Learn about the city’s rich history by visiting Donegal Castle – This beautiful castle, is one of the city’s oldest building. This 15th Century castle has been restored with a new roof and floors, while still using the 15th and 17th century techniques. Get to know the background of the historic city. (Directions – Head north west towards Bridge Street from the main Square. The castle is situated on the corner of bridge Street and Castle Street, Refer to Map)
Join a guided walking tour of Donegal Town – The tour will go through the history of Donegal Town from 1474, when Donegal Castle was built to the present day. The tour is a leisurely walk for 1.5 hours around Donegal Town. Tour costs €5 per person and must be pre-booked with Walking Ireland – 00353 86 6059220. The tour starts from the Tourist Office (Directions – Located beside The Quay).
Enjoy some shopping in Donegal Town – Explore the streets and alleyways of Donegal Town while shopping. The Diamond is the main location of the shops in the Donegal Town. (Directions – Refer to Map)
Explore the Donegal Craft Village –. The craft village has six workshops clustered around a central courtyard. Visitors have an opportunity to meet leading artists working with glass, bronze, textiles, wood, paint and precious metals. They also have the ideal opportunity to purchase unique Irish craft and Design. Also, on site is an award-winning restaurant renowned for its tempting menu. (Directions – Located 10 minutes north west of Donegal Town. Refer to Map)
When in Donegal Town, visit The Abbey of The Four Masters – While the ruins of Donegal Abbey do not reflect its original splendour, it’s ruins reveal the history of the once great foundation. The Abbey stood for more than two centuries despite being ransacked, burned and ravaged. It finally faced abandonment during the 17th The Abbey is now open to the pubic and admission is free. (Directions – Located at then end of the carpark near the Tourist Information. Refer to Map)
Visit The Donegal Railway Heritage Centre –Find out just what it was like to travel on the narrow gauge railways of County Donegal. The centre includes a historical presentation of artefacts and a gift shop, that is dedicated to re-awakening an interest in Donegal’s railway past.
Cruise around Donegal Bay on The Donegal Waterbus – The vessel has all modern amenities including a show on the return leg of the trip. The trip lasts for approximately 1hour and 15 minutes and includes information on the historical, natural and geographical sights, viewed from the vessel. For more information on sailing times and prices, visit the website at http://www.donegalbaywaterbus.com/or phone 00353749723666.
Visit Magee of Donegal – Magee specialises in designing and weaving luxury natural fibre fabrics in the Mill in Donegal. Their designers’ hand -weave using lambs wool, alpaca and cashmere yarns that creates the true Donegal tweed inspired by the ever-changing landscape surrounding Magee. Every Magee collection is designed to reflect the distinctive Donegal heritage with a contemporary twist. (Directions – Located on The Diamond. Refer to Map)
County Donegal Tourism App – County Donegal Tourism is an app that has everything from places to see, to festivals and events. Download for the most up to date information, maps, and things to do in Donegal Town.