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Starting with some nearby children’s activities, then some popular tourist attractions near The Central Hotel in Donegal town centre, followed by some recommendations for pubs and live music in Donegal town.
Bumble Bees indoor Activity Centre
Bumble Bees Activity Indoor Centre - Ideal for keeping the children amused on a rainy day
For more information please visit: www.bumblebees.ie
Outdoor children’s playground in the centre of Donegal town.
Local Attractions in Donegal Town
Donegal Bay Waterbus
The Donegal Bay Waterbus is only 1 minute walk from The Central Hotel down on the harbour quayside near town centre. The large new car park right on the quayside offers convenient parking for cars or coaches.
The Donegal Bay Waterbus trip lasts for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and includes a full commentary on the historical, natural and geographical sights on view from the vessel.
Cruise around Donegal Bay in the modern purpose built 160 seater Waterbus. View the seal colony on Seal Island, The Bluestack Mountains and Donegal Bays many islands with full commentary. Relax in our fully stocked bar and enjoy our cabaret show on the return leg of the trip.
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Donegal Castle is located only 1 minute walk from The Central Hotel in the centre of Donegal town.
The main castle keep is fully restored offering guided tours (and self-guided tours) and plenty of historical information on its constructions and inhabitants down through the ages.
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In the centre of Donegal town on a bend in the River Eske is this beautifully restored 15th century castle. The name Donegal comes from the Irish “Dhun na nGall”, translated as Fort of the Foreigner, and is believed to have come from a Viking fort at this location.
Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey)
Located only 4 minutes walk from The Central Hotel at the end of the harbour overlooking the River Eske you will find the ruins of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1474. The old Abbey has close links to Donegal Castle and was built for the Franciscan monks who wrote “The Annals of The Four Masters”.
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Donegal Railway Heritage Centre
Only 5 minutes walk from The Central Hotel in Donegal town centre, the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre includes an historical presentation, artefacts and gift shop. Find out what is was like to travel on the narrow guage railways of County Donegal, once an essential transport network for farmers and fishermen, builders and businessmen, housewives and school children.
For more information please visit: www.donegalrailway.com
Donegal Craft Village
Situated just outside Donegal town on the main road to Ballyshannon and Sligo, a short 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk from The Central Hotel.
Donegal Craft Village is a showcase for contemporary arts and crafts in Ireland. Meet the artists in their workshops and treat yourself to the many craft items on offer for yourself or as a memorable gift. Browse through the craft village and then indulge in the award winning restaurant renowned for its freshly ground coffee, delicious homemade cakes and gourmet lunches.
The beautifully landscaped grounds include a picnic area, a charming courtyard, and spacious, free, car & coach parking.
For more information please visit: www.donegalcraftvillage.com
Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh Links)
Donegal Golf Club is one of Ireland's outstanding 18 hole Championship links golf courses. The course was designed by the legendary course architect, Eddie Hackett, and further enhanced in recent years by “Master of Links Design” Pat Ruddy.
Currently ranked 16th in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland.
For more information please visit: www.donegalgolfclub.ie
Pubs in Donegal town centre
The Reel Inn
Small friendly pub with live traditional Irish music 7 nights per week, beside the bridge in the middle of town less than 1 minute walk from The Central Hotel in Donegal town centre.
The owners play and sing themselves and visiting musicians are welcome to join in, a real "session" house!
, an old bar recently remodelled is small, cosy, & friendly.
The Olde Castle Bar
, is a traditional bar with a good atmosphere and grand Guinness. It serves Irish Stew, Venison pie and Seafood platters all day.
opposite The Central Hotel is a cute old bar, on a cold damp day or night sit at the fire and reach over to the bar for a pint. It is often claimed they have the best Guinness in town, due to the short length of the pipe connecting the keg to the tap.
, live music here most nights, also a great pint of Guinness.
The Coach House
opposite the Catholic Church - cellar bar downstairs for live music.