Dun na sead castle / Baltimore Castle

Dun na sead castle / Baltimore Castle

Dun na sead castle / Baltimore Castle
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Robin S
Worcester, UK34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Hmmm ... I was expecting a bit more. As far as I can tell, this is just someones house. The ground floor appears to be their living area (which is gated off) the first floor has a large open plan hall.

There are various display boards which tell the story of the clan that ariginally built/occupied it, how they traded as pirates, raided waterford and got raided themselves. There are various galleries where the story is re-told in a slightly different order.

The hall has various items of the owners furniture (various settees, chairs, book cases etc) and numerous family photos in frames. If your kids were expecting a "pirate" adventure, he has his pet parrot in a cage that you are advised not to touch.

Overall, it felt more like someones house than a castle.

I would say a reasonable visit time would be around 10 to 15 minutes. Having paid €15 for the three of us, we felt somewhat underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, it's quite a nice house and a good size, but I am not really sure I would have paid €5 a head to wander around someone's (admittedly quite large) living room.
Written September 5, 2022
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nuala372
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
This is well worth a visit when in Baltimore. A hugely interesting story about Pirates ans slaves. The interior is very well restored and has an original atmosphere. Family run business and the family actually live in the castle. Terrific viewing platform also. Highly recommended.
Written September 4, 2023
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Carmen C
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We visited this lovely rebuild and decorated castle. The displayed ancient pieces and information boards about the castle and history of Baltimore were interesting.
But unfortunatly the visit was strongly overshadowed by the condition in which a parrot in the main room of the castle was held. Not only was the parrot held alone, but his cage was dirty and so tiny, the cage wasen't even big enough for the parrot to strech both his wings...
Written July 23, 2022
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Suzanne P
New York City301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Dun Na Sead is a charming, cozy stone castle adjacent to Baltimore Harbour. What added an interesting spin to my visit were my travel companions. A couple of them are in the O'Driscoll family, the family who owned the castle during the middle ages. And if that wasn't thrilling enough, I found out that they were pirates (The castle owners, not my friends.)

Since the O'Driscolls hadn't been the lords of the manor for almost four hundred years, it would have been unseemly to storm the castle brandishing cutlasses to gain entrance, so we paid our 4 euros like everyone else.

Dun Na Sead (which means "fort of the jewels" in Gaelic) has been a ruin since the late 17th century. It is now owned by the McCarthy family who completely restored it. They followed the original design and matched the new exterior stonework to the remains of the ruin.

True to its pirate roots, when entering, one encounters a live parrot by the great hall entrance. The great hall is furnished and there is signage pertaining to the castle's history. The original fireplaces are still there.

Upstairs there are two galleries. One of them contains information on Baltimore's piratical history.

Staring imperviously out at the sea, is a life sized figure of Captain Jan Janszoon Van Haarlem aka Murat Reis The Younger. In 1631 he captained an Algerian pirate ship which sailed into Baltimore , kidnapped 107 residents and sold them into slavery in Africa. The captives never returned.

From the galleries there is access to the battlements which offer an arresting view of Baltimore Harbour. With a cannon poised in the corner as a warning to all who mean harm to Dun Na Sead, it is easy to get wrapped up in one's imagination. One can almost espy treasure laden ships sailing into the harbor and transporting their ill-gotten cargo to the cove.

But in reality, while standing on the battlements one will see beach goers, pleasure boats and fishing vessels belonging to this vibrant seaside community. Definitely worth a visit.

I'd like to thank my wonderful friend Grace for the great picture of the castle rising out of the mist.
Written August 18, 2015
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kirsty r
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
We just popped in as the weather was bad and there was a sign to say the castle was open. When we went up the stairs, the owner came out and unfortunately I can only say- accosted us with a very pointed comment that we should pay €5 for simply walking up the stairs! We felt very uncomfortable with this and I don't think it is unreasonable to want to have a look first inside the building to see what you are going to pay for. When I politely asked the name of the parrot the owner went so far as to completely ignore my question. We are wondering how much does it cost to know the name of the parrot. We were surprised by such a mercenary welcome, something that I have rarely experienced in my whole lifetime spent in Ireland. There were only 2 other people in the building, not a queue of people and it was heavy rain outside. All we would like to say to the owners is- Kindness costs nothing!
Written September 24, 2019
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey16,031 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Do not miss this interesting museum. It is well worth the 4 € entry fee. It has just the right amount of historical information and one can really learn a lot. Relatively small, easy to take in and very enjoyable. In 2015 this castle will be 800 years old and after the years of disrepair it is in its full glory. It belonged to O' Driscoll's and the exhibit features the story of local piracy and British colonization. From the high balcony there is a nice view of the area including the marina - a great photo opportunity. Notice the well worn old stairs from the street level to the castle parallel to the new stairs.
Also wanted to mention that the museum had a very helpful, nice, knowledgable and competent gentleman custodian.
Written May 20, 2014
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London24
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
A wonderful setting, a great way to time travel, learn about the past, and enjoy stunning views of Baltimore harbour.
Written June 3, 2014
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Caoimhin
Edmonton, Canada31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
if you are down in Baltimore, be sure to check into Dun na sead castle and take in some of the history. A Beautiful area to see.
Written October 28, 2018
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taniabeau
Abu Dhabi UAE5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Eight years restoration, and what a beautiful job the owners have done. A privilege to be able to see inside. Lots of hitorical info displayed, about the Pirates and sacking of the village.
Written September 17, 2014
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TipperaryIrishJohn
Stari Grad, Croatia124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Well worth the effort. Very educational and the Owner/Lady was extremely courteous and helpful. Kids will love it too, theres a live Parrot and Pirates galore. Great view from the top over Baltimore.
Written June 24, 2014
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