot and found an unexpected family connection. It was nice to climb to the top without a crowd and to enjoy the view. The caretaker suggested a nearby church that we were glad to visit too. Our only regret was we arrived close to closing and didn't have time for the Tea that looked very nice. If you want a small castle to explore without crowds, this is the place if you are nearby.
Written June 15, 2019
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Frank Nell
Hamilton, Canada1 contribution
A hidden gem
May 2019 • Couples
A great way to start our Burren trip. There’s a fair amount to see but it won’t take hours out of your day. There’s a nice size car park so you shouldn’t have any issues even on busier days. Admission was a perfectly reasonable 5 euros per person.

You definitely get the bang for your buck. The castle is beautifully restored and there’s plenty to keep your attention. Despite being on a tight schedule we were able to make our way up to the roof. It was a beautiful day which made the views all the more memorable.

Tea and baked goods were available on the day we were there but we didn’t really have time to stop. The grounds are very pretty and ideal for a picnic (provided the weather is good).

The staff are friendly and the history is fascinating. What I liked the most is the authenticity of it. Some of the other tourist attractions were clearly cash grabs but this was more concerned with showing you the true history of the area. It’s a bit off the beaten track but definitely worth your time.
Written June 14, 2019
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Ian Condon
1 contribution
worth the visit
May 2019 • Family
What a lovely surprise. My wife, daughter and I were on a recent visit to our grwat grandparents ancestral home of County Clare. We visited the lovely town of Ennis and on our way to the burren region we took a chance on a quick visit to Dysert O'Dea castle, we found it really good value for money and a nice place to stop for a picnic. The castle itself gives you the sense of what it must have been like to live in such a place.
Written May 10, 2019
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Wanderlust83
1 contribution
A unexpected discovery
May 2019 • Friends
Chanced to stop in at Dysert Ó Deá Castle while heading to the Burren. What a wonderful surprise. A medieval tower house set in a beautiful landscape with historical displays and information. Close by is an early Christian Church with a round tower and beautiful examples of Romanesque carvings and a wonderful high cross. The Curator at the castle was friendly and very knowledgeable about the colourful history of the locality. If you are exploring Clare this is a must see well Worth the €5 entrance fee.
Written May 2, 2019
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MrStuart64
Newport, UK67 contributions
Not sure I was at the same place as some of the reviews
Sep 2018 • Friends
I found the place a bit disappointing. 5 euros each to walk up a tower with a load of half finished displays. There is a place for a coffee but don't be fooled 'tea rooms' it is a single table on the ground floor serving instant coffee.

The site is not suitable for disabled access.
Written September 13, 2018
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nippersbank
Birmingham, UK4 contributions
An enjoyable port of call but a dry day is recommended
Aug 2018 • Family
Hidden away from civilization ( in the nicest sense) the castle and its grounds were a treat. The area was a haven of almost silence and being able to roam freely was also a plus. The attendant in the castle was very cordial and informative.
Written August 17, 2018
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Tanya M
Fords, NJ15 contributions
Excellent day trip!
Jul 2018 • Couples
We spent the day touring the castle and grounds. My sister and brother are O’Dea’s and so it was nice to take this tour of their heritage. The castle was an easy walk up with tower steps and hand railings. The rooms were rich with history and made for great pictures. The roof gave beautiful views of the surrounding area. It was a self-guided tour, so you could spend as much time as you want venturing through the castle and grounds. There’s a small cafe and gift shop located in the castle. There’s also a cemetery on the grounds that you can venture through and see the old Abbey. It’s a lot of walking, so be sure to wear sneakers. The grounds cannot be reached by car, but it’s only about a five minute walk to the cemetery. The roads leading in are tight one lane roads and the castle is set back so we had a bit of a time finding it, but it was well worth the trip!
Written July 25, 2018
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Tammy M
Tucson, AZ8 contributions
Number ONE Square Tower Castle for Historical Enthusiasts
Jul 2018 • Couples
After touring several clan or Irish family defensive castles across many counties this one was our best! Having studied early stone architecture and making a pilgrimage to all four of our own O’Malley Clan castles (County Mayo) most locked from entry, this fully restored O’Dea Clan Castle (County Clare) allows full access to every corner for exploration, even to the defensive roof area overlooking thousands of years of historical sites across a verdant landscape. The O’Dea (now O’Day) family from Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA, with its Clan Chief, John B. O’Day, Jr. gathered his family pride and life savings to fund the restoration and archeological digs in the area as well as doing deep research into the areas local history. With some support from Irish Historical agencies, John and his family and the newly organized O’Dea Clan has also supported local archeological protections of these many sites within this valley. With so little funds to restore or shore up the many castles across Ireland and their great contributions to this country’s history, the Wisconsin-based O’Day Family should be commended for taking the initiative and private monies to accomplish such a fantastic project. We will be recommending this Castle to all Castle lovers exploring Ireland’s Clans and their influence during and after the Norman Invasion!
Robert Welch (O’Malley Clan), Waupaca, WI
Written July 25, 2018
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Andrew K
Cardiff, UK352 contributions
Disappointing
Jul 2018 • Couples
We had expected a centre where we could study the archaeology of the area. But the castle, while charming in its way, basically contains amateurish displays of the area's history, which badly need refreshing. Things may be better if you take the recommended walk. I give this two stars rather than one merely because of its beautiful location and wonderful view from the top of the tower.
Written July 2, 2018
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BPONaperville_IL
Naperville,IL56 contributions
Wonderful Countrysided Site
May 2018
The castle building has been restored so that you can go up to the roof for an excellent view. The rooms as you go up have been well restored and provide a nice glimpse into the past. More restoration for outside of the castle is planned. The nearby Abbey is worth the short walk through the fields. The accompanying grave sites go back from ancient to current times and the large cross is very impressive. The nearby battle had quite a long term impact on the region with the Normans being driven out with the death of DeClare at the hands of Conor O'Dea. Allow a couple of hours to see these two sites, more if you want to see some other other sites close by
Written June 18, 2018
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