Drimnagh Castle
Drimnagh Castle
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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TheIndieTripper
Dublin, Ireland95 contributions
Mar 2020
What a wonderful place! Drimnagh Castle is Ireland's ONLY moated castle which still has its surrounding water defences intact. I found that amazing. Dating back to the 13th century, the original occupants were Norman knights. The wooden drawbridge is no longer there but was replaced with a stone bridge in 1780. Its history is a fascinating one and it's been used in a number of films. It's well worth doing a tour of the castle which only costs €6. You will get to see the the Great Hall, the Undercroft with its sinister 'Murder Hole', the wonderful chandelier which came from the movie Excalibur, the Medieval toileting area and in particular the secret passageway (no pics allowed here...) I really enjoyed my tour with Elaine who I had all to myself (it was off-peak) to ply with questions, and she really seemed to have a passion for the site. The gardens are gorgeous ( free to enter but donations are gratefully accepted) and she recommended that I come back again in Summer when everything is in full bloom. i'll definitely do that. It's only a few kilometres from the city centre so if you're interested in medieval history or old houses, then this is definitely the experience for you. No hoards of tourists either so it really is a brilliant little find,
Written March 2, 2020
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Jennifer G
Seattle, WA17 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
I was greeted by the king of the castle, well actually he was the maintenance man, but he was sitting in a throne when I arrived. I found the tour, lead by John, very interesting. John presented different perspectives of architectural history and processes of restoring this historical structure. The tour was about an hour.
I took the bus from county centre in Dublin and took a short walk to the castle.
Written March 4, 2020
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JustEilidh
Ede, The Netherlands20 contributions
Feb 2022
The castle is hidden away between industry and as you are going there it might seem like you wont find it. The castle has opening hours but as we arrived the door was closed. We rang and luckily could get a tour but would recommend to see if you can book in advance!
The tour itself it lovely and the guide we had was very knowledgeable about the history of Ireland and the castle. He was very helpful and friendly!
Written February 28, 2022
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WaterfordGuy
Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland96 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We very much enjoyed our tour of Drimnagh Castle on Monday, 28th February 2022. The castle itself is beautifully restored. Our tour guide was very friendly and had an in depth knowledge of the castle. His personal connection to the castle and the local area really enhanced this tour.
Written March 2, 2022
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Elaine
6 contributions
Feb 2020
I never realised there was a castle in Drimnagh until very recently. I visited the castle a few days ago and being off season, it was just me so I had my own private tour guide, who was excellent, John is his name. It's a small castle but has a lot of history and it's well worth a visit. It's Ireland's only moated castle. Definitely recommend checking it out!
Written February 16, 2020
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SheridanKokich
Esperance, Australia155 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
This is such an underrated attraction!

If you find yourself with a strange obsession with medieval castles like I do, this is exactly what you're looking for. While small, it's what you want when you're looking for an intact, romantic, adventurous, whimsical castle. I've been to Kilkenny Castle, Ardgillan, the Rock of Cashel... Most are remodeled and as such, have lost their old charm. Not Drinmagh! Not only are you allowed to take photos everywhere (Kilkenny- no photos, no touching!) but you can actually GO almost everywhere!! The tour guides are genuine Irish folk who know their history and Irish lore. I was lucky enough to have both Andrew and Anne for my visit. Rarely did I ask "what's up those stairs" without being told I could go straight up them! I was thrilled since the Rock of Cashel has almost all their little nooks and crannies barred off. Understandably but still frustrating when your wanderlust is telling you you need to know what's up there!

Now I saw some reviews earlier (I tend to ask people about their bad reviews) and the day that someone wrote they went in and it was "closed" --was Christmas! And as for this "25 euro taxi fare to the eastern side of Dublin" - it cost me 2.60 on the bus from Tallaght. Afterwards, I went into city center on the Luas for 2.80. This location is VERY easy to get to! While not well advertised, it's nestled right in the middle of Drimnagh church and Drimnagh school. I walked into the place and true, I wasn't greeted at the door and I was a little unsure of where to go. However, I saw that there was a work shed with some music playing so I walked up to the door and knocked. I was received by two lovely gentlemen who took me through to meet Andrew, and later, Anne.

Enough about the naysayers! This is a truly spectacular place. The romance and charm are just breathtaking. There's a little dairy farm and blacksmiths shop, a carriage house, a beautiful big garden and a lovely stone wall area around the side. Also, as everyone else has mentioned, the only moted castle in all of Ireland! That reason alone should put it on a top 10 heritage list. Anne's knowledge of herblore is very impressive. I love my gardens enough to say I know my stuff but her wealth of information far surpasses my own! It was a real treat to listen to her.

It's a shame more people don't know about this place. It's only 3 or 4 euro to get in. Basically the change from your bus ticket!

My suggestion to the Drimnagh owner would be to have some sort of medieval workshop. I would have paid up to 60 euro for a couple of hours to learn some olden day tasks like churning butter (they have the old churn there!), mixing herbal remedies straight from the gardens, beekeeping (I noticed some man-made hives out the back).... Even a woodcarving workshop. All the woodwork within Drimnagh Castle is carved by hand. They do a Halloween night which would be incredible to go to.. Even a proper "high tea" with a plate fee would be well worth it.

They also have a set of stocks to the left as you enter the castle that would have been great to get a photo in... Surely between all those men and all those tools in that work shed, they can make a set of stocks for us tourists to throw ourselves in and get a cheeky picture taken :P

100% Worth it. This is probably on par with the Rock of Cashel for me- an absolute favourite.
Everything you want in a castle and fantastic tour guides.
Written January 22, 2015
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boo2U
Bowie, MD1,174 contributions
I was doing a marathon castle day and had spent the day going from one castle to the next. I spent 25 euros to get to and from this castle that was CLOSED!!! they state that they are open on Wed. Sat. Sun 12-5...WRONG. I got there around 4:20 on Wed.7/1 and they were closed! the taxi driver was very nice and rang and rang the bell he even waited as I walked to the rectory to see if any of the priests had an idea as to why they weren't open. I was fuming mad at the expense and time I spent getting to this attraction only to find they were closed. I was so mad because I could have used that time, it was my last day, to go or see something else.
Written July 6, 2009
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Suzy_flag
Dublin, Ireland5,369 contributions
I've passed Drimnagh Castle nearly a zillion times but surprisingly I had never bothered to pay it a visit, so after it had been recommended a few times recently on The Dublin Forum, my husband and I decided to get on our bikes, and cycle over on Sunday the 8th of August, as it was a nice sunny day.

According to www.DublinTourist.com the castle is open on Sunday's from 12-5p.m.
We parked up our bikes and made our way to the front door. A sign in large red print stated to "Ring the Bell!"
So we rang and rang but no answer. On the second ring I sat on the bell but still no one came :-(
We walked around the castle and through a slit in another gate I spotted a few people outside sitting and chatting in the sunshine. I presume they were staff!!!
We decided at that point we were not going to pursue trying to gain entry.

We were both disappointed, particularly my husband as he had wanted to see the castle because his brother had worked on it during it's renovation.
As we live locally we will revisit but for visitors to Dublin making the journey out to Drimnagh and then being unable to gain entry,like the previous reviewer........It REALLY IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!
For this reason I would be hesitant in recommending a tourist visiting Dublin waste precious time in travelling to visit Drimnagh Castle which is a real shame for such a historic old castle!
Written August 9, 2010
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fenlaDublin
Dublin3,191 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
I have been living in Dublin for over 40 years and only recently, quite accidentally, became aware of this castle. Visitors generally want to see Dublin Castle - which is no longer a castle in the accepted sense, it now being more grand state apartments – but I believe that visitors should consider putting this little gem on their list of sights to see. They will be well rewarded and will see more of a castle in the accepted sense – albeit small – and learn a bit more about life in a castle, than you would from the Dublin Castle tour.
It dates from the 1200’s, built by the Normans, and was occupied up to the 1950’s. It is the only castle in Ireland that still has a water filled moat surrounding it. It had fallen into serious disrepair, but now has been magnificently restored, following restoration work between 1986 and 1996. Guided tours are available, but I would advise that you phone in advance to ensure the tour guide is on duty, as this will be the best way to see the castle and learn about it’s history – the opening hours are a bit restricted. It also has an interesting small garden in a formal 17th century style layout. When you are taken to the Minstrels' Gallery in The Great Hall, ask the guide to explain who the carved figures supporting the roof trusses represent.
We were the only two people on the tour, which was great, as we were able to get as much detail as we wanted form our tour guide. For a €4 entrance fee, it is great value and worth visiting.
It is not the easiest of places to get to, without your own transport, but bus #56A and #151 pass by the castle. Ask the driver to let you know when you come to the Long Mile Road, Drimnagh Castle, stop #2727. The entrance to the castle is across the road from the bus stop.
You could also get bus #27, #77A, and #123, which will let you off about 500 metres from the castle. Ask the driver to let you know when you are at the Halfway House, stop #2102 – although the stop is actually outside The Blackforge Inn. Get off those buses at that stop, walk to your right, passing the Bank of Ireland and The Halfway House pub (both on your left). At The Halfway House, cross over the Long Mile Road and then walk about 500 metres to your left, and the entrance to the castle will be on your right.
If you are driving out from the city centre along Crumlin Rd. and Drimnagh Rd., watch out for The Halfway House pub (Point A on the Google Map link), which will be on your left. And about 4/500 metres beyond that pub, you will come to a pedestrian traffic lights, and do a U turn immediately after those lights (Point B on the Google Map link), and then enter the second gate of your left – there is a sign Drimnagh Castle on the entrance wall - http://goo.gl/maps/hWMzK
Their website provides GPS co-ordinates if you are driving to there - http://www.drimnaghcastle.org/#!contact-us/c2q4
Written May 2, 2014
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Dr. Chuck Bauer
Alexandria, VA44 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
My wife and I took the Number 123 Bus from ChristChurch directly to the Drimnagh Castle (You will need to tell the Driver your destination). The bus stop is across the street from the Long Mile Inn. The Castle entrance is down the Main Street about 150 yards from the Inn. On the way pray that Charlie the Grounds keeper is available and willing to provide a private tour of the Castle and its grounds. He has been with the property for many years and knows all the stories of the various owners, the difficult task to restore the Castle in the early 1990's (excellent restoration - this is not Disneyland), and the various rooms and towers of the building. Like us, you will find Charlie one of the delights of your Dublin visit. Then, there is the Long Mile Inn and yes the Chef doesn't boast; his cheese burger is indeed a meal to die for; take the 123 bus back to Central Dublin - easy trip.
Written November 12, 2017
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Thanks Chuck, we are so glad that you enjoyed your tour of Drimnagh Castle 🏰 We hope to see you again one day. 👍
Written August 20, 2018
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  • Mon - Thu 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM