Dunluce Castle: Medieval Irish Castle on the Antrim Coast

The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north 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 1550s, 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 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.

Visitor information includes an audio visual tour of the castle, with a ‘treasure hunt’ encouraging younger visitors to explore. A Dunluce Castle app for iPhone and android devices is available free of charge from the App Store and Google Play.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

1st December - 31st January 2015
Dunluce Castle is open 10:00 to 16:00. Last admission is 15:30

Additional Information:

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.


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

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Bushmills Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

On A2 approximately 3 miles East of Portrush on the road to Bushmills.
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Parking Available
  • Family Discount
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