Information on Dunluce Castle situated near Portrush on the north Antrim coast of Northern Ireland


The castle  is open all year round - opening hours vary according to the time of year.  April to September   10.00am 6.00pm (every day). October to March     10.00am 5.00pm (every day). With last admission being strictly half an hour before closing time. Contact: Telephone 028 207 31938 
Guided tours are also available if booked in advance. When closed you can still walk down a long series of steps, past the wishing well and the mermaid's cave, to the stone arch with views to the Skerries and Inishowen, Donegal. The ruins of St. Cuthbert's lies a short walk away from the castle grounds -  on the small road opposite the Portrush entrance to the castle.

Walking around inside Dunluce Castle is a fascinating experience -  it is only when you  walk down from the gift shop and cross  the bridge into the castle courtyard that you realize how large the castle layout actually is - something that is not so apparent from outside views. Over the years many changes and additions have occurred to the original structure - inside you will find Norman, Scottish, English and European architectural influences.

The castle was given  to the Northern Ireland Government  by the Earl of Antrim in 1928 to be preserved as a National Monument, since that time the Department of the Environment have taken great care of it. It is obviously a constant process to maintain and preserve such a large artefact of our past and the Department have done this exceptionally well - many skilled workers have been employed in replacing, renovating and preserving the structure over the past decades - for our continual enjoyment.