10 Enchanting Castle Hotels in Ireland (You Won’t Want to Leave!)


Ireland Castles You Can Stay In


There are so many choices for where to stay in Ireland… but nothing quite like staying in a castle! An overnight stay in one of these historic Irish landmarks is an experience unlike any other. Most Irish castles lay in ruins so the only way to see the medieval castles as they once were is to stay in a caste hotel!

Below are some of the best Irish castle hotels to stay in for an unforgettable vacation!



The Best Irish Castle Hotels

Some castle hotels in Ireland have been meticulously restored and are gorgeous. We’ve narrowed it down to the cream of the crop – everything from luxury castle hotels to off-the-grid self service castle hotels to smaller, boutique castle lodges!

Regardless, they are all located in Ireland’s beautiful countryside and offer a one of a kind experience.


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1. Ashford Castle


Ashford Castle is one of the oldest and most famous castles in Ireland.

Over 800 years old and lavishly decorated interiors along with a state of the art spa and delicious cuisine, Ashford Castle takes the cake as one of Ireland’s most luxurious and most romantic castle accommodations.

You can go golfing, horseback riding or learn about falconry. There are multiple decadent restaurants and cocktail lounges on site and all the staff are incredibly warm and helpful.

It’s also quite exclusive – although everyone wants a peak at the grounds only hotel guests are allowed to explore the extensive property.

If you want to stay in a castle in Ireland for that fairy-tale experience, this glorious hotel is it!

Adare Manor offers both rooms in the castle, and in smaller lodges on the grounds.

Check rates: Hotels.com | Or prepay and save 15% at The Lodge

Read reviews: TripAdvisor


2. Adare Manor


Adare Manor just re-opened in November 2017 after the largest restoration project of its kind in Ireland and it could easily top the cake for one of the best castles in Ireland.

This is one of Ireland’s most unique castle hotels! Built as a ‘calendar house’, there are 365 windows, 52 chimney stacks, 7 pillars and 4 tours (to represent the seasons)

Adare’s been fully upgraded, complete with power lights which automatically turn off at bedtime; automatic dimmer lights in the bathroom should you get up in the middle of the night; rooms keyed to both card and phone entry, etc.

Meanwhile, the on site restaurants serve a huge range of Irish whiskeys and local craft beers and locally sourced, Irish cuisine. The fine dining option, The Oakroom is hoping to attract a Michelin star with its 5 course dinners!

Finally, Adare Manor’s spa offers La Mer treatments for the ladies, and an extensive golf course for the men – the course has been upgraded with state of the art technology to enable play even on rainy days!

With a massive renovation, Adare Manor is one of the newest luxury hotels in the country

Check rates: Hotels.com | Read reviews: TripAdvisor


3. Ballynahinch Castle


This amazing Galway Castle Hotel is located in magical Connemara. Set on over 700 acres of woodland and rivers, the castle hotel is perfect for outdoorsy families. Whether you want to go fly fishing, hike surrounding Connemara, boat ride and lobster catch around Roundstone Bay, go clay shooting or cycling along the coast, guides and staff are on hand to make every adventure happen.

Bedrooms have wonderful views over a salmon fishery while the back is flanked by the stunning 12 Bends Mountain range. Best of all? Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is located along the Wild Atlantic Way and easily accessible for visitors doing a self drive road trip.

Compare rates: Booking.comHotels.com

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4. Ballyseede Castle


Ballyseede is the only castle hotel in County Kerry, Ireland. Near Tralee on the Ring of Kerry, this Irish castle makes for the perfect place to stay if you love the outdoors or if you’re planning a destination wedding.

Rooms are decorated in Old World elegance and the on site restaurant, O’Connell, has won several local Irish awards for its locally sourced ingredients, atmosphere and wine.

Kids will love the splash sports nearby. Since Ballyseede is located along the Wild Atlantic Way, adventurous travelers can stand up paddle board, surf, canoe or try banana boat rides, water slides and water trampolines! There’s also a surf school in Kerry.

Compare rates: Booking.comHotels.com

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5. Cabra Castle


Cabra Castle is one of the most popular castle hotels in Ireland for weddings. Set on over 100 acres in the idyllic location of County Cavan, Cabra Castle has all the classic nooks, crannies and grand reception rooms that you’d expect of a beautiful castle hotel.

There are just 24 bedrooms in the castle but there are also 6 adorable cottages built on the estate which guests can book. One thing not to miss – dinner at the Courtroom Restaurant! The first floor restaurant has beautiful arched windows overlooking the gardens and is the most picturesque spot for a meal!

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6. Clontarf Castle


Did you know there’s an ivy-clad Irish castle hotel, complete with grand turrets, just 10 minutes from Dublin’s modern city center? Clontarf Castle is a gorgeous, modern luxury hotel and the closest castle hotel near Dublin – the only one of its kind.

Suites feature fun, four poster beds and views of the Dublin mountains while the common areas have a complete collection of quirky, modern art. There’s the on site restaurant, Farenheit, which has its original arched timber ceilings and excellent contemporary Irish cuisine as well as a more modern lounge, Indigo, which has glamorous red chandeliers and a fun ‘fusion’ afternoon tea experience.

This is one Dublin hotel that can’t be beat!

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7. Dromoland Castle


Dromoland is one of Ireland’s most historic castles. This was once the ancestral home of the Irish kings – the O’Briens of Dromoland who were the Kings of Thomond and descended from the Irish High King Brian Boru.

Grand staircases, antique chandeliers and beautifully furnished rooms make a stay here a truly luxury experience! From gourmet dining to outdoor pursuits, there’s lots to do at Dromoland. Kids can try archery, families can row on the lake or feed the ducks and everyone can enjoy a falconry tour. There’s also a fantastic on site spa!

Dromoland is quite popular with travelers as it’s located near the Wild Atlantic Way and popular sights like the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, so make sure to book in advance.

Check rates: Hotels.com

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8. Kilkea Castle


Kilkea Castle is located in county Kildare and first built in 1180. It has quite an illustrious history, having been built by the Earl of Ulster and Chief Governor of Ireland as a reward for the Norman knights who invaded Ireland from the Vikings.

Rooms are luxurious and unique – guests can choose from rooms inside the castle, carriage rooms or in one of Kilkea Castle’s cozy lodges. Most guests will want to try out the hotel’s challenging 18-hole course while families can try archery lessons, horseback riding, fishing and falconry.

There’s even a river and floaties for those who want to grab a glass of wine and float “lazy river” style in the afternoons!

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9. Markree Castle

Located in County Sligo, Markree Castle is a stunning Irish castle hotel in the border region between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Recently renovated in March 2017, this Irish castle hotel offers a fairy-tale experience with its luxurious rooms and manicured grounds. It’s also quite popular for weddings and events – just look at that unique chapel!

There are just 30 bedrooms in total, each with luxury en-suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and modern luxury touches. Some suites even have gorgeous claw foot tubs by the window!

Check rates: Hotels.com

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10. Wilton Castle


A beautiful castle with turrets, chimney stacks and two wings, Wilton Castle is located in the heart of County Wexford.

There are just 4 suites available for rent and can be a great option for groups. Each suite has its own kitchen and sitting room with fireplace but all are unique in size and furnishings.

This is a great castle accommodation option for those who like to get away to the countryside, have a long weekend off the grid and self cater (castle bed and breakfast options are also available).

Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com

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The Best Castles to Stay in Ireland

Below is a summary of the Irish castles mentioned above, highlighting their location and amenities.

Castle Location Best For Rates
1. Adare Manor Co Limerick Luxury, Golf, Families Check rates here
2. Ashford Castle Co Mayo Luxury, Families Check rates here
3. Ballynahinch Castle Co Galway Families Check rates here
4. Ballyseede Castle Co Kerry Weddings Check rates here
5. Cabra Castle Co Cavan Weddings Check rates here
6. Clontarf Castle Co Dublin Luxury, Families Check rates here
7. Dromoland Castle Co Clare Luxury, Families Check rates here
8. Kilkea Castle Co Kildare Luxury, Golf, Families Check rates here
9. Markree Castle Co Sligo Luxury Check rates here
10. Wilton Castle Co Wexford Groups who want to escape Check rates here


Which castle hotel in Ireland is your favorite? Let us know in the comments what your Irish castle accommodation was like!


Visiting Ireland – Travel Checklist

Aer Lingus, the national Irish airline, offers non-stop flights from select US cities. We didn’t enjoy our experience with them (flight attendants skipped us for meals multiple times and were rude) but Aer Lingus is rapidly expanding their routes. Two reasons to recommend Aer Lingus: low fares, some non stop, from many US cities and their pre-clearance facilities. We found cheap flights to Ireland in October – you can check for flight deals and routes here.

When returning to the U.S., take advantage of the U.S. pre-clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports, where you complete U.S. immigration, customs and agriculture controls before departure so that when you land in the U.S., you can just collect your bags.

I highly recommend staying at an Irish country house or family run hotel during your trip. Irish hospitality is truly something else. Check out Ireland’s Blue Book for luxury, boutique accommodation with a focus on family-run properties and excellent food.

Lastly, be sure to visit Ireland with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or a flight delay leaves you with nothing but the clothes on your back, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Hurricane Ophelia hit the country smack in the middle of our road trip! I use and recommend Allianz travel insurance.


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Irish Sights, Activities & Tours We Especially Enjoyed:

Co Galway: Visiting Kylemore Abbey, Ireland’s Most Beautiful Castle?

Co Kerry: 7 Can’t Miss Sights in Killarney

Mingle in Dingle: The Best Things to Do in this Quaint Fishing Village

Co Waterford: 8 Reasons You’ll Love Waterford, Ireland’s Oldest City!

Visiting the House of Waterford Crystal

Is Mount Congreve Ireland’s Best Garden?

Co Wexford: Don’t Skip Wexford – Here’s Why!

Co Kilkenny: Exploring Kilkenny Castle, in photos


Restaurant & Hotels We Loved:

County Clare: Gregans Castle Hotel

County Galway: Rosleague Manor Hotel, Where to Stay in Galway

County Wexford: The Strand Inn

County Waterford: The Cliff House Hotel, The Reg Pub


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Diana MullinsSeptember 11, 2018 - 8:02 pm

We absolutely loved our castle stay at Loche Eske in Donegal. The staff was simply amazing and they took care of us from the minute we stepped out of our car. They even parked it for us!!! The amenities were amazing, and the restaurant was great,as was the nightlife right on premises.They had live music and numerous spots available to just relax and enjoy the wood-burning fire with a good book or drink. Breakfast was varied and delicious. Our room was beautiful and very comfortable.

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