Dunluce Castle, Bushmills
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87 Dunluce Road
Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8UY
Northern Ireland
+44 (0)28 2073 1938
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Dunluce Castle, Bushmills


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Dunluce Castle is simply spectacular. Not only is this precariously perched ruin picturesque, it's the most romantic of the Irish castles. What's more, Dunluce Castle boasts a colorful past. It sits on a headland that drops straight to the sea. It's washed on three sides by foaming seas. Richard Óg de Burgh, the 2nd Earl of Ulster, built the first castle on this site in the 13th century. The MacQuillans erected the drum towers in the late 14th century. Sorley Boy MacDonnell, of the Scottish clan Donald, took possession of the castle when he claimed lordship of the territory in the mid-16th century. The strong fort, from the Irish Dún Lios, was the site of various struggles. The English besieged the castle in 1584. The Irish army burned the surrounding village in their failed attempt to unseat the McDonnells in 1641.
Getting There
Dunluce Castle is located at 87 Dunluce Road and is accessible from the A2. The ruins are situated 3.4 miles east of Portrush, 2.5 miles west of Bushmills and less than 1.5 miles from the area known as White Rocks.
Hours & Times
The castle is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 Easter through September and daily from 10:00 to 16:00 October through Easter. The last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Guided tours are available.
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Admission & Fees
Admission is charged. A reduced rate is available for children. Kids under 4 years of age are free of charge.
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Things to Keep in Mind
Hawk eyes and short reins are a necessity at this attraction. An arched walkway connects the castle with the mainland. The castle is partially wheelchair accessible.
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