Castle Stays Ireland


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Discover a few of Tenon Tours’ favorite Castles Hotels in Ireland by scrolling through our list below!

 

Authentic Castle Hotels

 

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1. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
The family-run 4-star Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Connemara is nestled in the romantic setting of the Twelve Bens with beautiful views overlooking Clifden. Only 3 hours from Dublin, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is in a perfect location for touring Connemara or a romantic break with breathtaking scenery. They are located on the Wild Atlantic Way and have an award-winning restaurant! Be sure to say hello to their pet bird at reception named Froda.
2. Adare Manor

All of the bedrooms in this 5-star Limerick hotel are individually designed – each with its own personality and proportion – many featuring the little details and additions lovingly added by Lord & Lady Dunraven in the 1800s. Expect carved headboards, expansive adjoining bathrooms and original fireplaces – each room telling its own version of a story. Guests can choose to dine in the comfort of their own rooms with an in-room menu appealing to any time of day. Boudoir seating and ample table space mean that one need not leave their room at all!

3. Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle makes our list for one of the most romantic places to stay in Ireland and has been used in many movies – it has even been used to accommodate film stars and crews. This 5-star property is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Connemara. Ashford, with 83 rooms, offers excellent angling or fishing waters, exciting walking and mountain climbing trails, a good choice of golf courses, opportunities for many other types of activity-holidays, as well as some of the most interesting archaeological and historical sites in Ireland.
4. Ballygally Castle
Perched on the tip of one of the world’s greatest road journeys, the Causeway Coastal Route, sits a 17th-century castle: Ballygally Castle. Overlooking the golden sands of Ballygally Bay towards Scotland, this property is just a stone’s throw from the 9 Glens of Antrim and then onto the Giant’s Causeway. It’s the perfect base for exploring the stunning Antrim Coast as well as your creative side. Read a novel. Write a novel. Paint in their beautiful gardens. Drive a vintage car along the coast. Golf. Fish. Or join in the many activities provided by the Ballygally Castle and places nearby. And if you’re up for a little history – there are rumors of Ballygally being haunted by a number of ghosts!
5. Ballynahinch Castle
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of the finest 4-star luxury castle hotels in Ireland. Set in a private 450-acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara Co. Galway, this luxury, yet unpretentious Ireland castle hotel stands proudly overlooking its famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is also the perfect base for walking in Connemara. Few Irish castles offer hotel rooms with aspects to match. The hotel accommodation comprises of 40 guest rooms, of which nearly half are classic rooms situated in the older part of the Connemara castle, and two riverside wings of superior rooms and luxury rooms and suites.
6. Ballyseede Castle
Ballyseede Castle is on the gateway to the South West and ideal for sight-seeing, golf, fishing, horse riding, dog racing, walking/hiking and much more. Ballyseede Castle is located in the heart of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. Tralee is the headquarters of Siamsa Tire (Ireland’s National Folk Theatre). Founded in 1974, the Siamsa Tíre mission is to reflect Ireland’s great wealth of music, dance and folklore on stage, through vibrant, colourful theatrical entertainment and to continue creating new folk theatre presentations, drawing on our traditions and a rich cultural reservoir. County Kerry, traditionally known as the ‘kingdom,’ is situated in the south-west of Ireland. Ballyseede Castle is one of the most popular Irish castles to stay in among Tenon Tours travelers.
7. Barberstown Castle
Visitors to Barberstown Castle will experience a very relaxing and welcoming Irish castle while enjoying great food, good wines, open log fires, luxury, and exceptional personal service. This intimate castle is ideal for your next romantic Ireland vacation, wedding reception, civil ceremony, exclusive conference or the perfect base for your historic Irish castle vacation.
8. Bellingham Castle
Less than one hour from Dublin and Belfast, Bellingham Castle is the perfect destination for a romantic, personal and luxurious castle wedding and is also ideal for private functions, conferences and events. The castle was built around 1660 and is one of the leading venues for corporate events in northeastern Ireland.
9. Cabra Castle

No stay at Cabra Castle would be complete without a round or two on their 9 hole golf course or a game of tennis on their hardcourt. Fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and archery are also available nearby. Popular nearby attractions include Dun A Ri Forest Park; the World Heritage Site of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth; the medieval town of Carlingford; the historic town of Drogheda; and Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

10. Castle Leslie
Explore the 1,000 acre Estate on horseback of this 4-star property. As one of Europe’s finest equestrian playgrounds, this castle hotel comprises 21 miles of meandering bridleway for riding enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced rider looking for the thrill of fast-paced exhilarating cross-country rides, Castle Leslie Estate is the place for you. With over 100 jumps for more experienced riders, first-timers can try the virtual horse before tackling the real thing. Partake in some of the best pike fishing in Europe on their picturesque lake, relax in the organic Victorian Treatment Rooms complete with Victorian steam boxes and outdoor hot tub or take in a private movie screening at their cinema in the castle – the options are endless.
11. Dromoland Castle

Approached by a meandering drive that passes acres of magnificent lawns, this luxury 5-star castle hotel overlooks its own championship golf course and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds.

Seamlessly blending old-world elegance with contemporary luxuries, Dromoland’s tradition of delivering impeccable service is never compromised. Guests can relax under the careful attention of their staff and enjoy an exquisite selection of gourmet fine dining and delicious wines; unwind slowly in the castle’s 5-star luxury spa or indoor heated pool; or enjoy a good book beside a crackling evening fire. Situated just 8 miles from Shannon International Airport, and regarded as one of the top luxury hotels Ireland has to offer, Dromoland Castle Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant cities of Limerick and Galway. Dromoland Castle makes our list for one of the most romantic places to stay in Ireland. Look into booking this remarkable castle for your honeymoon in Ireland!

12. Fitzpatrick Castle

The Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is the epitome of elegance on the South Dublin coast. Situated just 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre, this 18th-century 4-star castle hotel offers opulence and tranquility within breathtaking surroundings overlooking Dublin Bay. Just some of the facilities available to their guests include: 2 award-winning restaurants, library bar & lounge, fully equipped fitness center and swimming pool.

Fitzpatrick Castle is one of the amazing castles stay options on the Irish Castles self-drive tour. It’s also a great option if you’d like to be close to Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre but would prefer to not be directly in the city.

13. Gregan’s Castle Hotel

This castle hotel is nestled away in the heart of the Burren. They pride themselves in being a luxury and gourmet retreat. They have their own established gardens and views of the Burren all the way to Galway Bay. Inside this castle hotel, you will find open fires, candlelight and striking decor. Past guests include J.R.R Tolkien (who’s said to have been influenced by the Burren when writing The Lord of the Rings) as well as other revered artists and writers such as Seamus Heaney and Sean Scully. They also have an award-winning restaurant!

14. Kilronan Castle
Kilronan comes from the Gaelic ‘Cill Ronain’ which means Ronan’s Abbey, the ruins of which are close by, as well as St. Ronan’s Holy Well and the hallow stone he used for the baptism of his followers. The original castle was built in the early 1800s and belonged to Colonel King Tenison. Consider booking Kilronan Castle when planning your romantic vacation to Ireland. Kilronan Castle is also a great option for a honeymoon!
15. Kinnitty Castle

Kinnitty Castle Hotel is the perfect location for all outdoor pursuits as it is situated at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The hotel boasts a fully tarmacked tennis court which guests may use at any time. They offer horseriding treks in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and/or lessons with a qualified instructor. They also offer clay pigeon shooting on the grounds of Kinnitty Castle Hotel.

There are lots of things that families can do in the surrounding areas. Kinnitty Castle Hotel is nestled in the heart of the midlands and is very lucky to be surrounded by a wide variety of festivals and events. Kinnitty Castle is a great place to stay for families and small groups. You may also want to look into booking this remarkable castle for your honeymoon in Ireland!

16. Lough Rynn Castle

Lough Rynn Castle is a great place to stay for families, small groups and couples. Activities in a 30-minute radius include: horseback riding, clay pigeon shooting, golfing, boat trips, fishing and much, much more.

17. Markree Castle
Markree Castle, along with their sister castles – Ballyseede Castle, Bellingham Castle and Cabra Castle – is a proud member of Original Irish Hotels. Markree Castle is an extraordinary venue – an authentic and historic Irish Castle located in the northwest of Ireland on the route of the world-famous Wild Atlantic Way. Activities include hawk walks, stand-up paddling, trail running, surfing and more.
18. Ross Castle
Ross Castle is situated on the shores of Lough Sheelin, County Meath, in the heart of Ireland. It features unique en-suite bed-and-breakfast accommodations in a historic setting. The castle offers beautiful waterfront views across a lake, famous for trout, perch and pike fishing.
19. Waterford Castle
Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort is set on an enchanted 310-acre private island, accessible via a short crossing on the resort’s private car ferry over the King’s Channel. With just nineteen bedrooms, Waterford Castle is the ideal place for an intimate getaway, or to take over exclusively for a special celebration. Whether you are a master at golf, a croquet enthusiast, a clay pigeon top-class shooter, a pro tennis player or a keen walker, they offer a numerous range of breathtaking outdoor activities.

 

Modern Castle Hotels

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1. Clontarf Castle
The Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland is a perfect blend of boutique and luxury, providing a unique style and exceptional service in comfortable surroundings as well as a great place to experience romantic Ireland. This unique luxury hotel in Dublin is well thought out from the guests’ point of view by providing a modern aesthetic built around an ancient form.

As one of Dublin and Ireland’s top castle hotels, the Clontarf Castle Hotel is part of a privately owned Irish collection of hotels and is located just two miles from Dublin city center and just five miles from Dublin Airport. The Clontarf Castle Hotel in Ireland is an oasis, tucked away in a tranquil setting, surrounded by fabulous golf courses and the sounds of lapping waters from the Irish Sea.

2. Dunboyne Castle

Dunboyne Castle is a fantastic option for travelers wanting to get away from Dublin city but who’d like to stay close enough to get to the airport easily. They also have fantastic golf options available nearby!

Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa offers the best of both worlds in its location. Enjoy an idyllic setting in the Meath countryside, positioned conveniently within a short distance from Dublin’s city centre.

The neighboring Blanchardstown Shopping Centre offers a huge variety of shops and cafes along with one of Dublin’s largest multiplex cinemas. The National Aquatic Centre and Dublin Zoo are also close by.

3. Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

Nestled at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds. A golden strand of beach borders one side while the mighty Royal County Down golf links frames the other. This lovingly maintained Victorian hotel is now home to one of Europe’s finest resort spas and is equally suited to a short break, residential conference or even grander events.

The hotel boasts 180 luxurious bedrooms, including 100 executive and resort rooms and six magnificent suites, many of which have stunning panoramic views over the Mountaine of Mourne and County Down coastline. All bedrooms are finished in tasteful, traditional styles with every modern comfort, including the famous cloud beds. Add this to the spa facilities and proximity to one of the world’s finest golf courses and you have a holiday destination or conference center capable of proudly taking the stage with the world’s best resorts.

4. Solis Lough Eske Castle

Step into the Solis Lough Eske Castle, and you step into an imposing Tudor-baronial castle, lavishly refurbished in 2007 and extended to create the modern comforts and graceful luxury of a world class boutique hotel. With stunning views amidst hundreds of acres of unspoiled woodlands, the landscape is as magnificent as the hotel itself.

Overlooking a stretch of countryside between Lough Eske and the Blue Stack Mountains, Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa offers an exhilarating destination for holidays in Ireland. The Castle is located within a short distance of the 7 wonders of the Northwest – a must see for all new visitors to the region. Walking enthusiasts can embark on the world-renowned and globally popular International Appalachian Trail, part of which surrounds Lough Eske Castle in the form of the Bluestack Mountains. Solis Lough Eske Castle also offers a 3-hour cookery class with their executive chef as well as kids’ activities, golf, surfing and water sports, equestrian and fishing.

 

Hotels Next to Castles

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1. Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel

If you are looking for a country house weekend or relaxing hotel accommodation, then a few nights stay at this hotel in Doolin, Co Clare is just right for you. They offer luxury accommodations and style at Ballinalacken Castle Hotel as well as full dining in their award-winning restaurant.

Situated 5 miles from the spa town of Lisdoonvarna and within easy reach of the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, Connemara & Galway, it would be difficult to find a more beautiful place on the West Coast of Ireland in which to wake up. The Ballinalacken has been described in the press as one of the finest located houses in Europe. Our guest rooms offer spectacular panoramic views of the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay.

2. Bunratty Castle Hotel

Nestled in the heart of the historic countryside of Bunratty and within easy access to Shannon Airport, the hotel is but a short stroll away from the famous 15th century Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

Medieval banquets in the castle can also be arranged upon your request for any number of “knights and maidens.” Adjacent to the hotel is the world-famous Irish pub “Durty Nellies,” in which you will find a truly unique experience.

Bunratty is an ideal base for visiting and touring the unspoiled, cultural West of Ireland with Galway and Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and the beautiful lakes of Killarney all within an easy day trip. As an added bonus, visit the Bunratty Mills shopping village, located at the foot of the hotel grounds.

3. Kilkenny River Court Hotel
4. Pembroke Hotel
In the center of Kilkenny, you will discover the boutique hotel, Pembroke Kilkenny. Found on Patrick Street, their 4-star hotel has an amazing location! There are 74 quiet, spacious air-conditioned rooms, free private parking and WiFi throughout the hotel.

 

*Castle accommodations listed above may not include all possible castle accommodations available in Ireland. Availability and rates are subject to change at any time at the discretion of each property and may not be reflected in the list above. If you are interested in adding a castle property to your vacation please contact us and your Travel Specialist will let you know if we can provide you a custom quote for your request.
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