Dunluce Castle is open all year round - opening hours vary according to the time of year. March to September 10.00am – 6.00pm (every day). November to February 10.00am – 4.00pm (every day). With last admission being strictly half an hour before closing time: Contact Telephone: 028 207 31938. The charge for Adults is now £5.00, Child/Seniors: £3.00 Children under 5: Free, Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £13.00.
Access is limit for anyone who uses a wheelchair, okay down to the entrance to the castle but the cobbled courtyard and paths may prove to be difficult.
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.