Newtown Castle

Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan: Hours, Address, Newtown Castle Reviews: 4/5

Newtown Castle
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Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
About
Newtown Castle is a beautifully restored 16th century cylindrical fortified tower house - one of only few such buildings in Ireland. Having lain derelict for many years, the castle's restoration began in 1994, completed in time for the opening of the Burren College of Art in August of that year. Newtown Castle is once again a vibrant building in daily use, central to the artistic, cultural and educational life of the Burren. It is open free of charge to the public on week days. Newtown Castle is also available for wedding ceremonies, small private functions or company events.
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Dana P
Franklin, KY29 contributions
Easily accessible by car, but couldn't go inside because of faulty lock
Oct 2021
We visited this castle in an out of the way location because I had seen it on TripAdvisor. It is in a location that is easily accessible with a good parking lot. It is attached however, to an art school. There is a gallery for the artists. Sadly, we could not go in the castle because the door lock was acting up and the caretaker was afraid to unlock it for fear it wouldn't work the wedding the next day. But we did talk to a gentleman who was from the States who is writing a book about the location. He shared some great information about the renovation of the castle and its location.
Written 11 October 2021
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia1,734 contributions
A nice view from the top of the tower
Aug 2019
This16th century restored cylindrical castle tower is in the grounds of the Burren School of Arts and was open 9-5 and free. You can walk to the top for a fine view of the countryside. Toilet. Café.
Written 18 October 2019
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Lury B
12 contributions
Castle and history
Sep 2019 • Couples
Ireland has many beautiful castles and so much history this was just one of many worth a stop. No trip to Ireland is complete without a few castles tours this one is nice but not as complete as some but still a good visit into the past.
Written 13 October 2019
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jcaparros
El Masnou, Spain74 contributions
Hidden gem in the Irish country
Aug 2019
When we booked The Waters for a night in Galway's area, we didn't know there was the Newtown Castle towers so close to it.
The tower - built apart from the castle's building nowadays completely rebuilt - keeps a big part of Middle Ages constructions, at least the first and second floors, showing the original floors construction.
So it was a top interesting visit, that takes less than 30' even with children.
Written 6 October 2019
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Four Points Travel
League City, TX120 contributions
Great stop, neat castle, and it's FREE
Mar 2019 • Family
We doubled back north from the caves to stop in here and it did not dissapoint. We went to the top of this restored tower, our five year old loved it (so did the grown-ups). The stairs are a bit precarious, but it really gives some depth to the reality that these were not made for comfort but purpose built.
If you are nearby, this is a great stop in a beautiful valley. The castle is free to tour and is attached to the coolest little arts school, where students proudly display their wonderfull work- so dont miss the opportunity to walk the the gallery and work spaces to see the creative minds at work.
Written 2 June 2019
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Jenn M
Morgantown, PA95 contributions
Castle
Nov 2018 • Friends
Just not what I expected but we were doing a drive by anyway. It is part of a college I would not go out of my way to see it again. However near gleninagh castle...that is worth it!
Written 12 December 2018
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Erik K
Pittsburgh, PA657 contributions
Nice little castle to check out
Sep 2017 • Friends
Unfortunately we were there on a Sunday so the grouds proper was closed, but we took some great pictures from the outside. The Burren College of Art has a gallery and a cafe on site (again closed for Sunday).
Certainly worth a stop!
Written 10 October 2017
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Keith N
Cheltenham176 contributions
Pleasant for a brief stop
Aug 2017 • Family
A nice tower in peaceful surroundings that is a pleasant place to stop if nearby. The restoration is well done. Unfortunately the coffee shop was closed when we visited due to a corporate function.
Written 30 August 2017
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arthurstewart2
Cape Town Central, South Africa141 contributions
Worth a quick stop
Jul 2017 • Couples
We were staying nearby and decided to check out the castle. They are in the middle of redoing part of the exhibit so would like to see it again. Nice enough castle, especially if you read the history. We didn't visit the art display/shop because of time but recommend you do if you are there anyway.
Written 25 August 2017
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bradziker1
Lake Mary, FL1,328 contributions
nice stop off the beaten path
Jul 2017 • Friends
Lovely restored castle, and it is worthwhile climbing the windy staircase to the top and seeing an excellent balcony of the top room. Worth a ½ hour visit.
Written 3 August 2017
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Newtown Castle is open:
  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00