It is one of the old historical towns in County Donegal, Ireland. It gives its name to the Catholic Diocese of Raphoe and the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.
Raphoe Castle was built the 1630s and was originally the Bishop’s Palace. Now in ruins ther are plans for its restoration.
St. Eunan’s Cathedral was built in the 1730s but has stones from earlier builds going back to the 9th and 12th centuries.
Beltany Stone Circle, near the town is supposed to be older than Stonehenge. 64 of the original 80 standing stones remain. The stones measure from 1.2 to 2.7m in a circle is 45m diameter.