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Raphoe Castle, Raphoe

#32 of 40 in Historic Sites in County Donegal
Castle · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Raphoe Castle, also known as the Bishop's Palace, is a ruined early 17th-century castle on the edge of Raphoe, County Donegal, Ireland. The 'castle' was built in the 1630s for The Rt. Rev. Dr John Leslie, Church of Ireland Lord Bishop of Raphoe, from stone from a ruined round tower. Bishop Leslie was besieged within the castle during the Irish Rebellion of 1641, until he was relieved by the Laggan Army. Leslie was laid siege to again during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland, with the castle surrendering in 1650.

It was damaged by supporters of King James II & VII in 1689 during the Williamite War. A century later, in 1798, the castle was attacked again, this time by the United Irishmen, three of whom were killed during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The castle was destroyed in an accidental fire in 1838.
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  • This palace is very interesting. It's full of story. It's easy to find it but it has a difficult access to it. It's abandoned so be careful. If you have locomotion problems don't go.  more »
  • Definitely do this if you can! It's super easy to visit (just use Google Maps.. plenty of parking and its RIGHT off the little back road). The history of this castle is on Wikipedia... I believe it...  more »
  • The amazing middle ages ruin is one of the big features this wonderful town has. One home to the powerful Baron it was the center of power in the area. Note there are several stunning places near.. a church from the 1100's a massive stone circle and neolithic ruins.
  • Best castle I've been to so far
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