Belleek Castle Museum

Belleek Castle Museum, Ballina: Address, Phone Number, Belleek Castle Museum Reviews: 5/5

Belleek Castle Museum
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Ancient Ruins • Castles • Jogging Paths & Tracks
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Learn about the history of Belleek Castle & the story of its inhabitants the Knox-Gore family. Lean about the exciting life of Marshall Doran a sailor who made his fortune from smuggling & antique dealing who later became hotelier & restored Belleek Castle in the 1960's. Visitors will see the original Castle & Marshalls additions to the house such as the Spanish Armada Bar (built from salvaged wood from Spanish Armada shipwrecks) and the Medieval Banquet Hall,. The highlight of the tour will be the Marshall Doran Collection! One of the finest collections of antiques, Jurassic Fossils, Medieval weapons and Medieval Armour in Ireland! Other curiosities include the last wolf shot in Connaught & the bed of Grace O'Malley, Ireland's Pirate Queen.
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< 1 hour
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Marion H
2 contributions
Nov 2021
I did this guided Tour end of November 2021 with my husband. The tour was excellent and the tour guide was very informative and make the tour so real. Definitely worth a visit to see and hear about the life of the Castle. We will return soon.
Written 9 December 2021
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Kathleen B
1 contribution
Nov 2021
Our tour leader Carole was excellent very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable
She made the tour so interesting we loved every minute of it
Definitely worth a visit
Written 11 November 2021
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Diane
Portadown, UK4 contributions
Oct 2021
Extremely informative, our guide brought history to life in a fun and entertaining way. Definitely worth doing!
Written 26 October 2021
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Laura Smith
12 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is a fantastic historical tour about the castle’s history. Suitable for all age groups. Carol (the tour guide) was also excellent at her job and engaged all the attendees very well. I would highly recommend anyone to do this tour.
Written 15 August 2021
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Melissa O
7 contributions
Jul 2021
We enjoyed an excellent tour of the castle and it's interesting history especially the stories of its original owner Marshall Doran who was tireless in his curation of cultural and natural artefacts transforming the castle into the unique bars and rooms you see today using wood from a Spanish Armada ship to create the two nautically inspired bars and the ceiling of a monastery to add to the sense of being in a ship. The armoury is an impressive collection. The guide was excellent and passionate about her subject. Highly recommend.
Written 21 July 2021
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Sandra M
Liverpool8 contributions
Mar 2020
Went Nov. 2019, great tour, guide fantastically knowledgeable. Would be great for kids as well. Very interesting history. 👍
Written 28 February 2021
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RoisinMcEntyre
Ballina, Ireland6 contributions
Aug 2020
excellent place to visit! the guided tour is a treat on its own especially if you have children with you! they will equally enjoy it as the adults! the history, the armory room, everything is there to amaze you! thank you for the lovely time we had! the place looks fantastic!
Written 26 September 2020
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Grainne26
Ballina, Ireland13 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Thanks so much for the wonderful guided tour, we are from the area and had been meaning to do the tour for ages! Will definitely be recommending it to others, Jack Fenn is great next door for a coffee and a treat!
Written 20 March 2020
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Chillaxer1979
Sligo, Ireland71 contributions
Oct 2019
Great place to visit with kids..there is a fantastic walk for the kids in the Forrest.. There are fairy doors all over the place as well.. The castle itself has a lovely restaurant that serves everything from meals to sandwiches. Really liked the soup we had there.

I would recommend a visit given that it is really close to the centre of Ballina.
Written 28 December 2019
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Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Belleek Castle and thanks so much for your 5 star review. The woodland walk is a real gem & the fairy trail is a great addition to the trail. Happy to hear you enjoyed your lunch in Jack Fenn's Courtyard Cafe! Hopefully see you again in the near future. Kind regards, Stephen
Written 1 February 2020
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dUBLIN2020
County Dublin, Ireland11 contributions
Nov 2019
Spot on this castle-museum is a must. What a collection and what a tour guide: Stephen - THE curator. He'll show you around the castle, the rooms, the collection and tell you everything about it. Great stuff and very very very different to others!
Written 6 December 2019
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Thanks so much for your 5 star review & delighted to hear you enjoyed your tour. It was my pleasure to show you around the Marshall Doran Collection & hopefully see you again in the near future. Kind regards, Stephen
Written 1 February 2020
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