Ireland is home to some of the best wedding venues in the world and at the top of that list, is our access to some of the most incredible castles in the world – and I have the pleasure to work and experience all of them!
For those who dream of their perfect day being set among breath-taking grounds, with history, opulence and majesty at their disposal, castles really give the fairy-tale vibe you may be after. If you’re in the stages of choosing which one is right for you, keep on reading as I take you through
Ireland’s Top 16 Best Castles for a dream Fairy-Tale Wedding:
1. Castle Durrow
Exceptional elegance awaits you in Castle Durrow, Co. Laois. Built-in 1716, this incredible 300-year-old mansion is nestled in the heart of Ireland and regarded as one of the country’s hidden gems.
Once home to Viscounts Ashbrook, this stunning castle is elegantly designed and features many unique and notable features such as its original cantilevered grand staircase and its magnificent stained-glass window.
The castle grounds are also home to breath-taking gardens, which make for the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.
Not only will you feel like true royalty in such a venue, but the ambience at Castle Durrow will have your entire wedding party feeling like Lord’s and Lady’s for the entirety of your wedding day.
2. Kilkea Castle
Dating back to 1180, Kilkea Castle, located in beautiful Co. Kildare is one of Ireland’s oldest inhabited castles and also one of its most breathtaking.
Within its 180 acre grounds, you will find the most spectacular backdrops and walks throughout its gardens and woodlands. Inside the castle itself, you can expect the grandeur of the highest standard with unique features around every corner.
The venue itself also offers couples to be an array of choice when it comes to planning their big day, no matter their party size. It is one of Ireland’s most magical wedding venues and it will no doubt blow you away from the moment you make your way toward the castle through its beech-lined avenue.
3. Lutterllstown Castle
Located in Co. Dublin, Lutterllstown Castle is one of Ireland’s most sought-after wedding castle venues and with the philosophy ‘because every marriage should start with a little magic’, it is easy to see why.
This incredible 15th-century castle is nestled amongst 567 acres of private estate offering expansive private parklands that will be a dream backdrop for your wedding day photographs. Inside the castle itself, you will be surrounded by ornate finishes and artistic masterpieces that will also complement your photographs.
The castle offers two choices of venue for weddings, you can have your wedding in the castle itself or in the Clubhouse, a stunning 35,000 square foot lodge built upon the golf course and offering views of the glorious Wicklow Mountains.
Lutterllstown Castle is so popular, that even David and Victoria Beckham got married here!
4. Barberstown Castle
The 13th-century Barberstown Castle, nestled amongst the natural beauty of Co. Kildare is renowned for its incredible atmosphere and weddings. Rich in history, and with romance in abundance, this castle wedding venue has been a favourite in Ireland for many years. Set within 20 acres of grounds, Barberstown Castle is also a dream for your wedding photographs with draping trees, colourful flowers and a wild variety of wildlife around every corner.
Within the castle itself, you will be immersed in its history and transported back in time through its antiques, art and furniture, all of which are fit for royalty. In terms of venues, the impressive Banqueting Hall comes with a private garden space and will surround you with the ambience you desire to feast, toast and be merry with your wedding guests. If you’re planning a smaller wedding, the Castle Keep is a wonderful, intimate venue where you will dine by candlelight, surrounded by ancient stone walls.
Barberstown Castle is a quick 30-minute drive from Dublin’s City Center!
5. Bellingham Castle
Bellingham Castle is a 17th-century castle located in County Louth. An opulent venue, Bellingham Castle offers couples luxurious facilities and an ambience that will make your wedding day as special as possible.
Located along the picturesque River Glyde, the castle is surrounded by 17 acres of beauty that include a weir and a man-made river island.
Within the castle itself, you will be spoilt for choice for venues from the elegant period drawing rooms to the incredible Bute Suite.
The venue is also renowned for its culinary creativity which promises you and your guests the feast of a lifetime.
6. Lough Rynn Castle Estate and Gardens
Lough Rynn Castle Estate and Gardens is a stunning 19th-century castle located in Co. Leitrim.
A true fairy-tale venue, this beautiful castle is simply idyllic and perfect for those wanting to get married in a secluded location, surrounded by nature.
With options that include drinks on the lawn or by a cosy warm fire, Lough Rynn Castle really caters to everyone’s tastes.
The incredible Baronial Hall will take your guest’s breath away as you dance the night away into the early hours. Outside, rolling lawns, woodland pathways and much more, you will be surrounded by nature within this 300-acre estate.
The castle also offers newlyweds the option of many distinctive castle bedrooms to choose as their wedding night suite, while guests can also stay in the castle or in the self-catering lodges which are two minutes from the castle.
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7. Cabra Castle
Located just one hour from Dublin and along the edge of the gorgeous Dun a Ri Forest Park in Co. Cavan lies the stunning Cabra Castle.
A bespoke wedding castle venue, Cabra Castle offers couples to be an amazing experience that will combine family-run touches with historic, old-world elegance. Built-in 1760, Cabra Castle is set amongst 100 acres of gorgeous parklands and gardens, all of which provide stunning backdrops for your wedding photographs.
The castle is not only available to couples for their wedding reception, but it is also a recognised venue for civil ceremonies.
More info: https://www.romanticcastlesireland.com/
8. Darver Castle Estate
The award-winning Darver Castle Estate is a 15th century, private estate nestled among 50 acres of beautiful parklands and grounds in Co. Louth. A haven of luxury and tranquillity, Darver Castle Estate was restored by its current owners to offer the perfect blend of old-world elegance and modern-day comforts.
A short 45-minute drive from Dublin, this romantic venue boats a magnificent banqueting suite that is full of character and charm and caters for weddings from 50 to 280 guests.
The cuisine at Darver Castle is also renowned and is perfectly complemented by the team’s unparalleled service.
9. Durhamstown Castle
When you arrive at Durhamstown Castle, your fairy-tale wedding begins the moment you arrive as you will be greeted by a meandering avenue through stunning meadows, to the door of the castle.
This unique Georgian venue is a dream wedding venue for many with exceptional drawing rooms, a stunning croquet lawn and the incredible Great Barn, all of which offer you an array of choice when it comes to designing the proceedings of your perfect wedding day.
This unique venue can accommodate up to 30 guests for your wedding day and is based in Co. Meath, a short drive from Dublin.
10. Kinnitty Castle
Located in Birr, Co. Offaly, the stunning 13th-century Kinnitty Castle is known as one of Ireland’s most romantic castle wedding venues for good reason!
This enchanting castle sits among 650 acres of parklands and rolling lawns.
Drenched in original features and home to many fantastic venue options on-site, it has something for every size of wedding. Known also for its unique fine dining and its opulent 37 distinctly styled bedrooms, this beautiful wedding venue will have not only the happy couple feeling like royalty but all guests in attendance.
Kinnitty Castle is located 90 minutes from Dublin.
11. Clontarf Castle
The breathtaking, 12th century Clontarf Castle is a luxury, boutique castle venue, located just 10 minutes from the heart of Dublin’s City Center, but it is a world away from its bustling streets.
Located on the northern coastline of Dublin, Clontarf Castle has seen generations of happy couples celebrate their wedding day within its walls and as such, they offer an array of wedding venue options including the Great Hall, the Viking Suite, all of which offer something special to suit every couple and their needs and personalities.
12. Cloughan Castle
Located in Loughrea, Co. Galway, the magical Cloughan Castle is a beautiful resorted castle that prides itself on being exclusive to you on your wedding day.
This beautiful venue is home to ornamental stonework, an imposing four-storey tower and scenic panoramic countryside views, making it one of the west coasts most perfect wedding venues. Cloughan Castle offers couples to be a choice between two venues as well as seven magnificent bedrooms. It is truly an exclusive wedding venue.
13. Markree Castle
Located along the Wild Atlantic Way in Co. Sligo, the 17th-century Markree Castle is one of Ireland’s largest privately-owned castles.
Located on a secluded 500-acre estate, this amazing castle underwent extensive renovations in 2017 to make this venue even more incredible.
With rich décor, picturesque views and an authentic old-world charm, you can truly expect a magical ambience on your wedding day here.
Manicured gardens and endless views also provide couples to be with many incredible photo opportunities.
14. Ballyseede Castle
Ballyseede Castle in Co. Kerry prides itself on being a distinctly different wedding venue.
Offering a personalised wedding experience to suit every couple, this picture-perfect castle is home to a newly built orangery, beautifully decorated formal lounges, exquisite gardens and so much more including 30 acres of parklands and gardens to explore and enjoy as your wedding backdrop.
15. Kilronan Castle
Kilronan Castle in glorious Co. Roscommon recently was awarded Gold Medals best wedding venue in Ireland, an accolade that shows its commitment to making every couple’s special day, the most magical it can be. This fairy-tale, 18th-century castle offers a unique setting for your wedding, which is accompanied by excellent service and award-winning dining.
The castle is known for its blend of tradition and luxury with the comforts of the modern era.
16. Waterford Castle
Set on its own private 310-acre island, this Castle boasts some serious WOW factor!
It is a short spin away from Waterford City, located on the River Suir. The Castle becomes yours exclusively for your wedding day, with 19 rooms and suites available in the Castle for you and your wedding guests.
If you are dreaming of old-world charm and sophistication on your wedding day then the Waterford Castle Resort is well worth considering.