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Drimnagh Castle

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Enchanting

We visited the castle on a cold day but had a warm welcome from the tour guide Denise.The history... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
385maureen
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Such a hidden gem!

A beautifully restored Medieval castle with a moat and botanical gardens. We walked round with one... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Noelle M
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Dublin, Ireland
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Drimnagh Caste is Ireland's only moated castle. Set in the suburb of Drimnagh in South Dublin, we are an authentic medieval castle with over 700 years of history. We have been the setting for many films, TV shows and historic events.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the castle on a cold day but had a warm welcome from the tour guide Denise.The history of the castle is long and varied. However the more recent story of the restoration is equally fascinating. This was topped off by a tour of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A beautifully restored Medieval castle with a moat and botanical gardens. We walked round with one other couple, and were very impressed by the guide's knowledge and passion for his work. You can hire out the castle for events at a very reasonable rate, and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

It is bigger than you expect. Not possible to get inside, but there is nice park around and castle looks really great. It is hidden well behind school grounds, but you can get there by car (parking in front). Free of charge to see the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

Visited with my friend and had an amazing time. Very cute castle with such rich history - DEFINITELY worth paying the €5 for a tour. We had a man named Brian and he was absolutely incredible - very knowledgeable about all aspects of the castle’s...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

Not much left of the Original Castle. It is certainly not the place of war and defense it once was. However, there was a very nice exhibit of modern art there in September 2018, which was worth to visit.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Drimnagh C, Public Relations Manager at Drimnagh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2018

Thanks for your review. Quite a lot of the original castle and dwellings have been kept and preserved. The castle was abandoned for over 30 years and was almost demolished. We are grateful that we still have it. Also after being a fortress of defense...More

Reviewed September 26, 2018

The great hall and gardens are fantastic. The castle is very historic and you can feel the history and ghosts as you walk through. The gardens are beautiful. Good for a wedding in the garden if the weather is clear. Move inside if the rains...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Drimnagh C, Public Relations Manager at Drimnagh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2018

Thanks so much for your kind words 🏰

Reviewed September 12, 2018

I can't recommend this enough. VERY cheap - in fact, a little too cheap if they want to continue restorations!!! Fantastic tour guide - passionate and knowledgeable about the restoration project and history of the castle. We turned up out of the blue and he...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Drimnagh C, Public Relations Manager at Drimnagh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2018

Thanks! We really appreciate your wonderful review and are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us. 🏰

Reviewed August 27, 2018

Even though it's a small castle, it's incredibly worth to see it for the absolutely incredible restoration work done, and the lovely tour guides!! The people working in there love the castle's history, that can be said for sure. It's only 20 mins away from...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Drimnagh C, Public Relations Manager at Drimnagh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2018

Thanks so much. We really value your words and agree.. We love our castle 🏰

Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

Directly related to a good mates ancestors in Tasmania, Australia. I couldn't wait to check out what was left of his family history. The guide was incredibly passionate and had an extensive amount of knowledge of both my mates family history and also the areas...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Drimnagh C, Public Relations Manager at Drimnagh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

Thanks so much for your kind words and review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your tour of Drimnagh Castle 🏰

Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

A hidden gem and an oasis of peace. We had a very enthusiastic and informative guide who made the tour very enjoyable. There is lots to see here including a beautiful garden. Great value for money and I would highly recommend a visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Drimnagh C, Public Relations Manager at Drimnagh Castle, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

Thanks so much for your kind words πŸ‘ We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour of Drimnagh Castle 🏰

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December 31, 2018|
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Response from Marguerite a | Reviewed this property |
We had to climb up some narrow, somewhat winding stairs. There was no other obvious entry but we did not ask.
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September 29, 2018|
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Response from Margaret M | Reviewed this property |
Well you learn something new everyday..I had not heard of Uber before. I drove there myself. It is a short tour around the castle. It's lovely but I think getting the Luas or a bus would be cheaper.
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Rachel K
December 2, 2016|
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Response from Karen G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we paid after the tour. I think it was about 4.50 euros per person. They do have a website and you can get more detailed info there.
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gary m
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Drimnagh Castle (3 Replies)
I looked at a number of websites titled Drimnagh Castle & it seems as though it is a school. 1. Is there a Drimnagh Castle & if so is it open to the public? 2. How does one find out if the castle is open without actually going?
February 21, 2012|
Response fromwrappido|
My sons attended Drimnagh Castle the castle itself is sityated in between the Primary and Secondary school and behind the monastery. The Castle is the only castle in Europe with a working moat fed by underground rivers 3 and is open to the public.It is been fully restored to its former glory and is one of the castles used in the BBC series the Tudors .If you send me a pm with your email address I will send you pictures and find out the actual opening times for you.
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There's lots of good pub grub to be had all over town. Half your budget should suffice. Where are you staying?
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