Dun na sead castle / Baltimore Castle

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Dun na sead castle / Baltimore Castle

Dun na sead castle / Baltimore Castle
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BridgetHG
Cork, Ireland45 contributions
Astonishing Achievement
Sep 2019
Can highly recommend a visit to this centuries old castle which, apart from the four walls has been conmpletely rebuilt and furnished in keeping with the 1500-1600s. A daunting task which the owners have achieved to an extraordinary high standard. We had the pleasure of meeting the owner guide who told us of the lengths his family went to to restore this very historic O'Driscoll castle. Not alone that but to make it a comfortable family home while also retaining its historic features. No mean feat! His wife has also written books on the infamous raid of Baltimore by Algerian pirates who captured its inhabitants and transorted the unfortunate men, women and children to Algeria, never to return. A fascinating story. Well worth a visit.
Written 27 September 2019
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kirsty r
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Made to feel unwelcome
Sep 2019 • Couples
We just popped in as the weather was bad and there was a sign to say the castle was open. When we went up the stairs, the owner came out and unfortunately I can only say- accosted us with a very pointed comment that we should pay €5 for simply walking up the stairs! We felt very uncomfortable with this and I don't think it is unreasonable to want to have a look first inside the building to see what you are going to pay for. When I politely asked the name of the parrot the owner went so far as to completely ignore my question. We are wondering how much does it cost to know the name of the parrot. We were surprised by such a mercenary welcome, something that I have rarely experienced in my whole lifetime spent in Ireland. There were only 2 other people in the building, not a queue of people and it was heavy rain outside. All we would like to say to the owners is- Kindness costs nothing!
Written 24 September 2019
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Tom F
Dublin, Ireland45 contributions
Rape of Baltimore
Sep 2019
In the castle you learn of the kidnapping of several hundred of Baltimore citizens by North African pirates. These people were never heard of again?
Written 9 September 2019
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Kevin M
Cork, Ireland20 contributions
Unique piece of local history
Aug 2019
I can't count the number of times we've been in Baltimore and haven't visited this local museum. Finally we did on a recent stay in the lovely village. The castle was completely (and faithfully) restored from a ruin to its present state from 1997 to 2005 by the present owners. It contains a number of posters which explain the history of the castle itself as well as the history of Baltimore, including the (in)famous sacking by Barbary pirates in the 17th century. There are also a number of displays of objects related to local history or indeed unearthed when the castle was excavated during its restoration. There is also an outdoor walkway on one of the parapets will lovely views down onto the Square and harbour. But the most wonderful thing about the place is that the owners, who restored it and opened it up as a museum, also call it home. This personal element made the visit all the more special. It was also a delight to talk with Bernie McCarthy, one of the owners, who has also authored books about the castle and Baltimore. Definitely worth a visit next time you are in Baltimore.
Written 8 August 2019
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Travelling_with_kids
Athlone, Ireland109 contributions
Disappointed
Aug 2019 • Family
We visited here after seeing signs about pirates outside. We thought it would be suitable for our young pirate loving kids.
Besides one pirate mannequin, there was nothing for kids. Theres so much potential here but unfortunately we left disappointed
Written 6 August 2019
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Kat G
District of Columbia21 contributions
Great Side Trip
Jul 2019 • Friends
This was a great side trip while waiting for my cruise out of the harbor. I learned a lot about the history of Baltimore and the lineage of the castle. It was 5Euro to tour the house and very well worth it.
Written 23 July 2019
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Phil W
Marsascala, Malta123 contributions
Interesting visit made more so by chatting to the owner
Jun 2019 • Couples
This castle dominates the small town of Baltimore, there's no chance you'll miss it! Its a small attraction and probably won't take more than an hour to look round. What really makes it fascinating is the opportunity to chat with the owner, whose home this is. So do take the time to chat to them, you'll learn a lot more.

It costs just 5 euro to get in and its money well spent in my opinion. What happened to the residents all those years ago is thought provoking and the sheer will power of the owners in restoring the castle awe inspiring. If you are looking for wizz bang computerised and interactive displays then this might not be for you. If you want a bit of history and a real feel of Irish life at the time and an attraction that makes you think then you should pay a visit.
Written 20 July 2019
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,682 contributions
Nice castle
Jun 2019 • Couples
Baltimore is a small coastal village, but has a nice castle on top of the hill. You can have a visit inside.
Written 2 July 2019
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lincsblonde
Epworth, UK43 contributions
Fascinating
Jul 2019 • Couples
Well worth the 5 euro entry fee, under 12s are free. It's small and so only a short visit but highly recommended.
Firstly it's incredible how a family undertook the restoration project from a derelict building to an amazing family home.
Secondly the information on the pirate history is interesting and thought provoking.
Thirdly the view from the terrace is stunning.
However I can understand the negative comments, it's not a fun visit for children, rather more educational. But the entry price fairly rejects the fact that get isn't a lot there.
Very helpful owner.
Written 1 July 2019
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Susan Roe Harris
Cork, Ireland829 contributions
Baltimore's Castle & Pirates.
May 2019 • Couples
Fantastic to visit.
Festivals. Weddings. Meetings.
Culture. Drama & Music. It has it all. Wonderful owners also. So helpful. Great guided tour.
Go see for yourself. The latest member a little puppy has arrived to the castle. Fantastic. Old step entrance still there.
Written 22 May 2019
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