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Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland, along the North Antrim coast. Surrounded by jaw dropping coastal scenery, its history is inextricably linked to that of its original owner, Sorley Boy MacDonnell, whose clan, the so called 'Lords of the Isles,' ruled northeastern Ulster from this base.
 
Beseiged and captured by the English in 1584, the castle was re-taken by Sorley Boy, who hauled his men up the cliffs in baskets. Having made his point, Sorley Boy agreed peace with the English, and his son Randal was created Viscount Dunluce and Earl of Antrim by James I.
 
In 1639, Dunluce Castle paid the price for its impregnable but precarious position, when the kitchen fell off a cliff during a storm, leading the MacDonnells to move to more comfortable surroundings and leaving the castle empty. 
A spectacular scramble takes you down to the cave below the castle that pierces right through the promontory, with an opening directly under the gatehouse. 
 
Dunluce Castle Address:        
Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Road
Portrush, BT57 8UY
Northern Ireland, UK

Dunluce Castle Opening Times:    
April to September, Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm
June to August, open from 12.00 pm on Sunday
October to March, closes at 4.30 pm

Dunluce Castle Admission:        
Adults £2.00
Children, concessions and groups (10+) £1.00
Children under 4 years Free
Group Rate (10 or over) £1.00   

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time

In special circumstances the site may be opened on request outside of these hours. Please contact the number below to discuss your requirements.

T  +44 (0)28 207 31938 
 
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