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Portumna Castle and Gardens

Seventeenth-century splendour on the shores of Lough Derg

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Portumna Castle and Gardens

Seventeenth-century splendour on the shores of Lough Derg

See all opening times


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

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Co. Galway
H53 YK27

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Portumna Castle and Gardens

Built by the fourth earl of Clanricarde, Portumna Castle was the de Burgo family power base for centuries.

The castle is a unique example of the transitional Irish architecture of the early 1600s. Its bold design combines elements of medieval and Renaissance style that complement each other perfectly.

A major fire in 1826 left the castle a roofless shell, but the state began to bring it back from ruin in the 1960s. Restoration work continues to this day.

The dramatic walk up to the building includes charming formal gardens, which create an enchanting sense of the original seventeenth-century setting. The walled kitchen garden is particularly memorable.

The castle enjoys a sensational view of Lough Derg. The ground floor is open to the public and houses an exhibition that brings the story of the castle and the de Burgo family to life. It is right beside the River Shannon and Portumna Forest Park, which makes it a great choice for a delightful day out.

Opening Times

17 March – 5  November 2023

26 October – 5 November:

Open daily from 10:00 – 17:00

Last admission: 16:15


Co. Galway
H53 YK27

090 974 1658 and 090 9742003

Getting Here

Portumna town – adjacent to lake, the River Shannon and Portumna Forest Park.

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  • Art
  • Baby Changing
  • Brochure
  • Café
  • Car park
  • Exhibition
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided tours
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
  • WiFi


  • Dogs on lead
  • Limited Access


Social Guide

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

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