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Burren College of Art

Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Ireland
+353 65 707 7200
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Great visit last weekend.

What a great little spot in Ballyvaughan. Fab coffee shop and gallery. Recommend you stop off... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Lovely location of a carefully restored castle

Worth a stop to experience this lovely gallery and carefully restored castle tower. It will give... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
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Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Ireland
+353 65 707 7200
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

What a great little spot in Ballyvaughan. Fab coffee shop and gallery. Recommend you stop off here for a visit.

Thank TsalaWaterford
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Worth a stop to experience this lovely gallery and carefully restored castle tower. It will give you an excellent sense of the environment and fortified homes of the time.

Thank DJC7
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Set in a beautiful setting, right next to Newtown Castle, BCA offers a terrific program to undergrads, MFA candidates and visiting artists. Terrific staff, comfortable lodging for students, extraordinary and inspiring location, encouraging and inspiring curriculum - something all art students should check out !

Thank frannie w
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Way back in 1995 when Burren College of Art was just starting out, I did a summer undergrad program here, and it was fabulous. I did photography mainly with a bit of sculpture and also got to learn about the history of the area from...More

Thank astorin
Reviewed 21 October 2015

Just up the road from our favorite Irish B&B, Cappabhaile House, and located on the sight of an old castle, Burren College is ridiculously beautiful, with a good cafe, history galore, and brilliant young artists. There are also many local hiking trails that intersect at...More

Thank Tim M
Reviewed 10 July 2015

Our son had attended this College for 3 months years ago so we had to stop by. Very small art college. Fun to walk around and see the students work. We saw them preparing/hanging work for a show the next day.

Thank Brad G
Reviewed 16 February 2015

The castle tower was ancient, built in the 14th century. It is undergoing some restoration by the Art College students, but as you climb up to the third level rooms, you can picture how life might have been there. And the views are terrific!

Thank happyretireds
Reviewed 23 September 2014

Attending the Burren College of Art was enjoyable because of the location and the fellow students/professors, but unfortunately my graduate degree is not recognized as a United States equivalent. All of the graduate work I completed and paid for is not recognized by my current...More

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ATJDownes, Director of Marketing & Admissions at Burren College of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2014

Burren College of Art graduate degrees are awarded by the National University of Ireland, Galway and recognised internationally. US students have successfully applied their completed Masters degrees to further education and employment in the US since the programme began ten years ago. This is the...More

Reviewed 20 August 2014

Always interesting to visit the exhibitions each summer. Art is a matter of taste and some yoears the variey is so limited that it does not 'catch' me but it is an exiciting place to visit

Thank Wayton
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

If only my art college had been like this. Fabulous space. Excellent live chickens. Gorgeous girls in the cafe , delicious bacon wraps and proper tea. Thankyou. And the castle was good exercise !!! X

4  Thank Maggotting
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