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Ireland’s Most Luxurious Castle Wedding Venues

Ireland is home to some of the most stunning historical castles in the world, many of which have opened their impressive doors for couples to celebrate one of the most special days of their lives. The authentic Irish castle experience is one that will be savoured for a lifetime and offers a uniquely romantic setting for a picture perfect day.

With their luxurious tapestries, open fires and stately suites, castle venues are an ideal set up for warm, luxurious winter weddings, and guests will revel in discovering all the little nooks and crannies within over the course of the wedding celebrations. Of course a castle wedding isn’t just for Christmas – summer weddings are right at home with acres of surrounding land brimming with natural beauty, offering an ideal backdrop for those all important wedding photos.

Many Irish castles now offer a whole private experience for couples and their guests, with exclusive use of the castle and grounds, you will be the acting King and Queen of the demesne – not a bad way to begin your life together as a married couple we must say! Of course if it’s a more intimate affair you’re after, remember that although Irish castles can look like they’re built just for grand events, there are often many smaller, luxuriously appointed banqueting and drawing rooms to choose from to hold your wedding dinner.

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Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon, Roscommon

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Restored by the Hanly Group in 2006, the original Kilronan Castle was built in the early 1800’s and belonged to Colonel King Tenison. The immense restoration resulted in the romantic, historic wedding venue, which seamlessly blends old-world elegance with contemporary luxuries. The estate spans over 49 acres of charming, natural Roscommon beauty, creating the picturesque setting many of the great Irish poets and musicians emerged from, including Kavanagh, Yeats, McGahern, O’Carolan and Percy French.

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Kinnitty Castle, Birr, Co. Offaly

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Kinnitty is a lavish Gothic revival Castle dating back to the 13th century. The medieval styled “Great Hall of the O’Carroll’s” banqueting suite is the centrepiece of many wedding celebrations at Kinnitty Castle, and is authentically appointed with the striking original features and heritage décor. Guests can extend their unique wedding experience by staying in one of the castle’s distinctively styled bedrooms, where high ceilings and cast iron rolled top baths add to an elegant, regal atmosphere. Kinnitty is all about character and is a true Irish castle experience on the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the heart of the Midlands.

Real Wedding: A Chic Irish Castle Wedding by Couple Photography

Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill, Leitrim

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Based upon 300 acres of magnificently manicured grounds and natural beauty, Lough Rynn Castle Resort is a magical setting for a luxury, fairy tale Irish castle wedding. The castle is steeped in history, located on the shores of Lough Rynn, and boasts breathtaking scenery, lush green pastures, ancient forests and historical points of interest. Like its sister castle hotel Kilronan, the castle has been renovated beautifully by the Hanly Group to blend old and new, history and luxury, to provide a comfortable, atmospheric setting that makes for seriously special memories for all.

Real Wedding: A Magical Christmas Wedding at Lough Rynn by Couple Photography

Castle Durrow, Durrow, Co. Laois

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The enchanting Castle Durrow is a magical backdrop for weddings. This luxurious castle is set on 50 acres of manicured gardens and boasts 15ft high ceilings, velvet appliqued handmade curtains, antiques and modern pieces, creating an opulent and stylish feel. Their beautiful banqueting hall, with its hand painted silk panels and shimmering chandeliers is the picture of elegance.

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Cloghan Castle, Loughrea, Co. Galway

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Renovated from the 13th century ruins of a fortified Norman keep, Cloghan Castle is a striking medieval style castle where couples can create the wedding day of their dreams. Perfect for an intimate celebration, Cloghan is a self-catering castle that can be rented exclusively for up to 120 guests. The castle provides a warm and elegant atmosphere where guests can soak up the historic setting’s beautiful exposed brick walls and huge open feature fireplaces throughout. There are seven luxuriously appointed bedrooms within the castle for the couple and their bridal party.

Cabra Castle , Kingscourt, Co. Cavan

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Situated on over 100 acres of beautiful gardens and forestry, with breathtaking views of the three counties of Meath, Monaghan and Cavan, the Castle grounds provide the perfect, picturesque backdrop in which to capture the most romantic moments of your wedding day. Cabra Castle caters for up to 290 guests. Waterford Crystal chandeliers, five-tiered golden candelabras, rich table linens and cut glass, all grace the Ballroom and continue a theme of elegance and romanticism.

Real Wedding: An Art Deco Day at Cabra Castle by Couple Photography

Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham, Louth

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Bellingham Castle, located in the heart of the medieval village of Castlebellingham in County Louth, just 45 minutes from Dublin, is the spectacular setting that wedding dreams are made of. This breathtaking castle venue offers an exclusive setting where you can enjoy your day in the privacy of your own historic venue with the most spectacular surroundings. The castle overlooks the River Glyde with its own weir and millrace, and is set on 17 acres of mature woodlands and gardens. Enjoy arrival drinks and canapés in the castle’s elegant period drawing rooms or cosy library before indulging in an unforgettable meal that uses only the freshest and finest local ingredients.

Photo by David Maury

Real Wedding: Amy & Shane’s Bespoke Bellingham Castle Wedding

Trim Castle Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath

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Trim Castle Hotel overlooks the magical and magnificent Trim Castle. Glorious views and contemporary elegance are what Trim Castle Hotel weddings are about. An ideal location from guests travelling from abroad or from Ireland’s capital, the hotel is just 40 minutes from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport, within the peaceful-yet-popular Heritage town of Trim, Co. Meath.

Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Tralee, Kerry

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If you’re after a fairy tale setting with Kerry’s stunning scenery as a backdrop, Ballyseede Castle is a picture perfect choice. This family owned castle is set on an expansive thirty acre estate and has a choice of three function rooms that can cater for up to 220 guests. There are a range of packages to choose from – the vintage package will transport you to times past with sumptuous gold tablecloths, elegant candelabras and tea stands filled with the tastiest treats. Or if you’d rather tailor make your own, you’ll be spoiled for choice with everything from a cheese and port reception to canapés and castle punch to choose from.

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Durhamstown Castle & Barn, Bohermeen, Meath

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This eclectic spot dates back to 1420 and boasts lots of original features as well as a mix of auction finds and family heirlooms. Smaller weddings can look forward to celebrating in the romantic Durhamstown Castle itself  – the dining room can host up to 30 guests. The castle boats vaulted kitchens with stunning stone arch and the original staircase tower with lots of interesting nooks and crannies guests will love exploring. Larger festivities can take place in the great barn which boasts a stone façade, exposed beams and pretty festival lights to add to the party atmosphere.

Abbey Hotel, Roscommon

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An 18th Century Castle Manor setting nestled in the heart of the Midlands, the private gardens with views of the old historic Abbey Ruins provide the breathtaking backdrop for your special day. The Abbey is a traditional family run hotel with over 50 years experience in the wedding industry catering for both large and smaller wedding parties. The private manicured gardens and central geographical location of the Abbey Hotel makes it an especially appealing venue for couples. 

The Dunloe Hotel, Beaufort, Killarney, Kerry

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The 5 star Dunloe Hotel simply oozes style and sophistication and is guaranteed to impress even the most discerning of couples and guests. With views over the famous Gap of Dunloe and the River Laune, there’s no shortage of breathtaking backdrops for wedding photos. Everything from the ultra romantic walled gardens, the luxurious interiors and incredible food prepared from the finest local ingredients makes for a fairy tale wedding celebration. If you’re blessed with the sun on your Big Day, an al fresco reception on the spacious terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding parkland will be an experience every lucky guest will remember for a lifetime.

Kilkea Castle, Kilkea, Castledermot, Co. Kildare

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The enchanting Kilkea Castle is located in Castledermot, Co. Kildare, just an hour’s drive from Dublin. Once the medieval stronghold of the FitzGeralds, Earls of Kildare, today it can be your own fairy tale setting for your special day. Set on 180 acres of woodlands and gardens, this stunning 12th century castle blends its historic past with contemporary elegance. The magnificent Baronial Hall can host up to 280 wedding guests and has the wow factor with elegant chandeliers and traditional feature stone wall. It also has a range of luxury accommodation including 11 beautifully appointed guest rooms, 24 Carriage Rooms connected by a charming walkway to the old courtyard buildings and 33 self-catering lodges, which overlook the 18 Hole Golf Course.

Waterford Castle Hotel, Waterford

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Situated on its own private island on the River Suir, the 16th Century Waterford Castle Hotel is a stunning setting for a truly special day. From the moment your guests set foot off the ferry to get to the 310 acre Island resort they will be transported back in time in elegant, lavish surroundings. The magical Waterford Castle is an exclusive venue so it can be yours exclusively for the day. It also prides itself on its gourmet food, which is guaranteed to be remembered by guests long after the plates are clean!

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Barberstown Castle, Straffan, Co. Kildare

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Located just 30 minutes from Dublin city and Dublin airport, Barberstown Castle is the perfect location for a destination wedding in Ireland. The castle originally dates back to 1288 and its medieval décor, with its high ceilings, impressive tapestries, cast iron chandeliers and exposed wooden beams and stone walls, brings a very tangible old-world feel to the magical banqueting hall. It is truly like stepping back in time.

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Clontarf Castle, Clontarf, Dublin 3

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The charming Clontarf Castle is an eclectic mix of old and new, nestled in the quiet and elegant suburb of Clontarf, just a stone’s throw from Dublin City Centre. The 12th century castle is steeped in history and retains its unique dramatic high ceilings, stained glass windows and original staircase. It also boasts all the modern luxuries of the 21st century following a recent renovation with bespoke interiors, luxurious suites and a chic, contemporary bar – the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail drinks reception. Clontarf Castle is the perfect setting for both small and larger wedding celebrations with several romantic locations to choose from including the magnificent Great Hall or the more intimate Viking or Tower Suite.

Real Wedding: A Chic Christmas Wedding at Clontarf Castle by Circus Photography

Castle Dargan, Ballygawley, Sligo

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Castle Dargan’s historic Estate in Ballygawley, County Sligo combines a 4* contemporary hotel, a Championship golf course designed by Darren Clarke and a destination Medi Spa. At the centre of the estate lies the opulent 18th century Castle Dargan House, luxuriously appointed to provide an elegant, homely setting for the wedding party. The idyllic 170-acre country estate provides the most romantic setting for a celebration, with spectacular views of fresh water brooks and rolling hills, old stone walls and ancient castle ruins.

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Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Clare

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The archetypal luxury Irish castle, Dromoland Castle in Co. Clare is, quite simply, the fairytale wedding destination. Built in the late 16th century, Dromoland is a Renaissance structure surrounded by a 450 acre estate. The captivating winding road to the Castle’s Kincora Gallery paves the way for an enchanting evening, where guests can wonder at vaulted ceilings and beautifully crafted floor-to-ceiling windows. The wedding party can then saunter to the majestic Brian Boru Hall, which features arched balconies, heraldic tapestries, elegant chandelier and rich wood paneling, to create a uniquely romantic atmosphere. Venues for more intimate celebrations in the castle include The Terrace Room and The Drawing Room, suitable for parties of 30 to 70 people and 10 to 30 people, respectively.

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Lough Eske Castle, Donegal Town

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Lough Eske Castle (or, to give it its full name “Lough Eske Castle – A Solis Hotel & Spa”) provides the most spectacular setting for weddings in the North West of Ireland. A five star castle hotel located on a secluded lakeside estate just outside Donegal Town, Lough Eske Castle has a rich history dating back to the 1400s, being associated with the founding fathers of Donegal. The style here is traditional with a luxuriously contemporary twist. The elegant ballroom which can host up to 280 guests extends into your own exclusive tranquil gardens which is the perfect backdrop for memorable wedding photos.

Markree Castle, Collooney, Co. Sligo

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Renowned as one of Ireland’s premier wedding locations, Markree Castle provides the ultimate in romantic, Victorian style luxury. Set in a secluded 500 acre estate in County Sligo, Markree Castle has been lovingly restored to become one of the finest country house hotels in Ireland. Celebrate your civil ceremony in the castle’s original Victorian Gothic chapel before treating your guests to a splendid wedding feast in the magnificently striking gold and duck egg blue Grand Golden Ballroom which can host 150 guests, where a regal atmosphere will provide a memorable, exclusive Irish castle experience for all.

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Luttrellstown Castle, Castleknock, Dublin 15

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Luttrellstown Castle is a stunning castle venue available for exclusive, private rental. Your own stunning stately home for the night, their luxurious ballrooms can accommodate up to 180 guests. From the impressive walled gardens and majestic facade to the luxurious interiors such as the cosy olde-world library and of course the magnificent ballrooms, the historic castle is sure to impress. Their picture-perfect grounds also provide a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs. Their dedicated wedding team pride themselves on their absolute commitment to personalised service, so you can be sure your day is truly a unique experience for you and your guests.

Photo by Emma Russell Photography

Real Wedding: A Classic French/Irish Luttrellstown Castle Wedding

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin

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Fitzpatrick Castle in the lovely leafy suburb of Killiney in Dublin stands steadfast in the hills of Killiney overlooking Dublin Bay. The 18th century castle has been in business as a hotel and wedding venue for over 40 years and its staff brings a wealth of experience to every catered celebration. The striking maroon and white-tipped exterior of Fitzpatrick Castle is balanced with a traditional interior, where wedding guests can wander around taking in the classic decor with deep wood furnishings, elegant fireplaces, beautiful tapestries and grand chandeliers.

Real Wedding: A Sunny Fitzpatrick Castle Wedding by Monica Hadarean Photography

Belleek Castle Hotel, Ballina, Co. Mayo

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If you’re after a romantic, castle experience, the enchanting Belleek Castle Hotel is located on 200 acres of woodland and dates back to the early 1800’s. Their Medieval Banqueting Hall, located in the stone arched vaults, which formed part of the original Belleek Abbey in the 13th century is perfect for larger affairs up to 200 guests while their Library restaurant is ideal for smaller parties.

Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Monaghan

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Dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie is a magical private estate in Monaghan, very accessible from either Dublin or Belfast. The fairy tale estate is still in the hands of its founding family and is steeped in history and is brimming with character and charm. This beautiful setting can be exclusively yours and is perfect for both small, intimate affairs and more grand wedding celebrations. The Pavilion at Castle Leslie Estate is a delightful space overlooking Glaslough Lake, which can accommodate up to 260 guests.

Real Wedding: A Fairy Tale Wedding at Castle Leslie by Weddings by Kara

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