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Portumna Castle

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Garrett C wrote a review Sep. 2020
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Visited Portumna Castle, only a nominal charge to visit and on the day I visited it was free. At the entrance to the castle grounds, a lovely guide called Valerie gave a full history of the castle. She explained the different architectural styles and explained how the gardens are laid out. Next, I visited the partially restored castle where you can do a self-guided tour. Finally, I visited the Kitchen Garden which alone is worth visiting to see the variety of herbs, fruits, and vegetables grown in it. All COVID regulations are followed including limits on the numbers that can visit the castle at the one time. There is also a lovely cafe in the grounds.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jason wrote a review Aug. 2020
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions6 helpful votes
The castle grounds are lovely to walk around - they are bordered by Portumna at the top and Lough Derg at the bottom with forest on either side including the beautiful ruins of an abbey. My wife did the castle tour which she enjoyed. The cafe at the stables served seriously good food and the desserts were genuinely impressive - I had the lemon meringue pie. What really stood out for me was the Kitchen Gardens. They rivalled and beat both Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park and Lissadell's walled gardens. Truely stunning. There's fruit and vegables, a willow maze in the summer, gazebo's and arches, big plants and small. Terrific colour, patterns and textures. I must call out a genuine and sincere thanks to John, Brian, PJ and Lynn (apologies if any names are wrong!) in the kitchen gardens for making this an extremely memorable experience! John even helped me remember the naming of a plant that had eluded me for decades - Ladies Bonnet!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Brian M wrote a review Aug. 2020
Ennis, Ireland122 contributions38 helpful votes
Portumna is a great place to visit being situated at a picturesque crossing on the river Shannon. The castle (home to the earls of Clanricarde) was accidentally burned in 1876 but has undergone a sensitive restoration by the OPW in recent decades. There is a very informative series of illustrated information boards on the ground floor which gives an insight into the history of the castle and the family. A walled kitchen garden has an abundance of flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables and a pleasant tea room in the old stable block rounds off the visit. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Michael wrote a review Aug. 2020
Bangor, United Kingdom5 contributions
Very interesting self guided tour. They are in the process of renovating so it was pretty short but very informative
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Jim D wrote a review Jul. 2020
County Sligo, Ireland17 contributions5 helpful votes
A very special place even though the tour of castle was not available. Lovely grounds and a beautiful coffee shop. Everything was spotless. There is a fabulous exhibition space. This place is well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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