Donegal castle was the principle residence of the great royal family of the O'Donnells, who ruled the Kingdom of Tir Chonaill from 1200 until 1601.

Built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, Donegal Castle has extensive 17th century additions. It is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O’Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family.

On nearby Lough Eske there is a tiny island on which the ruins of what was a prison the O’Donnells kept their prisoners in. All that remains is one wall and even that is mostly hidden by the trees that now fill the tiny island.

  • 15th century castle
  • Furnished with Persian rugs and French tapestries
  • History from the castle owners the ‘O’Donnell’ chieftains

Open all year

9 November 2023 – Mid March 2024
Daily – 09:30 – 16:00
Last admission 15:15

23 March – 08 November 2023
Daily 10:00 – 17:30
Last admission 16:45

Note: Check website for updates before travelling



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

Useful Information

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PARKING: car and coach parking available close to site

ACCESSIBILITY: Limited accessible for people with disabilities


Getting There

In the centre of Donegal Town

Map Location: 54.654960, -8.110541
Contact Donegal Castle

Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Eircode: F94 P996
T: +353 (0)74 972 2405
W: heritageireland.ievisitplaces-to-visitdonegal-castle
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