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Dunluce Castle Medieval Irish Castle on the Antrim Coast - CLOSED
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Given the rapidly evolving Coronavirus COVID-19 situation, Dunluce Castle is closed until further notice.

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 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.

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****CLOSURE OF DUNLUCE CASTLE ****

Given the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19, the Department for Communities has decided to close Dunluce Castle to the public from close of business on Tuesday 17 March and to cancel all events planned at any of the 190 State Care Monuments. Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of all of our visitors and staff, and we hope that people will understand why we have taken this unprecedented step.

Whilst Dunluce Castle is temporarily closed, and events will not take place, our large number of free to enter sites will remain open to visitors. Many of these sites have large open spaces in which visitors can maintain social distancing and they are often located in quieter spots away from crowds. We hope that people will continue to use these sites, in line with public health guidance.

We will also continue to carry out essential maintenance and preservation works to protect the State Care Monuments.

We look forward to announcing when we will be able to welcome visitors back to Dunluce Castle, and would like to thank the public for their support and patience.

Price list

Adult (18+) - £6.00

Child (age 5 - 17) - £4.00

Child under 5 - Free

Senior citizen (65+), Student and Benefit Claimants (ID required) - £4.50

Family (up to 5 members, including up to 3 adults) - £18.00

Group rate (15 plus, must be pre-booked) - £4.50 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 - CLOSED

Address
87 Dunluce Road
Bushmills
County Antrim
BT57 8UY
Phone number
T: (028) 2073 1938
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