10 Fairytale Castle Wedding Venues in Ireland
We know from experience that what a couple wants from a wedding venue changes from wedding to wedding. There are so many factors that can affect your decision, and finding that perfect venue isn't easy.
But the one venue that always remains a fairytale location is a castle! Which country has castles in abundance? Ireland of course! From hidden estates tucked away in miles of greenery, to the historic country houses hidden in beautiful forests on the edges of the Atlantic Ocean, there are so many to choose from!
Belleek Castle, Ballina, County Mayo
Tucked into the depths of the peaceful and mysterious Belleek Woods on the banks of the salmon-famous River Moy on the West coast of Ireland, Belleek Castle is seeping in historic romance and medieval charm. A gorgeous setting for a more intimate ceremony, its cozy and opulent antique interior carries all the way through to the bedrooms, with their four-poster beds and open fireplaces. You will really feel like you are hidden away from the rest of the world on your special day!
Kilronan Castle, Boyle, County Roscommon
This secluded, luxury castle hotel is set on the beautiful shores of Lough Meelagh in Roscommon. Kilronan castle is surrounded by over forty acres of breathtaking scenery, including ancient forests and historical sites. The castle is truly magnificent as it comes into view as you travel up the drive that is bordered by acres of lawns. Even better, it boasts one of the best spas in Ireland, so you can pamper yourself before the big day.
Clontarf Castle, Dublin
This castle, close to Dublin's City Center, has been a popular choice of wedding venue for couples for over 50 years! Set in picturesque surroundings, Clontarf Castle is a unique wedding venue that caters for intimate weddings in the private Viking Suite as well as larger celebrations in the beautiful Great Hall. The Louise Kennedy Crystal chandeliers alone will take your breath away!
Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, County Cavan
Set in 100 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and parkland, Cabra Castle is a magnificent 19th Century castle hotel set deep in the Cavan countryside. With a magnificent backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park, you can say your vows surrounded by period features and furnishings in this castle that dates back to the 18th Century. You can even walk up the red carpet into the hotel as a traditional bag piper to greets you on arrival and at your reception!
Barberstown Castle, Straffan, County Kildare
Built in the 13th Century, Barberstown Castle is a dream venue for intimate or large weddings. The main historic Castle Battlement was built in 1288, and Victorian and Elizabethan extensions were added to the building. The recently renovated castle stands in 20 acres of beautiful surrounding gardens that are perfect for some spectacular wedding photos. As well as being a romantic fairytale setting, another advantage for couples is how close it is to the airport for guests who are flying in for the wedding.
Kinnitty Castle, Kinnitty, Co. Offaly
Nested in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Kinnitty Castle is the perfect setting filled with romance for a fairytale wedding. The winding avenue opens onto breathtaking views of the 13th century castle that is situated on 650 acres of parkland (your guests will be blown away by the view alone). The castle is the perfect venue for the couple that want something special and uniquely Irish on their wedding day.
Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare
This beautiful castle has been a favorite for wedding parties for many years. Its beautifully landscaped gardens, winding staircases and sumptuous guest rooms epitomize Celtic beauty and romance. The Castle's Wine Cellar holds as selection of over 600 vintages from around the World. It's five star luxury is a haven of splendor in which to celebrate your big day.
Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo
The beauty and idyllic surroundings alone of this castleis nearly enough to make your wedding day unique, but it is the enchanted feeling that the castle exerts to it's guests that really make it a special place to host the occasion. With two churches located in and around the gorgeous grounds, guests can have the entire estate at their fingertips - free to wander across the open lawns, and Victorian walled gardens. The lakeside woodland pathways create a stunning backdrop for some beautiful wedding photos, so that your entire day can be captured at this luxurious and timeless hideaway.
Luttrellstown Castle, Clonsilla, Dublin
If you always pictured your wedding as an elegant and gorgeously classy affair, without compromising on the romantic, Luttrellstown Castle just outside Ireland's capital city is the perfect place. The choice venue of celebrities such as the Beckhams, it is elegant and understated with a real air of understated romance and grandeur.
Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough, County Monaghan
This secluded estate is nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and the glittering lakes of Northern Ireland. Full of character and romantic charm, it is still in the hands of its founding family and steeped in amour and history.