It’s in the small village of Kinvara that the magnificent Dunguaire Castle stands, a 16th-century castle on the south-eastern shore of Galway Bay. Considered as the most photographed castle in all of Ireland, Dunguaire Castle is open to the public during the summer, and offers a most exceptional panorama of the port of Kinvara and the Atlantic Ocean…
The castle would have been built in 1520 by the Hynes clan, a family reigning over the region
since 662. According to legend, the castle was built on the site where once stood the royal palace of Guaire mac Aidne Colmáin, one of the most famous kings of Connacht.
It was in the 17th century that the castle changed hands and now belongs to Oliver Martin. In the 20th century, Dunguaire Castle was redeemed again and fell into the hands of the most famous poet and surgeon, Oliver St John Gogarty.
The latter then renovates the castle, and makes it a meeting place for great artists, such as William Butler Yeats, or even George Bernard Shaw.
In 1954, the castle was bought by Lady Christobel Ampthill, and renovations continued until the castle was finally bought by “Shannon Development”, an Irish company managing many Irish tourist sites, which decided to open every summer the castle to the public.
Dunguaire Castle consists of a large square tower protected by a defensive wall.
Built on the shore of Galway Bay, the construction site is as idyllic as it is strategic, and allowed the era to effectively fight against enemy assaults.
The visit of the castle is only possible in summer, and gives you access to an interior courtyard, as well as upstairs overlooking banquet halls as well as richly decorated rooms …
During the tourist season, the castle organizes medieval banquets every evening, where you will be welcomed by Irish people in period costume, who will offer you a real feast … (Please note that you must reserve your place several days in advance !).