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10 Unique Castle Wedding Venues in Ireland Unlike Any Other

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Markree Castle front view at daybreak

DISCOVER THE 10 UNIQUE

WEDDING CASTLES IN IRELAND


Ireland boasts some of the world's best wedding venues, and topping that list are its incredible castles.


If you're seeking a stunning wedding in breathtaking surroundings, Ireland offers the perfect backdrop.


From 12th-century castles exuding intimacy and rich history to modern castle estates boasting lakes and woodland gardens.


If you're in the process of choosing the right one for you, keep reading as I guide you through the options to discover the 10 Unique Wedding Castles in Ireland.



1. MARKREE CASTLE

Co. Sligo - up to 200 guests


Happy couple smiling sitting in front of Markree castle

Nestled amidst the picturesque countryside of County Sligo, Markree Castle offers a fairytale setting that perfectly blends historic charm with modern luxury.


Imagine exchanging vows in the grandeur of a 14th-century castle, surrounded by lush gardens and rolling hills, followed by a celebration in elegant reception rooms adorned with period features and timeless elegance.


Experience the unparalleled charm of the Chapel at Markree Castle, where breathtaking stained-glass windows and a magnificent antique church organ create an atmosphere of timeless elegance.


From intimate gatherings to lavish affairs, Markree Castle provides a captivating backdrop for unforgettable moments and cherished memories.


Explore the magic of Markree Castle and envision the wedding of your dreams in this enchanting Irish haven.





2. CABRA CASTLE

Co. Cavan - up to 250 guests


Cabra Castle Aerial View

Set amidst lush greenery and overlooking the serene countryside of County Cavan,

Cabra Castle offers a truly enchanting backdrop for your special day.


Nestled on the outskirts of the breathtaking Dún a Rí Forest Park lies the splendid Cabra Castle, a jewel among Ireland's most opulent castle hotels.


Situated conveniently at the heart of County Cavan, just an hour's drive from Dublin and a mere 90 minutes from Belfast, Cabra Castle serves as an idyllic gathering place for all.


As you step onto the grounds, you'll be met with the stirring strains of traditional bagpipes and a heartfelt greeting.


Cabra Castle presents an enchanting backdrop for your wedding photography, with vistas that will steal your breath away.


Inside, the castle's ambiance is a testament to old-world grace and allure, setting the stage for truly magical moments.


From hand-painted ceilings to exquisite antiques, from Gothic-style leaded windows to the grand staircase, every detail contributes to an unparalleled atmosphere of romance and intimacy, creating the perfect canvas for your fairy-tale wedding




3. WATERFORD CASTLE

Co. Waterford - up to 120 guests


Waterford Castle Front View

Waterford Castle is a 16th Century Irish Castle Wedding set on a captivating private Island.


Delight in the luxury, seclusion, and peace of mind offered by this secluded island retreat, conveniently located just minutes from Waterford City center, and a short drive from both Dublin and Cork.


Accessible only by a charming resort car ferry ride, the 310-acre private island sets the stage for a wedding venue unlike any other.


The historic Castle and its lush surroundings provide an enchanting backdrop for your wedding photos, ensuring memories to cherish for a lifetime.


Waterford Castle has earned prestigious accolades, including being named Irish Hotel Awards Luxury Hotel of the Year.


Indulge in luxurious suites, including the opulent Presidential Suite, adorned with Waterford Crystal chandeliers, a four-poster bed, a cozy drawing room, and an inviting claw-footed bath.


For larger celebrations, modern self-catering lodges are available, just a short stroll from the Castle, offering convenience without compromising on luxury.


Begin your journey of love at this Exclusive Castle, where every moment is tailored to create a wedding day that's truly yours.





4. LUTTRELLSTOWN CASTLE

Co. Dublin - up to 180 guests


Luttrellstown Castle Front View

Luttrellstown Castle Resort, provides an elegant, understated, and luxurious backdrop for any occasion, whether it's an unforgettable wedding, an intimate family gathering, or an elegant garden party.


Dive into the captivating atmosphere of the expansive 560-acre estate, where an unparalleled wedding awaits you at Luttrellstown Castle.


Conveniently located just a short 20-minute drive from Ireland’s international airport and a mere 30 minutes from the bustling heart of one of the world’s most beloved and dynamic cities: Dublin.


Within the Castle, you'll discover two exquisite function spaces: the Van Stry Room, accommodating up to 120 guests, and the Kentian Room, offering space for an additional 60 guests.


Each room exudes its own charm and elegance, providing the perfect setting for your special day.


Live out your dream wedding at Luttrellstown Castle Resort, from intimate affairs of 20 to grand celebrations with up to 180 of your nearest and dearest.





5. ASHFORD CASTLE

Co. Mayo - up to 160 guests


Ashford Castle Front View at sunset

For a Wedding Day you'll cherish for a lifetime, envision no grander venue than


With a history of hosting royalty, heads of state, and celebrities, our seasoned events team possesses the expertise, passion, and dedication needed to transform every aspect of your special day into pure magic.


Ashford Castle stands as the quintessential Irish wedding destination, promising an experience beyond compare.


Exchange your vows in the setting of your choice at Ashford Castle.


At Ashford Castle, the serene ambiance lends itself beautifully to intimate weddings, accommodating both small gatherings and grand affairs with equal grace.


The elegant Connaught and Inglenook rooms provide an ideal setting for up to 40 guests, ensuring an intimate and memorable experience for all.




6. CLONTARF CASTLE

Co. Dublin - up to 400 guests


Clontarf Castle front view

Located just 15 minutes from the city center, near Dublin Bay, and offering views of the mountains, Clontarf Castle Hotel is nestled within an upscale residential neighborhood.


The castle's charm is evident in its historic artifacts, paintings, mounted stag heads, coats of arms, and stone dogs that stand guard throughout the public areas.


With its breathtaking castle façade, dedicated art galleries, original 12th-century architecture, landscaped gardens, and romantic outdoor terrace, Clontarf Castle offers a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences for you and your guests.


Renowned as one of Dublin’s premier wedding venues, Clontarf Castle Hotel seamlessly combines historical romance with modern amenities.


At Clontarf Castle, the legacy of the past enriches the present.


With over 800 years of history, this castle has borne witness to generations of wedding celebrations, weaving tales of love and joy within its ancient walls.




7. KILKENNY CASTLE

Co. Kilkenny - up to 120 guests


Kilkenny Castle front view with fountain

For over eight centuries, Kilkenny Castle has been the site of numerous historically significant gatherings.


The Parade Tower can accommodate up to 120 guests, offering a spacious setting for ceremonies and events.


For more intimate gatherings of up to 25 guests, The Duchess Boardroom provides an elegant and cozy atmosphere.


Both areas are available for hire for civil wedding ceremonies (Monday to Friday) and humanist wedding ceremonies (Monday to Sunday).


Notably, the Parade Tower housed the Great Council Chamber, where Parliament convened in the 17th century.


The Parade Tower Wing serves as the exclusive events area of Kilkenny Castle, encompassing the entire west wing and two of the castle’s medieval towers.


While Kilkenny Castle does offer the opportunity to host wedding ceremonies, its primary role in the realm of weddings lies in providing an enchanting setting for capturing wedding photos.




8. DARVER CASTLE

Co. Louth - up to 100 guests


Bride and Groom walking in front of Darver Castle

Nestled within 50 acres of exquisite parkland and wooded grounds, amidst the gentle hills of County Louth, lies a stunning private estate brimming with history and romance,


This Irish Castle, lovingly restored by the Carville family, stands as a testament to their dedication and passion for preserving its rich heritage.


Conveniently situated on the N52, Darver Castle offers an idyllic wedding venue in Louth, just 45 minutes from both Belfast and Dublin.


At Darver Castle Estate, the magnificent banqueting suite stands as the epitome of charm and character, adorned with exposed beams and cut stone walls.


With a capacity to host weddings ranging from 50 to 280 guests, this versatile space ensures an unforgettable celebration for every couple.




9. BARBERSTOWN CASTLE

Co. Kildare- up to 280 guests


Barberstown Castle front view

Nestled in the serene village of Straffan in County Kildare, Barberstown Castle stands as a medieval 13th-century castle and country house hotel, offering the perfect setting for your wedding day.


At Barberstown Castle, you'll experience a warm and personalized service, complemented by crackling open log fires, spacious bedrooms, delectable food, and courteous service.


With a range of stunning indoor and outdoor locations to exchange your vows you'll be spoiled for choice.


Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Dublin city and airport, this venue is easily accessible for both national and international guests alike.


Dining in the 16th-century Banqueting Hall, you and your guests will enjoy fabulous food by candlelight, surrounded by the ambiance of fairy lights, candelabra, and medieval tapestries adorning the 500-year-old stone walls.


Whether you're planning an intimate celebration for 60 guests or a larger wedding for up to 240, Barberstown Castle offers the perfect backdrop.


Imagine hosting a rehearsal dinner in our 13th-century Medieval Castle Keep or a celebration the following day in the traditional Haggard Pub in the Castle Courtyard.




10. LOUGH RYNN CASTLE

Co. Leitrim - up to 320 guests


Lough Rynn Castle front view

Lough Rynn Castle Estate and Gardens in Leitrim isn't just a place for weddings and civil ceremonies, it's a beautifully restored 19th-century castle hotel.


Imagine stepping into your own fairy tale surrounded by classic romance, breathtaking views, and luxurious comfort.


As your guests arrive, they'll be greeted with open arms and maybe even a crackling log fire.


Picture them sipping drinks on our front lawns, taking in the stunning scenery, or entering the castle through our grand entrance hall with its bay windows overlooking Lough Rynn and the rolling lawns.

The Inglenook fireplace, one of the largest in the country, adds to the cozy charm.


These are just a few reasons why Lough Rynn Castle Estate is the perfect spot for your dream wedding.


Located in the scenic West of Ireland in County Leitrim, close to the Roscommon border and just an hour from Sligo.



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