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Dysert O'Dea Castle and Archaeology Centre

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An enjoyable port of call but a dry day is recommended

Hidden away from civilization ( in the nicest sense) the castle and its grounds were a treat. The... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
nippersbank
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Excellent day trip!

We spent the day touring the castle and grounds. My sister and brother are O’Dea’s and so it was... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2018
Tanya M
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Fords, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found the place a bit disappointing. 5 euros each to walk up a tower with a load of half finished displays. There is a place for a coffee but don't be fooled 'tea rooms' it is a single table on the ground floor serving...More

Thank MrStuart64
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Hidden away from civilization ( in the nicest sense) the castle and its grounds were a treat. The area was a haven of almost silence and being able to roam freely was also a plus. The attendant in the castle was very cordial and informative.

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Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

We spent the day touring the castle and grounds. My sister and brother are O’Dea’s and so it was nice to take this tour of their heritage. The castle was an easy walk up with tower steps and hand railings. The rooms were rich with...More

1  Thank Tanya M
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

After touring several clan or Irish family defensive castles across many counties this one was our best! Having studied early stone architecture and making a pilgrimage to all four of our own O’Malley Clan castles (County Mayo) most locked from entry, this fully restored O’Dea...More

2  Thank Tammy M
Reviewed 3 July 2018

We had expected a centre where we could study the archaeology of the area. But the castle, while charming in its way, basically contains amateurish displays of the area's history, which badly need refreshing. Things may be better if you take the recommended walk. I...More

Thank The_Baptist
Reviewed 19 June 2018

The castle building has been restored so that you can go up to the roof for an excellent view. The rooms as you go up have been well restored and provide a nice glimpse into the past. More restoration for outside of the castle is...More

Thank BPONaperville_IL
Reviewed 11 June 2018

What a disappointment. You are charged 5 Euro and walk up the tower to find amateurish photos and posters strewn on tables. The tower essentially has nothing in it. It seems like a way for whoever still owns this place to make some money. It...More

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 27 September 2017

This wasn't on our radar. We actually saw the sign on the main road and decided to go for it. Glad we did. To be clear, we only went to the castle and not the monuments. We were on a bit of a schedule, so...More

1  Thank Linerguy
Reviewed 16 September 2017

We visited it in May of 2017: there's a great deal to see, & the woman who ran the Centre (name not known) was very friendly & helpful. It's very much worth a visit, as are a great many archaeological sites in Clare.

Thank Anthony Astore S
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Didn't get to visit this on my last trip, so I braved the muddy, cow-lane path to it from the major road (which is also a narrow road but seems like a highway compared to this road). Anyway, it was worth the anxiety because the...More

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