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Dunguaire Castle

Find out the origins of one of Ireland’s most iconic castles with mesmerizing views of the water and scenic Galway.

Dunguaire Castle is a fascinating restored 16th-century castle that overlooks Galway Bay. Above its elegant design of stone walls and charming windows flies the Irish flag. Among the highlights are varied banquet dinner events, which replicate jolly medieval feasts. Follow the winding path that climbs the hill to reach the main portal of the castle.

Take a tour of the site to learn about its history and uses. Gaze up at the tower, which rises over the bay at a height of 75 feet (23 meters). Climb to its summit for spectacular views of the bay and the surrounding Galway countryside. Many patches of grass rise above the water, appearing like dozens of tiny islands.

Pass through the kitchen, banquet hall and chamber for a sense of how people lived centuries ago. Peruse the gift shop on the ground floor for souvenirs and memorabilia with a castle theme. Listen to tales of legends and aristocratic families from a docent in one of the rooms.

The castle is majestic at night, when lights generate a white glow. Reserve a spot at one of the banquet dinners that take place twice per evening. Singers, harpists and poetry readings are among the entertainment. Dine in candlelight and immerse yourself in the medieval good cheer.

Learn the history of the castle, which the O’Hynes clan constructed in 1520. Hear about its former inhabitants, including Galway’s 17th-century mayor and his family. The castle takes its name from King Guaire from the 7th century. It was reconstructed in the 1920s, when it became a hub for literary masters such as George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats.

The castle and its banquets are open between April and mid-October. There is a small fee to enter the castle, which is open from morning until late afternoon.

Walk east along the coast for just over 10 minutes from the main part of Kinvara to reach Dunguaire Castle. It stands on a small outcrop jutting into Galway Bay. Drive south around the bay for 1 hour from the city of Galway to reach the castle.

Popular Activities at Dunguaire Castle

Ensure you have heaps of time at Dunguaire Castle. Below are the best activities:

Want to discover this popular attraction is an unique and memorable way? Then you can't miss a Cliffs of Moher & Burren Full-Day Tour.

For even more things to do, have a look at our Galway things to do page.


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Best Lodging Options Near Dunguaire Castle

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Kinvara Guesthouse ¥9,354
Kinvara Guesthouse

Kinvara Guesthouse

The Square, Main Street, Kinvara, Galway
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Kinvara, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Dunguaire Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kilmacduagh and Galway Bay. Gort Golf Club and Corcomcoe Abbey are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Merriman Hotel ¥7,484
    Merriman Hotel

    Merriman Hotel

    Main Street, Kinvara, Galway
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Kinvara, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Dunguaire Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kilmacduagh and Galway Bay. Gort Golf Club and Coole Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Arches B&B ¥8,314
      Arches B&B

      Arches B&B

      Moy Rd, Kinvara, Galway
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Dunguaire Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kilmacduagh and Galway Bay. Gort Golf Club and Corcomcoe Abbey are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Clareview House
        Clareview House

        Clareview House

        Route 347, 3KM East of Kinvara, Kinvara, Galway
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Dunguaire Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Galway Bay and Coole Park. Thoor Ballylee and Gort Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Atlantic Retreat Lodge Kinvara
          Atlantic Retreat Lodge Kinvara

          Atlantic Retreat Lodge Kinvara

          Knockakilleen, Doorus, County Galway
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Doorus, this country house is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Galway Bay and within 12 mi (20 km) of Dunguaire Castle and Kilmacduagh. Corcomcoe Abbey and Gort Golf Club are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Weir Haven Boutique Bed & Breakfast
            Weir Haven Boutique Bed & Breakfast

            Weir Haven Boutique Bed & Breakfast

            Tyrone Avenue, Kilcolgan, Clarinbridge, County Galway
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Clarinbridge, this luxury country house is within 9 mi (15 km) of Galway Bay, Dunguaire Castle, and Oranmore Castle. Rinville Park and Galway Bay Golf And Country Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Coole Gate Lodge
              Coole Gate Lodge

              Coole Gate Lodge

              Coole Park, Gort, County Galway, Gort
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Gort, this vacation home is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Coole Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kilmacduagh and Dunguaire Castle. Gort Golf Club and Galway Bay are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Rafterys Court
                Rafterys Court

                Rafterys Court

                Killeely More, Clarinbridge, Galway (county)
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Clarinbridge, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Galway Bay, Dunguaire Castle, and Oranmore Castle. Galway Bay Golf And Country Club and Galway Clinic Private Hospital are also within 9 mi (15 km).