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Dunluce Castle Medieval Irish Castle on the Antrim Coast
Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim

The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513.

It was seized by the ambitious MacDonnell clan in the 1550's, who set about stamping their mark on the castle under the leadership of the famous warrior chieftain Sorely Boy MacDonnell during an era of violence, intrigue and rebellion.

In the 17th century Dunluce was the seat of the earls of County Antrim and saw the establishment of a small town in 1608. Visitors can explore the findings of archaeological digs within the cobbled streets and stone merchants’ houses of the long-abandoned Dunluce Town.

The dramatic history of Dunluce is matched by tales of a banshee and how the castle kitchens fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639.

A Dunluce Castle app for iPhone and android devices is available free of charge from the App Store and Google Play.

There is limited disabled access for wheelchair users. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

No dogs allowed except guide dogs and assistance dogs.

Opening times

Daily

31 Oct – 30 Nov: 10.00 – 17.00 (last entry 16.30)

1 Dec – 31 Jan: 10.00 – 16.00 (last entry 15.30)

1 Feb – 31 March – 10.00 – 17.00 (last entry 16.30)

Price list

Adult - £5.00, Seniors/OAPS £3.00

Child (age 4 - 16) - £3.00

Student and Benefit Claimants (ID required) - £3.00

Child under 4 - Free

Family (up to 5 members) - £13.00

Group rate(10 plus, must be pre-booked) - £3 per person

Facilities

  • Family Discount
  • Parking Available
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

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Facilities

Facilities

  • Family Discount
  • Parking Available
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
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Dunluce Castle Medieval Irish Castle on the Antrim Coast

Address
87 Dunluce Road
Bushmills
County Antrim
BT57 8UY
Phone number
T: (028) 2073 1938
Email
Web Address
www.communities-ni.gov.uk/topics/historic-environment
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