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“Well-kept Burren secret”

Mundelein, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
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“Well-kept Burren secret”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Getting to Dysert O'Dea is no small feat. The roads are super narrow and off the beaten path. But once we got there, we weren't disappointed! The castle is fascinating to wander through.There is a huge amount of history of the castle and the area on display, everything from local lads serving in wars and the Irish resistance, to family history of the castle itself. There's a tea shop on the bottom floor of the castle. But of as much interest is the 4km walk from ruin to ruin, including a celtic high cross, a ruined church and various other significant sites. Well worth the trip! If you are wandering from Poulnabrone down to Corofin, you really should add this to your itinerary! The four stars are because it is not very clear to see how to get there once off the main road. Otherwise, this place is fantastic.

Visited June 2014
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English first
Southbury, Connecticut
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6 reviews
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“Welcoming trip to the 1400s”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Dysert O'Dea is a gem hidden in County Clare. Hats off to the local community for refurbishing and supporting this park of treasures from the 14th century and before. Splendid classic Tower House, St. Tola's High Cross, Round Tower and Church ruins all on a pastoral setting. Tea Room and many period displays in each room. Thanks to local historian and castle restoration expert Dick Croinin for the fantastic job!

Visited May 2014
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Ennis, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Don't miss it”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Not just for tourists - any person interested in history would love it. Amazingly well preserved by local effort quite recently. Four floors and great view from the open top level .Really good video giving concise history. Unusual exhibits. Warm welcome at reception.

Visited June 2014
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“What a welcome!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

A typical Irish castle, built like a fortress with lots of spiral stairs. Our party of 4 adults and 3 dogs arrived on a scorching hot day after about an hour's drive. We went in to the desk to be welcomed by a very friendly and helpful lady, who advised that although there were a lot of steps up to the top, there were four floors with a room on each. She also advised that we could take the dogs as well. In the end, I elected to sit outside with the small dogs, who had not taken to the steps at all. I was then offered a drink while I was waiting, and handed the map of the archeaological trail to read as I would miss the video.

The others advised that there was not really an awful lot to see, but that they were glad they had been to look at it. The view from the top of the castle was stunning.

We went off to see the church and the round tower and again there might not have been so much to see, but it was worth the effort, the stone carving alone in the church was worth the whole trip.

But the best bit of all was the friendly welcoming lady with the warm smile

Visited May 2014
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malbay
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“What a great trip”
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

Tourist shop in miltown malbay recommended a trip and it was soo worth the recommenation . We loved the walk and the cup of tea and cake was very welcome. We will pass the word now next place of interest in kilfenora

Visited May 2014
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