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Aughnanure Castle

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Address: Oughterard, Ireland
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Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque...

Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. In 1546 the O'Flaherty's motto "Fortune favours the strong" and the powerful Mayo O'Malleys Motto "Powerful by land and by sea", were joined in the marriage of Donal an Chogaidh O'Flaherty and Grainuaile/Grace O'Malley. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.

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Not a commercial tourist attraction but a Tower House and ruins maintained by Heritage Ireland. Worth the visit with informative notice boards. A remnant of when the O'Flaherty's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 September 2016
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Not a commercial tourist attraction but a Tower House and ruins maintained by Heritage Ireland. Worth the visit with informative notice boards. A remnant of when the O'Flaherty's were the ruling family in this area. Being a member of English Heritage this entitled us to free admission!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Just a short drive outside of Galway City and you're at an amazing castle. Well laid out with new information boards. Great staff, so friendly and helpful. We always have so much fun there. It's so quiet and peaceful. Takes you back in time.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped here as we saw signs for it on the road as we were driving. To our surprise, admission was free, as the 1st Wednesday of every month it's always free. It's an easy self guided tour. This is nice to do with the family.

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Nottingham, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The name comes from the field of yews that grow and surround the land.This is one of the tower houses, and was built by the O'Flaherty's, a very notable family.

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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Excellent Irish Tower castle and you get a sense for how the site was laid out, but it's crying out for something or more likely someone to bring this to life. We had a pleasant hour strolling about, but this is desperate for an enthusiastic and dramatic guide to give this place some character and life. I'm never a fan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This was a great example of an Irish tower castle. The site was beautiful. Great for a picnic! Well worth the drive to this Heritage Site!!

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San Jose, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We stopped here on a rainy day and it was still one of my husband's favorites. He liked the history and I loved taking pictures. This place is beautiful, informative and reasonably priced.

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Thank SuburbsSteph
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

This is a small, not commercial, not tourist laden castle. The curators clearly love the place. It is surrounded by lush green trees, and a babbling brook. The Castle is accessible to all levels apart from the top. The drive in and out requires nerves of steel, as the roads are narrow, and you will meet oncoming traffic that you... More 

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Halle, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

The castle in itself (a towerhouse) is worth the visit but the site also offers a lot of information on both the strategic use of the tower house and the specific history of Aughnanure and the O'Flaherty's.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Aughnanure Castle is a quaint but very nice castle to visit, I did think the visit was overpriced though as the grounds themselves are not much to write home about. It's hard to pick and chose the visits you want to take on the west coast but this one is very practical, just a small detour off the road between... More 

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