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* 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 Hotel Limerick 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 1800’s. 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 our 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!

 

*Adare Manor is currently closed for refurbishment and will re-open its doors in the fall of 2017.

3. Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle makes our list for the one of the most romantic places to stay in Ireland & has been used in a lot of movies filmed in Ireland, or has been used to accommodate film stars and crews. This 5-Star property is nested 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, and just a stone’s throw from the 9 Glens of Antrim and then on to the Giant’s Causeway. A stay at this is a journey in more ways than one. Because it’s the perfect base for exploring the stunning Antrim Coast – and your more 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 Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara. 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 ideal for sight-seeing, golf, fishing, horse riding, dog racing, walking/hiking and much more. 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. Ballyseede Castle is located in the heart of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. 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
Walking – Enjoy walking along the historic Canals throughout Kildare. Racing – Ireland is the thoroughbred county of Ireland featuring the best of the country’s horse racing. Golf – Kildare is the Ryder Cup County of Ireland! Equestrian and Country Pursuits – Equestrian and country pursuits are available to guests and located on Barberstown Castle’s doorstep. Shopping – Treat yourself to an enjoyable afternoon or morning of shopping! Heritage and Historical Sites – Ireland’s East Coast and Dublin have up up to 5 days worth of historical and cultural sites to visit. Private Tour Guide – Use Barberstown Castle as an ideal base from which to visit Ireland and the East Coast of Ireland as well as an Irish Garden Tour. 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 Weekend break, Wedding Reception, Civil Ceremony, exclusive Conference on Dublin’s doorstep or the perfect base for your Historic Irish castle vacation.

8. Bellingham Castle

9. Cabra Castle
No stay at Cabra Castle would be complete without a round or two on our 9 hole golf course or a game of tennis on their hard court. Fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and archery are also available nearby. Dun A Ri Forest Park nestles on Cabra Castle’s doorstep and indeed, historically was part of the Castle lands. The park is truly beautiful in each of the seasons with blazes of colour as the Rhododendrons bloom in Spring and Summer and stunning Autumn colours. There are plenty of walking trails from which to choose, both short and long distance.

The World Heritage Site of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth is approximately 45 minutes away, These ancient temple and passage tombs are over 5,000 years old, older than Stonehenge in England and the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. As this is such a popular tourist attraction, plan to get there early to avoid disappointment. The Medieval town of Carlingford is just over an hour’s drive from the Castle- a charming and scenic, lakeside town and heritage centre nestled below the Cooley Mountains. As well as its historic attractions, it offers an array of quality restaurants and some very attractive shops and galleries, as well as a Water Sports Adventure Centre. The historic town of Drogheda is a bigger and busier historic town, with many mediaeval sites of interest as well as a bustling commercial and shopping centre for the region (approx 45 minutes away). The Castle is just four miles from the town of Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, home to the world famous Carrickmacross Lace.

10. Castle Leslie
Explore the 1,000 acre Estate on horse back of this 4-Star property. As one of Europe’s finest equestrian playgrounds, this castle hotel Ireland 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 the picturesque lake.Relax in the organic Victorian Treatment Rooms complete with Victorian steam boxes and outdoor hot tub. Take in a private movie screening at their cinema in the Castle.

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, unobtrusive service is never compromised. Guests can relax under the careful attention of our staff and enjoy an exquisite selection of gourmet fine dining and delicious wines; unwind slowly in the Castle’s 5 Star luxury Health 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 Ireland is the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant cities of Limerick and Galway; the magical Shannon region and Ireland’s rugged West Coast. Dromoland Castle makes our list for the 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, Dublin, is the epitome of elegance on the South Dublin Coast. Situated just 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre, Fitzpatrick Castle, an 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, Newly Refurbished Dungeon Bar, Fully Equipped Fitness Centre, 20m Swimming Pool, Wedding/Banqueting suites for up to 400 people, and Conferencing Facilities for up to 600 delegates.

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 decoration! Guests have included 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 1800’s and belonged to Colonel King Tenison. Consider booking Kilronan Castle when planning your romantic vacation to Ireland. Kilronan Castle also makes for a great honeymoon in Ireland location!

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, some of which we offer guests within the Castle Grounds. All other activities are located within a short distance to the Hotel. The Hotel boasts a fully tarmaced tennis court which guests may use at anytime, rackets and tennis balls are provided. We can organize horse riding treks in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and/or lessons for you with a qualified instructor. We 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. On the grounds of Kinnitty Castle Hotel, we have the following equipment, with complimentary use to ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable family break: Mountain Bikes, Tennis Rackets and Balls, Badminton Rackets, Baseball, Rounders, Soccer, Nintendo Wii & Range of Games, Boards Games for all the family, Books, Newspapers and glossy magazines. 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 and small groups. You may also want to look into booking this remarkable castle for your honeymoon! Activities in a 30 minutes radius include: Horse Riding, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Golfing, Boat Trips, Fishing, Lough Arrow Adventure Centre – Ballinafad, Co. Sligo, Lough Allen Sailing & Adventure Centre – Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

Lough Arrow offers: Kayaking, Canadian Canoeing, Hill Walking, Team Building and other activities which include week long white water rafting courses & in summertime there are Summer Camps for Children also – July & Aug.

Lough Allen Sailing & Adventure Centre – Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim: Canoeing/Kayaking, Wind-Surfing, Hill Walking, Boat Rental – small boat with oars & engine, Sail Boat Rental – 30 foot yacht, Angling – Coarse Fishing (from the shore) for Breem or Roach otherwise Trout or Pike Fishing with a boat & engine. Other items of interest in the local area include Art, Music and Drama, Aura Leitrim Leisure, Bowling, Cinema, Equestrian, Health, Beauty & Spa Facilities, Leitrim Sculpture Center, Museums, Places of Interest, Motor Sports and Outdoor Pursuits.

17. Markree Castle

18. Ross Castle
*Only 5 bedrooms!

19. Waterford Castle
For many, the island is a destination in itself but should you want to leave its shores you’ll find plenty to interest you. Discover a historic city with roots in Norman times, where today, commerce, enterprise and industry thrive. Waterford City is home to many exciting and historic tourist attractions and of course is home to the wonderful Waterford Crystal.

Being renowned for its fresh produce and the wonderful seafood harvested from the wild Atlantic, you’ll find plenty of exciting restaurants in Waterford City to tempt you. Famed as a centre for cultural and artistic activity you’ll find a busy calendar of year round events – theatre, opera, festivals and music to suit all tastes.

The glorious beaches and picturesque villages of the Sunny South East are on your doorstep, and racing enthusiasts will enjoy the thrill of a day at nearby Tramore or Gowran Park racecourses. Golfers will be spoilt for choice with other golfing gems such as nearby Faithlegg and Mount Juliet just a short drive away.

 

Modern Castle Hotels

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1. Clontarf Castle
Celebrate, chill out, or relish in a little of both. The Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland is a perfect blend of a boutique and luxury hotel, providing 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 luxurious Clontarf Castle Hotel is part of a privately owned Irish collection of hotels and is located just two miles from Dublin city centre 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 as well!

Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa Ireland offers the best of both worlds in its location; enjoying an idyllic setting in the Meath countryside, positioned most conveniently at the same time, within a short distance from Dublin’s City Centre.

The neighbouring Blanchardstown Shopping Centre offers a huge variety of shops and cafes along with one of Dublin’s largest multiplex cinemas. For our more junior guests or the young at heart, The National Aquatic Centre and Dublin Zoo are close by.

3. Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
Nestling 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 new 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 our 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 centre capable of proudly taking 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. Book one of our Ireland holiday breaks, spa escapes, or midweek deals, and experience the adventure of a lifetime. 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 Executive Chef, Philipp Ferber, 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 relaxed hotel accommodation, then a few nights stay at our hotel in Doolin, Co Clare, is just right for you. We offer luxury accommodation and style at Ballinalacken Castle Hotel, full bed and breakfast and dining in our 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 a s 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 called “Durty Nellies” which you will find is 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.