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Donegal Castle

One of Ireland’s most splendid Gaelic castles


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Donegal Castle

One of Ireland’s most splendid Gaelic castles


See all opening times

Site Closed


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

Getting here

Castle Street
Co. Donegal
F94 P996

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Donegal Castle

In the very heart of the county town, towering over the River Eske, stands Donegal Castle. Red Hugh O’Donnell himself built it as his personal fortress in the fifteenth century. It is said that, leaving to seek succour in Spain in the wake of the Battle of Kinsale, Hugh determined to make sure his castle would never ever fall into English hands – by setting it on fire.

But he was to be disappointed. English captain Sir Basil Brooke became the castle’s new lord in 1616. As part of a massive programme of improvements, Brooke built a handsome manor house beside the tower. He also commissioned the magnificent chimney-piece, finely decorated with carved fruit and his own imperious coat of arms.

The building complex fell into ruin in the twentieth century, but was brought back to its former glory in the 1990s. Currently, a suite of information panels illuminates the chequered history of the castle and its disparate owners.

Opening Times

Castle Closed.

Seasonal Opening Times

Easter – Mid September

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Mid September – Easter

Thursday – Monday 09:30 – 16:30


Castle Street
Co. Donegal
F94 P996

074 972 2405

Getting Here

In the centre of Donegal Town.

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  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Toilets


  • Limited Access

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Donegal Castle. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Donegal Castle.

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