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Dungarvan Castle

Journey back to the dawn of Anglo-Norman rule in Ireland

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Dungarvan Castle

Journey back to the dawn of Anglo-Norman rule in Ireland

See all opening times

Site Closed

Closed for 2023 Season


Free admission

Getting here

Castle Street
Co. Waterford
X35 DV58

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Dungarvan Castle

This castle dates from the early days of the Anglo-Norman settlement in Ireland. It was built c.1209 to safeguard the entrance to Dungarvan Harbour. The polygonal shell keep – a rare building type in Ireland – is the earliest structure on the site.

The castle has an enclosing curtain wall, a corner tower and a gate tower. Within the wall is a two-storey military barracks, which dates from the first half of the eighteenth century. It was used by the British Army and the Royal Irish Constabulary until 1922. During the Irish Civil War Dungarvan Castle was destroyed by the Anti-Treaty IRA.  It was subsequently refurbished and served as the Headquarters of the local Garda Síochana.

Today the Barracks and Castle grounds are open to visitors. Inside you will find a revealing exhibition on the Castle’s long and intriguing history.

Opening Times

25 May – 02 October 2023

Dungarvan Castle will revert to the following hours from Monday 14th August.

Monday : Closed

Tuesday : Closed

Wed:   10:00 – 18:00

Thurs   10:00- 18:00

Fri :      10.00- 18.00

Sat:      10.00 -18.00

Sun:     10:00 – 18:00

Last admission 17:15


Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes.



Castle Street
Co. Waterford
X35 DV58

058 48144

Getting Here

Located at eastern end of Davitt’s Quay/Castle Street

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  • Audio Visual Show
  • Baby Changing
  • Brochure
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Lift
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Hold hand rail
  • No cycling within the grounds


Social Guide

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

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