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Authentic Castle Hotels
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Modern Castle Hotels
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.