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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
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Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
$48.31 per adult
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Spectacular!
Weather was perfect! Amount of time at each stop was ideal. Pace of the tour was great. And John the tour guide was awesome! Beautiful day trip in every way possible!
Dave_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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John the driver was...
Donal_C, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
John the driver was excellent. He was just what you want in a guide. Would use him again. Great trip.
star-5
Perfect day
Tracy_Z, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
It started with a photo stop at a beautiful castle. The day was warming up and the sun was peaking out. Our guide kept us entertained on the way by pointing out the sites. We stopped by the cliffs twice, once at Moher, which as expected had amazing views and once again after lunch for more beautiful coast line. Lunch was delicious.
star-5
Gerard is an awesome guide/driver
Teresa_C, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Every stop on this tour was completely enjoyable. Gerard was our guide and he kept us all pretty coordinated so we could spend the most time enjoying the sites as possible. The cliffs are just simply stunning-a can’t miss experience
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Wonderful
Gladys_S, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Excellent tour. Opportunity to hike the cliffs and view nature at its best. Knowledge of tour guide was admirable and Gerard an excellent driver. A long day but one treasured.
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Beautiful sites!
richard_m, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The sites were incredibly beautiful. We were fortunate to have a friendly and we informed guides. I would highly recommend this tour for first time or experienced travellers.
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Exceptional guide.
Rebecca_W, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
John was an exceptional guide! He made even a foggy day a winner. USB plugins and Wi-Fi on the bus would be a nice addition.
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An absolute MUST! John is the best!
Samantha_W, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
John gave us an amazing and unforgettable experience, from the big stops at the Cliffs of Moher and Burren to all of the interesting commentary on the bus. He was accommodating, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. Took us to a fantastic restaurant in Doolin for lunch as well - the chowder and the local beer (Dooliner) were phenomenal! Despite the Cliffs being misty and foggy when we went, still felt it was a fantastic tour.
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Amazing ...
Elise_L, May 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Amazing Lots of different landscapes and a super experience. When I went to the cliff of moher I couldn’t see nothing because the flog but i need to relive this experience again with a great weather 😁 Thanks ☺️
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Wonderful Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher from Galway
AnnaMaria_A, Apr 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
This day trip was the perfect way to see the amazing Cliffs of Moher! Our tour guide John was very attentive and knowledgable. My friends and I liked how our lunch stop had locally sourced food and drink. The only bummer was that the Aillwee Cave was closed the day we went on the tour, which nobody had any control over.
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Our guide John was the...
Markus_P, Apr 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Our guide John was the best! very knowledgable and kind! thank you, John, we really enjoyed our trip!
star-5
Best day trip ever
Annmargaret_O, Apr 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Just a wonderful day all around. With our guide Gerard, who told us so much of the history of the areas, it was fantastic!!
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What a Beautiful country...
Anna_V, Apr 2022
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
What a Beautiful country Ireland is !!! Cliff of moher scenery was green and breathtaking , our guide had a great sense of humor , it was a day well spent . Overall an amazing experience !

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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