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Aughnanure Castle

A historical gem in the heart of Connemara

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Aughnanure Castle

A historical gem in the heart of Connemara

See all opening times

Limited Access

Castle closed. Grounds only open daily 10:00 to 17:00, last admission 16:30.
Free admission
Maximum number of visitors on site - 40.
No public toilet facilities on site.
Site may close for lunch subject to availability of Guides.
Social distancing adhered to throughout the grounds - please follow Guides instructions.

Admission

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Getting here

Aughnanure
Oughterard
Co. Galway
H91 PX20

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Aughnanure Castle

The fearsome O’Flaherty family, whose motto was ‘Fortune favours the strong’, ruled west Connacht for 300 years from this fine six-storey tower on the shores of Lough Corrib.

In 1546 the O’Flahertys joined forces with the Mayo O’Malleys when Donal an Chogaidh O’Flaherty married Grace O’Malley, later known as Granuaile, the formidable pirate queen. The O’Malley motto, ‘Powerful by land and by sea,’ showed the awe in which that family, too, was held.

At Aughanure today you can inspect the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour. Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of the three species of bat that now live in the castle.

Opening Times

27 February – 15 November

Last Admission 45 mins before closing.

Seasonal Opening Times

22 August - 21 October

Open 22 August

Saturday – Wednesday only ( Closed Thurs & Friday)

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Last admission 16:30

22 October – 04 November

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Last admission 16:30

05 November – 15 November

Daily 09:30– 16:00

Last Admission 15:15

Contact

Aughnanure
Oughterard
Co. Galway
H91 PX20

091 552 214

Getting Here

3.5km from Oughterard off N59 – Oughterard to Galway road.

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Facilities

  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • River Walk

Restrictions

  • Hold hand rail
  • Limited Access
  • Stay back from edge
  • Uneven walkways

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