Donegal Castle

CASTLE STREET, DONEGAL TOWN

Built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the fifteenth century, Donegal Castle was home to Hugh Roe (Red Hugh) O’Donnell (1572-1602) until his departure for Spain in 1601 when he reduced it to ashes so that it would not fall into the hands of the English forces.  Donegal Castle has extensive seventeenth-century additions by Sir Basil Brooke.  The castle 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.

Opening Times:  Easter – September: Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; September – April: Thursday – Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Last admission 45 minutes before closing time).

Telephone:  +353 (0)74 972 2405

E-mail:  donegalcastle@opw.ie

Website:  www.heritageireland.ie

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