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Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle

Free admission

The Basics

Visitors can explore the castle’s modest interior and climb to the top of the 75-foot (22-meter) tower for daytime views over Galway Bay, or purchase tickets for a twice-nightly medieval banquet, which includes a 4-course candlelit dinner complete with Celtic music, mead, and storytelling. The castle is also seen on guided day tours from Galway and Dublin that typically also visit other area attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and the Aillwee Cave, as well as parts of the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
$53.32 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The perfect day!
As soon as we all loaded onto the bus, I knew that this was going to be an amazing tour. John quickly made us all feel welcome, and the information he shared along the way was absolutely fantastic! There is no other way to see the west of Ireland, all while getting bits and pieces of history that you wouldn’t be able to research on your own. If you’re thinking of booking: DO IT. And if you should get John, you’re in for an added treat!
Emily, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Cliffs with rain
NancyBrennan, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Even though it was raining and the fog prevented us from a good view, John had explained that the fog could lift at anytime. And it did! We were blessed with a great view, the rest of the trip was perfect!
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Definitely recommend
Sydney_T, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
It was a great trip! Totally worth the money, as we saw so many things and got some really great pictures. The tour guide, John, was amazing as well, he had so much to tell us along every road, and he was very helpful and kind.
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Amazing experience
Zainab_A, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The tour was will organized The driver john was friendly and helpful He was punctual on time and gave alot of useful information along tge trip
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Lovely trip!
Lauren_M, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
This was a lovely tour visiting the cliffs of moher and surrounding Burren. Our driver Gerard was full of interesting facts along the journey and was very friendly. I thought it was amazing for what the price was and would highly recommend!
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We had a lovely day at...
Monika_S, Aug 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
We had a lovely day at Cliffs of Moher and Burren. The views were spectacular! The drive was pleasant as well thanks to our driver John who was telling intresting stories on the way.
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Fantastic tour (guide) definitely recommend
Heghine, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
We had a lovely tour with John, the places were absolutely beautiful and he was a brilliant tour guide
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Well organised
Bhavika_S, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The tour was very well organised. John was very nice and his knowledge about the region was extremely insightful. The place for lunch was very good, especially since it was completely carbon neutral, as explained by out waitress Cecile.
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Beautiful Ireland
GoPlaces16926306555, Sep 2019
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The two day trips were perfect. The Coach Drivers were very professional, friendly and well humoured. The coach was clean and comfortable.
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Lilly's was wonderful . Coaches were...
Esther O, Sep 2016
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Lilly's was wonderful . Coaches were clean and comfortable and their drivers polite and full of knowegle about all the areas we toured
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Amazing Daytrip
Lina, Sep 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
It was a wonderful day trip to the Burren, including the Cliffs of Mother, Aillwee Cave and some photo stops. Our driver and guide John was really great - he gave a lot of interesting and sometimes funny information during the bus drive, so time was passing quickly during driving. If he was not speaking (what happened rarely) we listened to traditional Irish music - it was a great day!
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Cliffs of Moher
A_T, Aug 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
This was a great fun tour to experience. John was our tour guide and he had so much knowledge on everything along the route. The lunch stop was flawless, quick service and delicious options
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Amazing ,
Marie_Lee, Aug 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Tour guide very knowledgeable, such an amazing trip , definitely recommend it , Sunny weather also , had plenty of time for a lovely dinner ,

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The castle is not wheelchair accessible.

  • The roof terrace is small and accessible only via a narrow spiral staircase that may not be suitable for those who may get claustrophobic.

  • It’s best to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven surfaces.

  • Banquet experiences must be booked in advance.

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How to Get There

Dunguaire Castle is located on the southeastern tip of Galway Bay, about half a mile (900 meters) north of the town of Kinvara. Parking is available across the street. The easiest way to get there is via guided tour, with most departing from central locations in Dublin or Galway, and some included hotel pickup and drop-off.

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When to Get There

The castle is open from April to mid-September from 10am to 4pm. Arrive early in the morning to see the castle at its quietest. Medieval banquets take place twice nightly, at 5:30pm and 8:45pm, and last about two hours and 15 minutes.

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Tips for Photographing Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire is often touted as the most photographed castle in Ireland. With its fabulous setting on the edge of Galway Bay, it’s not hard to see why so many have pointed their lenses in its direction. To get the perfect shot, check out the Galway Bay tide times in advance and schedule your visit for when the tide is in so you can capture the castle’s reflection in the water below.

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