Gjirokaster Castle
Gjirokaster Castle
4.5
Military MuseumsHistoric SitesCastles
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,946 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
The castle has Byzantine origins but much of the impressive building work now seen was carried out by Ali Pacha Tepelena, the local Albanian ruler in the early part of the 19th century. Entry is 400 lek, which excludes the military museum available at an extra charge and it represents good value. As building work was carried out in a later era, it is in much better condition that other castles in the country.
We were there well over two hours excluding the optional extra museum. Although there are information boards scattered around the castle that add enough information to understand what you are seeing, much of the fun is simply wandering around this vast complex, a torch is needed to explore some of the vaults although some of the deeper ones where the terrain is rough have now been fenced off.
Apart from the underground vaults, the other main attraction are the spectacular views from the top of the castle that provide outstanding views over the village, Drinos valley and the Lunxheria mountains beyond. The walk from end to end is one kilometre and because of its size it never feels crowded despite numerous tour groups.
It’s scale and condition is truly impressive.
Written 1 October 2023
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Anne-Tone
Norway886 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Beautiful Castle with a beautiful view. Can imagine it will be great to join an evening consert here. Sun protection in nice colors.
Written 20 September 2023
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Jack HK
28 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Great view. Information aspect is lacking. Apart from the audio guide, the signed information is generally lacking. There is no flow for the tour, meaning you will need to zigzag around, that's why I don't suggest it for people with limited walking capicity.
Written 16 September 2023
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Lomeo1965
London, UK124 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Obviously you will want to come here if you’re in Gjirokaster, but it does seem better from the outside than the inside. I think they could have done more with the place. Very few people visit the museum inside as it’s 200 LEK more than the 400 entrance fee, and apparently dedicated to military equipment. They’d do better to include it as part of 500 LEK entrance fee. The signage in English and Albanian is generally informative, but they could do more with some of the spaces e.g. the kitchens and prisons - make a little exhibit or something.

Go in the morning as the day tours from Saranda are there by midday.
Written 7 June 2023
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Ken Q
Denver, United States851 contributions
Jul 2022
We enjoyed visiting the castle and exploring the different rooms as well as the outside views to the area.
Written 25 February 2023
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LANCE O
1,164 contributions
Apr 2022
If you have time to take the journey, a must see is The Castle at Gjiorkaster, Albania. A magnificent structure preserving ancient history. There is nothing more to say...this is a top shelf example of ancient history right before your eyes.
Highly recommend...go and visit.
Written 17 January 2023
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70ava
Beijing, China1,002 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The castle itself is huge and still being renovated. Probably when those renovations end (sometime in the next 5-10 years), it will be much more impressive. But the views - they are amazing. On a clear day you can see and appreciate so much.
Written 30 October 2022
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Pas66UKCan
York, UK222 contributions
Oct 2022
The castle is well worth a visit just for the view, The actual castle is very beautiful, also not much health and safety, so lots of fun to walk around, there is a great display of artillery guns when you enter, very impressive and also an old 1950 rusting fighter jet with an intriguing history. Follow the sign for the entrance and avoid our mistake of taking a short cut that failed. Very interesting place to visit
Written 14 October 2022
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Ben T
6 contributions
Sept 2022
Very interesting place, with lots of history from different periods. The castle is impressively large and gives a really great view of the town below
Written 3 October 2022
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,714 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Taken here as part of a tour group
Very extensive, though not a lot of display boards
Lovely views over the town
We had a guide which helped
Written 2 October 2022
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