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Lynch's Castle

Lynch's Castle 40 Shop Street, Galway, Ireland
+353 91 567 041
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Another almost miss

This is in the middle of town without any signage. Didn't look as nice as the picture above. Looks... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sandra C
Interesting history behind the castle

Right in the middle of town and houses a bank so no tours available. I love the fact it is right in... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
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“aib bank” (6 reviews)
“shop street” (5 reviews)
“city centre” (3 reviews)
Lynch's Castle 40 Shop Street, Galway, Ireland
+353 91 567 041
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is in the middle of town without any signage. Didn't look as nice as the picture above. Looks neglected & was closed up.

Thank Sandra C
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Right in the middle of town and houses a bank so no tours available. I love the fact it is right in the middle of the action in town center.

Thank Tricia824
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Great story of the Lynch family and their influence on Galway. Take some time to find out the importance of this great building when you are walking downtown.

Thank Dan L
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Well.. during our visit I had to ask in order to find it...we passed by several times but never "noticed the castle" ( we are observers) but only the bank.

Thank Elonamiss
Reviewed 3 February 2017

most people do not get the option to keep or take out there funds in a real castle but here is your chance.what ever people say about banks AIB plc must be complimented on preserving this icon building.stroll in>image you are royalty.friendly staff also

Thank Colm M
Reviewed 19 October 2016

You can't miss Lynch's Castle if you are walking the tourist walk in downtown Galway. What you see today is actually a "fortified town house" rather than a traditional "castle". Now it houses an active bank operation. And yes, it is the site where the...More

2  Thank Sojourner-Texas_USA
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The castle was nice but the story behind its history was even more fascinating, explaining among other things where we get the word "lynch."

Thank becpen
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Not what I would call a castle and now housing a bank, so not open for tours. Interesting building and worthy of a photo, but don't go out of your way. The busker standing outside was of greater interest!

Thank Travel_Revival
Reviewed 8 October 2016

This was nice to look at and kind of ironic that it's now a bank. Great architecture! It's a medieval gem in the middle of a shopping and pub mecca.

Thank NHjo
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

A beautiful building that you will see on Shop Street on your walking journey through Galway's City Centre which is now a bank but it's certainly not (like many other listed attractions in Galway) a must see attraction while in Galway.

Thank Lisa S
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Michelle L
Thanks for the history! I am a Lynch, the Mayor was my late late late (really late) relative, think grandfather, so its pretty cool to read the history. Funny thing is I didn't know of his son's crime. Heard many different stories. Would love to go out and see it for myself one day.
7 February 2017|
Response from Sojourner-Texas_USA | Reviewed this property |
Glad I could help. plenty of documentation on your family in Galway. Hope you get to research it there.
My maiden name was Lynch & originally came from Galway many years ago, not me but my ancestors. I am just curious about where they came from.
30 March 2015|
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Response from maxanne2013 |
Mine originated from Lynch's castle too.