Donegal Castle, Donegal

Currently Closed
  • Address: Castle Street, Donegal Town, Ireland
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +353-7322405
  • Ticket Price: 4 EUR
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: River, Castle, Historical Site, Monument, Family And Kids, Architecture , Fort
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About Donegal Castle, Donegal

Donegal is translated at ‘Dun nan nGall’ which means for of the foreigner. The fortress was built on a destroyed Viking Fort supposedly built around 1159. Further Sir O’Donnell built the Castle in 1474. In the history of Donegal the fortress proves to be the most popular monument due to its rich history. In the 1600’s the O’Donnell’s fled to Europe in the Flight of The earls to have the castle passed on to the English Crown, in the hands of Captain Basil Brooke.

Brooke added refurbished the old castle by adding windows and also constructed a new wing to the castle in Jacobean Architecture. The present day Donegal Castle still has all the additions made by Brooke. Towards the end of 18th Century, the castle was in state of ruins and in 1898 the Earl of Arran donated the castle to the Office of Public works. Since then many reparations are maintenance work is done on the castle keeping in sync with the technique of constructions used in the times of the Castle.

Completely constructed in stone, the Castle has an authentic Irish Charm which makes it a preferred spot for arranging high profile galas as well as increase Donegal’s Tourism. History has termed the fort as ‘The strongest fortress in the whole of Ireland’.

The panoramic view from the castle due to its location on the bend of the River Eske is magnificent, making this place a must-see.

Donegal Castle Ticket Prices

  • Adults- 4, Sen/ Group- 3
  • Child/Student- 2, Family- 10

Donegal Castle Opening and Closing Hours

  • Easter - Mid September - Daily: 10.00 - 18.00
  • Mid September - Easter - Thurs - Mon: 09.30 - 16.30
  • Last Admission: 45 minutes before closing.
  • Take the guided tour which is available every hour.

How To reach Donegal Castle by Public Transport

  • Donegal Bay Waterbus

Restaurants Near Donegal Castle

  • La Bella Donna Restaurant
  • Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh's Restaurant
  • The Weaver's Loft

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Things to Know Before Visiting Donegal Castle

  • 95% of people who visit Donegal include Donegal Castle in their plan

  • 55.2% of people start their Donegal Castle visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Donegal Castle

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

94.52% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Donegal Castle

People normally club together Doagh Famine Village and Magee Tweeds while planning their visit to Donegal Castle.

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  • This is a very nice castle to visit. And best of all it is not too expensive.

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