History of Belleek
Belleek Castle was built between 1825 and 1831, on the site of a medieval abbey, one of four along the River Moy. Belleek was commissioned by Sir Arthur Francis Knox-Gore. The manor house was designed by the prolific architect John Benjamin Keanes, and the neo-gothic architecture met the taste of the time, when medieval styles became fashionable. The Knox-Gores lived in Belleek until the early 1940’s.
Marshall Doran, a merchant navy officer and an avid collector of fossils and medieval armour, acquired the run down property in 1961, restored it and opened it as a hotel in 1970. Some of the rooms are in 19th style, whilst most of the interior design has a medieval and nautical touch. Marshall, being quite a craftsman, did a lot of the work himself, assisted by John Mullen, and supervised the restoration expertly. Today, the Castle is managed by Marshall’s son Paul Doran and Ms. Maya Nikolaeva.
The Marshall Doran Collection
Belleek Castle & The Marshall Doran Collection: A unique Museum Experience in Ballina
The Belleek Castle Tour includes an explanation of the origins of the Castle and the history of its former owners, the Knox-Gore family, the Earls of Arran.
You will see private dining rooms, decorated in opulent romantic style, as well as the Medieval Banquet Hall, the Spanish Armada Bar and the Tween Deck.
The highlight of the tour will be The Marshall Doran Collection, which is one of the finest collections of arms and armour, fossils and antiques in Ireland. You will also see the Grace O’Malley room and the last wolf shot in Connaught.
For more information, simply ring +353 96 22400. You may also check our Facebook Page for updates and Trip Advisor for reviews. Castle will close to general public at 5pm.
Belleek Castle Museum is the holder of the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
Tours are available 11am, 2pm & 4pm daily.
We are also happy to cater for you any time by appointment!
In the busy summer season, we strongly advice to book your tour in advance!
Family ticket €30
(Group & family discounts are available )
We also take school tours and educational programs for children, by appointment only.
Please inquire to our curator Stephen via curator@belleekCastle.eu '
'The best historic tour in Ireland'
Went on tour of this catle with an excellent guide called Carol. She really bought the place alive and spent time with us with her vivid descriptions of the history of the castle. Highlights are the bar and armoury. Would highly recommend. Tripadvisor September 2017
'Eccentric, amazing interiors!'
Beautiful Castle with delightful surprises inside. The owner collected eccentric architectural bits and pieces and remade the Castle interiors which are just fantastic! Do not miss an opportunity to visit! Tripadvisor 10th July 2017
'Tour includes private rooms in the Castle '
'We were staying at the Castle and I knew the hands on portion would appeal to my 20 somethings so we stayed for the tour. Our tour guide was informative and allowed my girls to see first hand what it would have been like to wear and use the armor from 500 years ago. The fossil collections that Marshall Doran acquired were really neat, including a couple of skeletons of marine dinosaurs. Reviewed on Tripadvisor 5th July 2017