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Dunluce Castle is one of the best castles in Ireland. Even though it’s ruined, but still is featured in many TV shows and films like Game of Thrones. The location is majestic and beautiful as it’s beside the sea and sets a great photo spot.

Dunluce Castle

The dramatic history and picturesque view make this place a must-visit in Northern Ireland.

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is situated in Antrim County, Ireland. Trust me if you are exploring Northern Ireland so this is a must-visit place for you.

Dunluce Castle

This magnificent piece of art is actually a famous archaeological site in Northern Ireland that has stood the passing of many tough times. This castle made on a cliff facing the Atlantic Ocean is full of stories, legends, and interestingly ghost stories as well.

History of Dunluce Castle

This Castle was constructed in the 13th century for the MacQuillan family who was a pretty powerful family at that time. After their fall the castle was handed over to many powerful families and dynasties.

 Dunluce Castle

But in the 16th century, it was passed to the Macdonnell family who was known to be the most influential people of that time. Being one of the wealthiest families, they expanded the fort and built several things like the garden and various halls.

Later in the 17th century, this significant fortress was partially destroyed during the war of the three kingdoms. The castle was later abandoned and then later turned into an attractive and famous tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.

Exploring Dunluce Castle

You can also opt for a guided tour to make the most of your visit. It will take you through all the rooms, chambers, halls, and staircases of the fort.

Dunluce Castle

It’s a really different experience altogether listening to the stories. Like once there was such a storm in which the sea water level rose so much that it destroyed the meal prepared in the Kitchen. But there was a maid preparing the meal in the kitchen who unfortunately died because the kitchen crashed into the sea. Since then people say that they still experience her creams and some paranormal activities

There is also an arched bridge which I suggest visiting. It gives a complete view of the whole place and the mighty sea in front of you. Walking on that bridge is really an experience of its own. Watching the sea waves on both the side and the height really made me thrilled.

dunluce castle history

You will be thrilled to know that this castle played a very significant role in the Battle of Dunluce in 1588. During that time the owner of this castle was Macdonnell who had very close tie-ups with the Irish Forces. Eventually, the English military bombarded this castle but was later repaired by the family

Narnia and Dunluce Castle

If you are a fan of the Narnia series then this might be a great place for you. Because Dunluce castle is the place that inspired Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Game of Thrones and Dunluce Castle

Dunluce castle recently became a hotspot for tourists when it has recently appeared in the famous TV show Game of thrones. Though there were some improvements through CGI if you have sharp memory you might recognize it as the Greyjoy Castle.

Pyke Castle

The castle was the inspiration to create Pyke Castle on Iron Island.


Frequently Asked Questions – Dunluce Castle

How To Get To Dunluce Castle?

Dunluce Castle is located on Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast and about 3 miles outside of Portrush village. The castle is a short drive from Bushmills; so, you can drive through the way or even all the local buses stop at this tourist spot.

Parking And Timings At Dunluce Castle?

Dunluce Castle is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, you need to purchase tickets to get inside, and the entrance closes at 4.30 p.m.

You can park your vehicle near the visitor’s center here.

Is Dunluce Castle Worth Visiting?

A castle from the 1500s that has seen so many battles and is still considered an outstanding natural beauty that beholds the authentic Irish culture; is definitely worth one visit.

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I will say Dunluce Castle was a whole different experience. Walking through the lush greenery and exploring the rooms and chambers of this famous archaeological site was truly something to remember. I enjoyed the nature around it too.

It is a perfect place to visit during a summer afternoon and improve your knowledge. Also as a GOT fan, this was on my list to visit for a long time.

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