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Visit one of Ireland’s most photographed castles, Dunguaire Castle. It is located just outside the picturesque fishing village of Kinvara in County Galway. This 16th century tower house sits eloquently perched on the shores of magical Galway Bay.

A tour of Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, County Galway, tells of its fascinating history, stories and folklore. Built in the 16th century by the O’ Hynes clan, the castle's name derives from the 'Dun of King Guaire', the legendary King of Connacht.

The castle comprises of a 75 foot tower, defensive wall, outer curtain wall surrounding a courtyard, towerlet and banquet hall.

In the early 20th century, surgeon, poet and playwright Oliver St John Gogarty purchased the castle and began to repair and restore the site. This was the time of the great Celtic revival in Irish literature, exemplified by the works of writers such as Synge, Yeats, Shaw and O' Casey. During this time, the castle became the meeting place for literary revivalists such as W.B. Yeats, his patron Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw and J.M. Synge.

In 1954, the castle was acquired by Christobel Lady Amptill who completed the restoration originally started by St John Gogarty.

Why we like it
  • Dunguaire Castle and its history lies at the heart of Ireland’s literary revival during the early 20th century.
  • The restored 16th century tower sits on a rocky outcrop with views of Galway Bay.
  • The castle is just a short stroll outside the beautiful coastal village of Kinvara.
  • Enjoy great entertainment and locally sourced food at a renowned medieval castle banquet.
Tips from locals

It is said, if a person stands at the front gate and asks a question, they will have an answer to their question by the end of the day.

Tips from locals

Visit 'Irish Enamels' based in Dunguaire Castle. All the products are of Celtic design and hand-crafted with inspiration taken from the local Irish landscape.

Family friendly
Rainy days
Free car parking
Pre-booking essential
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Contact details
Dungory East, Kinvarra, Co. Galway, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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