Donegal Castle
Donegal Castle
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This 15th-century castle was fully restored in 1996.
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  • Nick
    Nottingham, United Kingdom236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Local, easy to get to and definitely worth the visit.
    A castle, right in the middle of Donegal Town. Why wouldn't you go if you're in Donegal. €5 entry. Parking in one of the many car parks around the town at 30cents an hour. The castle is well maintained, neat and looked after. Its a very pleasant one to look around. It probably takes only 30 minutes to look around. The restored roof in the upper room of the keep is of particular interest. There's information boards and also models from different periods of the castles existence, which show you how it looked at those times. Would definitely recommend you visit if you're staying in Donegal. There a toilets within the grounds.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Jeremystravels
    London, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A well kept monument with a great story
    We had quite a surprise visiting this little castle when at a loose end one afternoon. It's a beautifully kept little historical oasis with nicely restored rooms and an interesting story. An essential to make time for if visiting Donegal Town.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 5, 2023
  • MrsWYN-R
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom3,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Interesting Visit
    Donegal a quaint county town. Had a couple of hours to spare on a day tour, plenty of cafes and tearooms and some nice shops was not expecting a castle! Part restored in the 90s, an interesting hour. Paid to get in and with an information sheet wandered around the inside without a guide, learnt about some Irish history. No tearoom or shop as such and not vast, will not take long yet worth a look. An interesting visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Robin K
    Shepparton, Australia324 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a look
    It’s not expensive to enter and we thought it worthwhile . The staff were friendly and helpful and the building well presented and clean . There was a lot of information available about its history and it is amazing how the original owners were able to build such a building . Worth a look
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • TheMarshal84
    Liverpool, United Kingdom445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long time, worth the wait
    Last visited 25 years ago, when the site was having major conservation work carried out, as well as having a new roof installed. It's nice to see the site restored, and open. Spent many summers in sight of the castle, which looms over the town and it did not disappoint. The information boards were clear, outlining the site history within Ulster and the site was overall not overly restored. The grounds are well cared for and looked after by OPW. Adult admission is €5.00, but entry is free if you have an English heratige/Cadw/Historic Environment Scotland membership. The gift shop could have been a bit bigger and better stocked. There is no coffee shop on site, but food outlets are a short walk from the site. Allow 60-90 mins the take in the site. Truly worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Sharon N
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely, small castle.
    Lovely, small castle. Architecture was stunning, with plenty of noticeboards with more information about specific parts. I found the window frames particularly interesting as most of our Scottish castles were built before glass was used so clearly the O'Donnell's/ Brookes were ahead of their time! Toilets were perfectly clean and it's well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Shelley W
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting castle in the heart of Donegal
    An interesting castle located in the pretty town of Donegal. Doesn't take too long to visit, but lots of interesting historical tidbits about the history of the area and the O'Donnells and the Brookes who lived in the castle. Great for history buffs!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • KarenM1_10
    1,084 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just okay
    We came here with our tour group. We had a 30-minute tour, and the guide was very informative. You need a guided tour or be sure to rent an audio guide if they have one. I don’t think we would have learned anything if we toured on our own since there isn’t an overwhelming amount to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
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Nick
Nottingham, UK236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A castle, right in the middle of Donegal Town. Why wouldn't you go if you're in Donegal.

€5 entry. Parking in one of the many car parks around the town at 30cents an hour.

The castle is well maintained, neat and looked after. Its a very pleasant one to look around. It probably takes only 30 minutes to look around. The restored roof in the upper room of the keep is of particular interest. There's information boards and also models from different periods of the castles existence, which show you how it looked at those times.

Would definitely recommend you visit if you're staying in Donegal.

There a toilets within the grounds.
Written April 2, 2023
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TheMarshal84
Liverpool, UK445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Last visited 25 years ago, when the site was having major conservation work carried out, as well as having a new roof installed. It's nice to see the site restored, and open. Spent many summers in sight of the castle, which looms over the town and it did not disappoint. The information boards were clear, outlining the site history within Ulster and the site was overall not overly restored. The grounds are well cared for and looked after by OPW. Adult admission is €5.00, but entry is free if you have an English heratige/Cadw/Historic Environment Scotland membership. The gift shop could have been a bit bigger and better stocked. There is no coffee shop on site, but food outlets are a short walk from the site. Allow 60-90 mins the take in the site. Truly worth a visit.
Written July 14, 2023
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njcavalier
Chatham, NJ393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Donegal Castle is well worth a visit. The older part of the castle, which dates to 1474, has been beautifully curated. A knowledgeable guide led us through the castle, telling its history from the days of the O’Donnell chieftains through the English takeover of the house in the early 17th century. Among the delights in the 15th century tower are the magnificent Banqueting Hall and, on the top floor, a museum filled with interesting exhibits on the castle’s history. There is also a “new” wing of the castle, built in the early 1600s by Basil Brooke, the Jacobean who took over the house and lands after the English defeated the Irish in the Battle of Kinsale in Southern Ireland. Interestingly, the “new” wing is a gutted shell, but still worth seeing and exploring. I highly recommend a visit!
Written August 14, 2022
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mary j
County Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Due to covid restrictions we were left to see this castle on our own. We were given an information sheet. It's a small castle but beautifully kept and had a very interesting past. We really enjoyed wandering around reading all the information posted around the artifacts on view. We would highly recommend a visit.
Written January 15, 2022
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David D
1,205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Originally a castle of the O’Donnell family, this small, but well-fortified castle, was taken over by an English lord after the Flight of the Earls and was transformed into a more stately home. The castle itself has been restored and for a small fee you can enter and do a nice self-guided tour. It’s not the biggest castle in Ireland, but it is a pleasant place and worth a visit.
Written May 2, 2022
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Sharon N
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Lovely, small castle. Architecture was stunning, with plenty of noticeboards with more information about specific parts. I found the window frames particularly interesting as most of our Scottish castles were built before glass was used so clearly the O'Donnell's/ Brookes were ahead of their time! Toilets were perfectly clean and it's well worth a visit.
Written July 28, 2023
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Marvin G
Ogdensburg, NY1,169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Hugh O’Donnell built a castle on the banks of the Eske River in the 1400’s. After the battle of Kinsdale, he set the castle on fire hoping to destroy it completely. This did not happen and Lord Basil Brooke took it over in 1616 and built a manor house next to the old tower. The fireplace and chimney was decorated with the family coat of arms and various fruits. The complex is now part of the Irish Heritage collection and has been partially restored in the 1990’s.

While the building and grounds are beautiful, there is an even greater story to tell. The potato famine was a terrible tragedy for the Irish people as was the "Long March" or "March of Tears" for the American Indians of the S.E. United States. The Choctaw Indians who were forcibly moved to reservations in Oklahoma, raised funds to send food to starving Irish peasants. In memory of this deed a sculpture of eagle feathers is sited on the grounds of Donegal Castle. There is an oil painting in the dining/living area of the castle noting this connection as well.
Written August 1, 2022
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MrsWYN-R
North Yorkshire, UK3,012 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Donegal a quaint county town. Had a couple of hours to spare on a day tour, plenty of cafes and tearooms and some nice shops was not expecting a castle! Part restored in the 90s, an interesting hour. Paid to get in and with an information sheet wandered around the inside without a guide, learnt about some Irish history. No tearoom or shop as such and not vast, will not take long yet worth a look. An interesting visit.
Written July 3, 2023
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Christa G
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
This was my favorite castle I visited. For a small town castle, it was great. You take it at your own pace, it was not crowded, and we learned a lot. I loved that the castle was finished inside so you could get a glimpse of what life was like there. In other words, it was not just a ruin. Thank you for keeping up Donegal castle. I have fond memories, and recommend it for anyone. We had a three year old with us and he loved it.
Written October 22, 2022
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK577 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Situated in a picturesque spot near the river, right in the centre of Donegal.
The ruins of an English style manor house are within the walls and the interior of the keep is displayed as it may have looked in the early seventeenth century.

The keep contains a wonderfully elaborate fire surround put in by Sir Basil Brooke who was sent by Elizabeth 1 to help oversee the planation of Ulster. It was Sir Basil who rebuilt the castle to incorporate an English style manor house.
Written August 30, 2022
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