Dundrum Castle

Northern Ireland Environment Agency owned property
Believed to have been built in or around 1177, Dundrum Castle was built by John De Courcy as part of his coastal defence after he invaded Ulster. Dundrum Castle is located on a wooded hill north-west of Dundrum village near Newcastle. It controls access to Lecale and dominates Dundrum Bay. Its main purpose was to control the land routes from Drogheda to Downpatrick.

Access may be difficult for wheelchair users as the site is a sloping rocky knoll.

No unaccompanied children under the age of 16.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.


Admission Free.

Opening times:


10:00am-17:00pm Tue to Sun (1st Apr to 31 May 2014)

10:00am-17:00pm daily (1st Jun to 15th Sep 2014)

12noon-16:00pm Tue to Sun (16th Sep to 31st Oct 2014)

12noon-16:00pm Sun only (1st Nov 2014 to 28 Feb 2015)

**Please note the Castle will be closed from 25th to 27th December 2014 (Inclusive) and 1st January 2015 due to Public Holidays**

12noon-16:00pm Tue to Sun (1st Mar to 31st Mar 2015)

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Travelling in the direction towards Newcastle in Dundrum Village centre turn right onto the Manse road (Castle is sign posted). Take the 1st right onto the Castle Hill road and travel along this road for 0.2 miles. The Castle car park is on your right hand side.
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Contact Details

Dundrum Village
Co Down
BT33 0NF

Tel: (028) 9181 1491