Our Video

Castle Tour

Dunguaire Castle and its history lies at the heart of the Ireland’s literary revival in the early 20th century.

It was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan on the picturesque shores of Galway Bay. This restored 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay. 

View Castle Tour


In the early 17th century the castle passed into the hands of the Martyn’s of Galway.

Richard Martyn, Mayor of Galway lived here until 1642 and the Martyn’s of Tulira Castle, owned the castle until this century.

View History


School Tours

Built in 1520 by the mighty Rory Mor O'Shaughnessy, Dunguaire Castle has witnessed sieges, warring clans and renowned literary figures.

Your class will experience what life is like in a medieval castle and hear about the past inhabitants. From Oliver St John Gogarty to George Bernard Shaw, WB Yeats and Lady Gregory. Dunguaire has a long history that encompasses a broad range of Irish History.

Tours can be booked on 061 711222 or emailing
Prices start at €3 per student

View Education

Subscribe for newsletter updates

Plan Your Visit

This 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay its architecture is simple yet magnificent. A short stroll from the village for you to enjoy as the castle is just 300 yards outside the lovely village of Kinvara.

Getting Here


Shannon Heritage is constantly looking at ways to enhance our customer experiences with value adding products and services.

We are delighted to offer our customers an Annual Membership programme that offers many benefits to users. 

Both cards offer special admission rates to all Shannon Heritage day visitor attractions and evening entertainments in Counties: Clare, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. 

Members can also avail of discounts on all purchases at Shannon Heritage operated Tea Rooms and Gift Shops.

More About Membership