Planning a trip to Ireland? Live like royalty in one of these grand castles to stay in Ireland. Irish castles are steeped in history and a castle vacation will make you feel like a king or a queen.
Castles to stay in Ireland
1- Dromoland Castle, County Clare, Ireland
One of the most luxurious of Irish castles, this 16th-century castle has been a hotel since 1962 and is the ancestral home of the O’Brien clan, a native Gaelic family of royal blood and direct descendants of Ireland’s last High King, Brian Boru.
The ambience is of a plush private club with stately halls, open fires, family portraits and mahogany.
The spa is a contemporary oasis of calm within the castle walls with six luxury treatment rooms and an outdoor gazebo-covered hydro spa.
It’s one of the best Irish castles to stay in for golfers, with an 18-hole par 72 golf course designed by Irish golfing legend J.B. Carr.
The Dromoland Castle Golf Academy has a nine-bay, floodlit, fully automated driving range, a 500 sqm putting green along with a bunker and chipping green modelled after the famous ‘Road Hole’ bunker on the 17th at St Andrews.
2- Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
One of the most picturesque Irish castles, surrounded by picture-perfect emerald forests, lush rolling hills and lakes where the movie “The Quiet Man” was filmed, this 13th-century castle sits majestically by scenic Lough Corrib.
Once the estate of the aristocratic Guinness family, known for their expertise in brewing, banking and politics, Ashford Castle opened as a hotel in 1939 and is never short of visiting celebrities. It’s the perfect choice to treat yourself to an Ireland castle vacation.
Suave Bond actor Pierce Brosnan married Keely Shaye Smith in a traditional Irish reception here in 2001.
Guest rooms are individually and stylishly designed with marble bathrooms, sumptuous fabrics and stately furnishings.
Rooms retain their original features but are equipped with modern conveniences such as broadband connectivity and interactive TV.
Falconry, clay shooting and golf (there’s a nine-hole par 35 parkland course designed by Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett) are among the activities on offer. The spa menu is extensive and specialises in Yon-Ka products used in energy balancing treatments.
More castles to stay in Ireland
Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort (Waterford, Ireland) – A luxury castle hotel with elegant rooms, amazing views and 800 years of Irish history.
Barberstown Castle (Straffan, Ireland) – A four-star castle hotel with a history that dates back to the 13th century. Think chandeliers and antique decor.
Skryne Castle (Ross Cross Roads, Ireland) – One of the best castles in Ireland to stay in that has a working stable. If you’re keen on horse riding it’s worth checking out.
Lisheen Castle (Moyne, Ireland) – A nine-bedroom castle perfect for a Co Tipperary extended family gathering.
Luttrellstown Castle Resort (Luttrellstown, Ireland) – Be one of 24 guests in this boutique castle near Dublin, with its own chef and lovely gardens. This is where David and Victoria Beckham were married.
Kinnity Castle Hotel (Kinnity, Ireland) – A Gothic castle built in 1209, Kinnity Castle has character, clay pigeon shooting and classic decorations.