Aughnanure Castle
Aughnanure Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. In 1546 the O'Flaherty's motto "Fortune favours the strong" and the powerful Mayo O'Malleys Motto "Powerful by land and by sea", were joined in the marriage of Donal an Chogaidh O'Flaherty and Grainuaile/Grace O'Malley. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.
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nickcrouch12
Birmingham, United Kingdom22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The guide had a lot to say about this tower house of the 1500s and it was all very interesting as an insight into the people of those times. The informaation boards were clear and interesting too. Altogether a surprise find that was well worth the trip. Recommended
Written June 27, 2022
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WBin
Singapore, Singapore462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A lovely way to see a castle surrounded by a moat and drawbridge in person which I only read in books. There are horses beside the car park and they are so friendly you could get upclose to them. It is a short walk from the car park to the castle and you could get up close to see it. We didn’t go inside but we enjoyed seeing it from all angles from outside.
Written June 1, 2023
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Sile_kay9
Dublin, Ireland18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
It was a pity the main living quarters tower was closed because of Covid but the grounds were beautiful. It’s a small area but worth a stop in if you’re in the area. Would visit here and glengalow mines in the same trip as they’re near by to each other. No toilets available or cafe etc but a great piece of Irish history here And the O’flagherty family.
Written September 18, 2020
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Karen D
Cobh, Ireland11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Only the bottom level is open due to Covid restrictions. Site was compleet free of charge to enter (for August or all of 2021, I'm unsure.) Guides are friendly and eager to share info, got my gruesome twosome excited about the murder hole. It is a pity you can't picnic onsite but I can understand if people have littered previously.
Written August 17, 2021
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Margaretann218
Keysville, VA22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
The story of the O'Flaherty's was fascinating. What a fierce group! The castle is well kept, and you are allowed to wander it and its grounds on your own. The signs are very informative. We enjoyed visiting a not so touristy place, and we learned so much!
Written May 4, 2013
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Ed O
Chateauguay, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
Took the time to drive from Kilkenny to the Aughnanure Castle (O'Flaherty Castle). One of the ancient ruins undergoing some renovation and preservation. Very informative staff who appear to really enjoy their jobs.
Written November 19, 2016
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Clare B
Seattle, WA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
We stopped here towards the end of the day spontaneously due to the sign out on the main road and were pleasantly surprised. A woman named Jenny talked to us for a long time and gave us a tour around. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the tower, as well as the history and land of Ireland in general, and was very friendly and charismatic. This was probably our favorite attraction during our entire week-long stay in Ireland, largely because of our great tour guide. I highly recommend stopping here!
Written April 15, 2012
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Chris F
Carlton1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
Our experience was extraordinary. We learned more about Irish history, Connemara, this particular tower house, and the ecology and culture of the region in an hour than we had in days of study elsewhere. The staff member Jenny who assisted us was exceptionally talented and friendly, with a degree in archeology-- she really knew her stuff. Ask her questions if you get the chance, she is wonderfully knowledgeable. If you really want to learn about Ireland, do not miss this one!
Written April 10, 2012
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Frank C
Wilmington, DE123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
This is the ruins of an old castle. One of the buildings still stands tall but was closed for renovations when I visited (e.g. no tours). If you're in the area or driving by, it's worth stopping here. But, don't make a special trip to visit. It's not that special.
Written July 3, 2015
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Scott C
Shrewsbury, MA91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
While on a tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland, we had the pleasure of spending time at Aughnanure Castle. The grounds were very quiet and well preserved. We enjoyed climbing the castle to visit the various rooms. A note to other travelers: at the castle, they were advertising (at the ticket office) a heritage pass which would have given us a discount for entry. This was the first time we saw information on a pass. Unfortunately, we were well into our trip and purchasing the pass would not have been cost effective. If one is traveling extensively throughout Ireland and is planning on visiting many historical sites, it may be worth your time to investigate this pass. The castle is beautiful. Hope this helps!
Written February 24, 2012
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