When it comes to castle wedding venues in Ireland and we have to admit, it’s extremely easy for us to offer recommendations – there are just so many beautiful, romantic and historic castle wedding venues to choose from. Of course, we do have our favourites, which we’re going to share with you now. Spanning eight centuries and just as many counties, our list includes everything from iconic countryside estates to luxurious coastal hideaways. Without further ado, here are the top Irish castle wedding venues from around Ireland and Northern Ireland!
Castle Wedding Venues in Ireland
We struggle to think of a more glamorous backdrop for a wedding than Luttrellstown Castle. A historic castle with a striking Gothic facade, perched on a 560-acre estate in Dublin 15, it’s the kind of place that you usually only get to experience through TV shows and movies! Although Luttrellstown Castle represents the height of luxury, it has an unexpectedly cosy atmosphere, so, whether you’re inviting 20 people or 180, your guests will feel right at home. Every last room is a showstopper, from the elegant dining halls to the atmospheric Library, so you’re spoiled for choice when choosing where to have your ceremony, drinks reception and wedding feast!
Co. Dublin | up to 180 guests | luttrellstowncastle.com
Ireland is full of historical hotspots, but few are as impressive as the 12th Century castle at Kilkea. This big screen-worthy wedding venue has been hosting epic parties of all kinds for 800 years, but was out of action between the late noughties and 2018, so it really offers the best of both worlds – it’s a well-established venue that your guests will probably have never have been to before! The 180-acre estate is simply made for wedding portraits (we’re particularly fond of the beautiful rose gardens), and the castle itself is surprisingly versatile – the bright and airy Hermione’s Restaurant is suitable for gatherings of up to 50 guests, while the dramatic Baronial Hall can accommodate up to 270.
Co. Kildare | up to 270 guests | kilkeacastle.ie
Castle Leslie Estate
An iconic castle wedding venue with exquisite food, astounding interiors and plenty of accommodation for you and your guests, Castle Leslie Estate is one of Ireland’s most sought-after wedding venues for a reason. Still in the hands of its founding family since the mid 17th Century, Castle Leslie is steeped in history and romance. The castle and 1,000-acre estate are equally charming whether your guest list is 70 or 260 guests long, thanks to the wealth of atmospheric, antique-filled spaces for ceremonies and receptions, and, as it’s located just 80 minutes from Dublin Airport, it’s easy to reach wherever your guests are coming from.
Co. Monaghan | up to 260 guests | castleleslie.com
Perched on the picturesque banks of the River Moy, Belleek Castle is a 19th Century Neo Gothic-style castle surrounded by a fairytale-worthy forest. One of the best things about this castle wedding venue is its versatility. Between the Medieval drama of the Great Hall, which boasts an open fire and intricate wood panelling, and the rustic romance of the restored 19th Century stables, with their exposed beams and brickwork, there are lots of spaces to choose from, each with a different look and vibe. Throw in award-winning, fine-dining cuisine, and a warm, West-of-Ireland welcome and you’ve got easily one of the best castle wedding venues in the country.
Co. Mayo | up to 200 guests | belleekcastle.com
Offering stylish surroundings, friendly service and breathtaking views overlooking Dublin Bay, Fitzpatrick Castle is the kind of wedding venue that you just don’t expect to find in Dublin! With over 40 years of experience in hosting weddings large and small, the Fitzpatrick Castle team are exceptional at what they do, and, better still, they’re happy to collaborate with couples to create a wedding day that’s truly personal to them. The venue’s magnificent gardens look gorgeous in wedding portraits, and the internal spaces are pretty special, too – you’ll find it tough to choose between the Victorian interiors of the castle suites and the knockout coastal view that awaits you and your guests in the elegant Royal Suite.
Co. Dublin | up to 300 guests | fitzpatrickcastle.com
Tucked away in a particularly lush part of the Kildare countryside, just 30 minutes from Dublin, Barberstown Castle is a magical wedding venue housed in a historic castle. Specialising in bespoke wedding celebrations, tailored to reflect the personality of each individual couple, the venue boasts pretty ceremony rooms and medieval banquet rooms, meaning they can cater for anything from intimate gatherings of 50 to lavish affairs of up to 250 guests. A popular choice for foodie couples thanks to the high quality of their cuisine, Barberstown Castle is also renowned for its electric atmosphere – there are 700 years of history contained within those walls, after all!
Co. Kildare | up to 250 guests | barberstowncastle.ie
An exclusive wedding venue set within a 1500-acre estate, Slane Castle offers each couple exclusive use for their wedding day, using the King’s Ballroom, which seats 100 guests, or the Royal Marquee, seating 200+ guests. Exclusive hire of Slane Castle allows you to use all adjacent rooms, such as the elegant Morning Room, and Main Castle Hall, as well as the Castle Dining and Drawing rooms for all your pre- and post-dinner receptions, including Civil Ceremonies. The extensive gardens, woodland, courtyard and gothic arches provide the perfect backdrop for your photos, too!
Co. Meath | up to 200+ guests | slanecastle.ie
Lough Rynn Castle
Set majestically on the shore of Lough Rynn Castle, this secluded, restored 19th Century castle is a fairytale venue where you can entertain guests on the rolling front lawn in summer or by the open inglenook fire in the majestic Baronial Hall in winter. Perfect for wedding portraits, the idyllic walled gardens at Lough Rynn Castle are West of Ireland’s largest and lead down to the beautiful shores of the lough.
Co. Leitrim | up to 320 guests | loughrynn.ie
Old-world elegance and rustic charm meet at this homely 15th Century castle that sits overlooking perfectly landscaped lawns and delightful outdoor features. With dark wood paneling, floral installations and chandeliers, the stylish ceremony room within the courtyard at Darver Castle is warm and inviting alongside the banquet hall which boasts exposed stone walls and a beamed ceiling dressed with fairy lights.
Co. Louth | up to 280 guests | darvercastle.ie
Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa
You’ll certainly feel like royalty exchanging vows Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, the 18th century castle which is surrounded by fifty acres of lush green estate and is next to the beautiful Lough Meelagh. Mixing elegance, sophistication and tradition of the past with the luxury and comfort of the modern era, there are 85 bedrooms on site, as well as self catering accommodation that can host an extended guest list. Private drinks receptions are held in the Dungeon Bar which opens out onto stunning green lawns with lake views and there are not one but three reception rooms to choose from. Not only is the food and drink offering award winning but the luxurious spa too.
Co. Roscommon | up to 360 guests | kilronancastle.ie
Set on a vast 50-acre estate, this romantic, family-run 17th Century manor house serves award-winning food and is only 90 minutes from Dublin and Cork. Boasting elegant décor, the spectacular grand ballroom at Castle Durrow features mirrors, hand-painted silk panels and crystal chandeliers and through the picture-perfect French doors of the beautiful converted stable block sits a private terrace with its own bar for al fresco celebrations overlooking the walled garden.
Co. Laois | up to 200 guests | castledurrow.com
In the heart of Co. Meath just 30 minutes from Dublin, Killeen Castle is located on a 600-acre estate with the stunning grounds offering a choice of beautiful backdrops for your wedding photos – choose from the Walled Garden, the Old Abbey and the 800-year-old castle itself which dates back to 1181. The grounds also boast a breathtaking golf course, serene lakes, and lush woodland which makes Killeen Castle the perfect choice for couples seeking a unique and unforgettable wedding celebration.
Co. Meath | up to 160 guests | killeencastle.com
Johnstown Castle, Museum and Gardens
Bursting with romantic charm and tranquility, Johnstown Castle is a truly special place to celebrate your wedding day. Steeped in 800 years of history, the spectacular lakes, walled gardens and sculptures on the grounds of this spectacular venue offer couples a truly unforgettable setting.
Co. Wexford | up to 60 guests | johnstowncastle.ie
There are over 800 years of history pulsing through the walls of Clontarf Castle, so an atmospheric wedding day is guaranteed, regardless of what kind of party you’ve got planned. You might be thinking of a lavish celebration in the regal Great Hall or hoping for an intimate soirée in the medieval dining room – either way, it’s going to be an exceedingly opulent and memorable day! Your guests will be wowed from the minute they clap eyes on the castle’s dazzling façade, while the landscaped gardens and wild woodlands provide incredible backdrops for your wedding portraits.
Co. Dublin | up to 400 guests | clontarfcastle.ie
Belle Isle Castle
A 17th Century castle in Fermanagh offering exclusive, two-day hire, Belle Isle Castle is a versatile option for intimate weddings. The venue offers three locations for civil or humanist ceremonies – the beautiful Sunken Garden, atmospheric Abercorn Wing Drawing Room or the elegant Hamilton Wing Drawing Room – and for luxurious receptions, the Grand Hall will seat 60 guests for dinner. While the inside of the castle is stunning, the estate itself, which is located on the banks of Lough Erne and spans 470 acres, is nothing short of breathtaking.
Co. Fermanagh | up to 60 guests | belle-isle.com
For breathtaking scenery, luxurious interiors and elegant cuisine, the historic Dromoland Castle in beautiful Co. Clare is the place. It has been hosting epic celebrations since the 16th Century and if your dream day features a ceremony in an elaborate walled garden, a sun-soaked champagne reception outdoors, a ceremony at the foot of an impressive staircase, or a memorable wedding feast in opulent surroundings, this venue is surprisingly versatile for whatever kind or size of celebration you have in mind.
Co. Clare | up to 300 guests | dromoland.ie
An exclusive-hire venue, Bellingham Castle and its 17-acre, riverside estate is only 50 minutes from Dublin and Belfast, but feels like another world. If old world luxury is your vibe, you’ll feel right at home among the antique furniture, the ceiling-high wine cabinets and the manicured gardens. And of course gorgeous Irish wolfhounds, Ri and Liadán, will steal the show.
Co. Louth | up to 200 guests | bellinghamcastle.ie
Ballyseede Castle boasts 400 years of history, luxurious drawing rooms, an elegant Orangery and a rustic Coachroom, all in one historic venue set on beautiful gardens and woodlands. Every bedroom is full of colour and character, and dripping in vintage luxury with Medieval touches, but it retains the warmth of a family-run hotel. Expect a hearty Kerry welcome!
Co. Kerry | up to 220 guests | ballyseedecastle.com
For couples looking for the magic of a 14th century castle and the charm of a converted barn in one place, there’s Durhamstown Castle in Bohermeen. The Great Barn accommodates up to 150 guests at long, rustic tables for a feast-style celebration. The Georgian drawing rooms are fabulous for your reception drinks, or on a sunny day set up on the croquet lawn to take in the views.
Co. Meath | up to 150 guests | durhamstowncastle.com
Situated on a sprawling 500-acre estate, the 17th Century Markree Castle is a marvellous sight inside and out. This Gothic four-star luxury hotel prides itself on offering weddings with a house party twist thanks to the reception room with a specially designed entertainment suite which features a Gin and Whiskey bar. It’s a beautiful natural haven with manicured lawns and rose gardens, the River Unshin flows through the castle estate as well. Wedding couples can even arrive by boat to the castle’s boathouse. The lavishly decorated Grand Hall will also act as an impressive and ornate Spiritualist and Humanist ceremony space.
Co. Sligo | up to 210 guests | markreecastle.ie
Cabra Castle, Co. Cavan
There are five dreamy ceremony locations to choose from at this fabulous Cavan venue. Dine by the soft light of Waterford Crystal chandeliers in the magical surrounds of the Grand Ballroom or for intimate gatherings the exquisite Gold Room will wow. The Granary is the next piece of the castle’s enhancement project plan. As well as a beautiful wedding ceremony location, this space also offers a private events space for smaller weddings with a buffet or BBQ style menu with indoor and outdoor seating catering for up to 100 guests. With romantic decor, elegant floral roof hangings, and impressive floor-to-ceiling glass walls, overlooking the surrounding countryside, it’s an idyllic setting no matter the season.
Co. Cavan | up to 270 guests | cabracastle.com
Built in 1625 on the site of a former 14th century stronghold and abbey, Huntington Castle is a seriously luxurious wedding venue that can do boutique weddings or large receptions. Its barn reception space, with its exposed beams and homey vibe, contrasts nicely with the castle’s opulent interiors. For al fresco dining, the 500-year old Yew Tree Walk can be set up with trestle tables for the most incredible dinner setting. But an outdoor ceremony in the ruins of the old abbey is the stuff of fairytales.
Co. Carlow | up to 100 guests | huntingtoncastle.com
The Best Castle Wedding Venues in Ireland & Northern Ireland
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