There are a tonne of different castle hotels in Ireland where you can spend a night or 2, with prices range from €169 per night to, well, to pretty damn expensive.
But which ones are actually worth visiting?
In this guide, we’ll help you find the best castles to stay in Ireland for the amount of cash that you’re willing to part with.
It’s worth noting from the beginning that staying in a castle is a unique experience, so you can expect to spend more than you would in your local Premier Inn.
The best castle hotels in Ireland
Below you’ll find 13 gorgeous rentals to choose from if you’re searching for the perfect castles to stay in Ireland on your trip.
1 – Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal
Rooms start at €164 per night.
What the folks at Lough Eske Castle say about their hotel:
“Nestled amid all this majestic scenery, the 5 star Lough Eske Castle is a place of true Donegal welcome with every aspect of the hotel knitted into the fabric of the people and the area. It is the perfect location for Donegal getaways and Donegal vacations.
This castle hotel in Ireland has been meticulously restored to recreate the glamour, style and elegance it had once known combined with all the modern amenities expected of a 5 star Donegal luxury hotel. Whether you come to discover the real Donegal, celebrate a romantic milestone or retreat from the world, everything about Lough Eske will lend itself to achieving this.”
2 – Dromoland Castle in County Clare
Welcome to the magnificent five star Dromoland Castle in Clare.
Although the present structure was completed in 1835, the first building constructed here was a tower house built in and around the 16th century.
A night here starts at €226.
What the folks at Dromoland Castle say about their hotel:
‘Ireland’s most magical address, Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. The ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, whose lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland, we’ve got nobility and hospitality in our DNA.
Behind our warm Irish welcome is the belief that every guest is royalty. Stroll the 450-acre estate. Tee off on our world class golf course. Take afternoon tea by a roaring fire. Relax in our intimate spa. Enjoy delicious cuisine. No matter what your preference, at Dromoland Castle there’s no escaping the sense that you are walking in the shadows of kings.
The pinnacle of excellence, come in the knowledge that all your expectations will be met. A remarkable retreat with an easy elegance, it’s time to make Dromoland Castle a part of your story.’
3 – Lough Rynn Castle, County Leitrim
Lough Rynn is one of my favourites on the list simply because that open fire looks so insanely inviting.
The bed doesn’t look half bad either…
A night here will cost you from €110.
What the folks at Lough Rynn Castle say about their hotel:
‘There are not many places to stay in Ireland that are as authentic or as luxurious as Lough Rynn Castle Hotel. Located in County Leitrim, Lough Rynn Castle Estate and Gardens is one of the top castle hotels in Ireland.
It is the ancestral home of the Clements family and the legendary Lord Leitrim. Our magical castle hotel has been transformed from an incredible ancestral home into a place where old world elegance mixes seamlessly with unimaginable modern luxury.’
4 – Lough Cutra Castle, County Galway
You could look at spending a night here if you embark upon our 3-day road trip around Galway.
If there’s enough of you to foot the bill, that is.
Lough Cutra Castle is a self catering private family home that accommodates up to 40 guests on the estate.
I couldn’t find a price on their website, but you can request a brochure if this place tickles your fancy.
What the folks at Lough Cutra Castle say about their hotel:
‘We pride ourselves on guaranteeing absolute privacy and the utmost discretion for our guests. Behind our secure gates, guests have to freedom to take long walks on our wooded estate, cycle through the paths, wander the gardens together, or take part in many outdoor activities organised by our in house concierge for your party.
Our aim is to provide a unique, once in a lifetime experience for our guests. Our home is your castle and we are happy to give guidance and organise your outings, whatever your fancy. The relaxed nature of our staff and of the castle itself means that guests feel as though Lough Cutra Castle is their own home. A full-time staff of 3 is available on premise, however we can arrange additional staff should your party size require it.’
I’ve heard from several people that this is the best castle hotel in Ireland if you’re happy to part with a few quid. OK… maybe a lot of quid.
5 – Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway
This place is like something plucked straight from a fairy tale.
The fact that Ballynahinch Castle is smack bang in the heart of Connemara is the icing on the cake.
You can nab a room here from €195 per night.
What the folks at Ballynahinch Castle say about their hotel:
‘Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of Ireland’s finest luxury castle hotels. Voted #1 in Ireland by the readers of Condé Nast magazine. Set in a private 700 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway. This authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking it’s famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range.
During your stay relax in your beautifully appointed bedroom or suite with wonderful views, wake up to the sound of the river meandering past your window before enjoying breakfast in the elegant restaurant, which was voted the best in Ireland in April 2017 by Georgina Campbell.’
6 – Castle Leslie Estate, County Monaghan
Boasting authentic interiors and old-style hospitality by the bucket load, the Castle at Castle Leslie Estate ‘exudes old world grandeur and offers complete respite from the world’. according to the lads that own it.
You can spend a night in this Irish castle hotel from €157 per night.
What the folks at Castle Leslie say about their hotel:
‘With its authentic interiors and old-style hospitality, the Castle at Castle Leslie Estate exudes old world grandeur and offers complete respite from the world. The Castle is not a typical hotel experience – you won’t find televisions, radios, or minibars in the Castle bedrooms. However, we do offer all of our guests complimentary WiFi in all public areas and bedrooms in The Castle.
The unique and dramatically different bedrooms are tranquil and calm – havens for sleeping and dreaming. The Castle is filled with beautiful furniture, antiques and heirlooms. It has twenty original and uniquely decorated bedrooms and bathrooms. From romantic boudoirs designed with relaxation and privacy in mind to more flamboyant bedrooms decorated with rich deep colours, there’s a room and a view to suit every taste.’
This is arguably one of the best castle hotels in Ireland to hold a wedding.
7 – Ashford Castle, County Mayo
If I won a load of money on the lotto, I’d be strolling around Ashford Castle for a week or so in a velvet robe and carrying a thick glass of whisky at all times.
This place is the dogs boll… you get my drift.
A night here starts at €313.
What the folks at Ashford Castle say about their hotel:
‘Your royal adventure begins when you enter through the grand stone gates of our remarkable 800-year-old castle. Discover our exquisite interiors, delicious cuisine, passionate team, a wealth of estate activities and state-of-the-art spa.
As Ireland’s top hotel destination and former home of the Guinness family, we are exceptional in every sense.’
8 – Kilkea Castle, County Kildare
You’ll find the 12th century Kilkea Castle a short 1-hour spin from Dublin.
One of the oldest castles to stay in Ireland on our list, this place look nice and homely on the inside, and incredibly ‘castley’ on the outside.
Yea, ‘castley’ definitely isn’t a word, but sure look…
You can spend a night here from €152
What the folks at Kilkea Castle say about their hotel:
‘Prepare to feel like royalty when you enter the grounds of one of the oldest inhabited Castles in Ireland. With history dating back to 1180, Kilkea Castle captures the mystical charm of a 12th Century majestic Castle with the overwhelming allure of timeless sophistication and style. After a major renovation that redefines luxury, Kilkea Castle is delighted to welcome you.
Only an hour’s drive from Dublin, once the medieval stronghold of the FitzGerald’s, Earls of Kildare, the Castle was built by Hugh de Lacy for one of Strongbow’s Norman Noblemen, Walter de Riddlesford. Today it stands proudly ready to extend a warm Irish welcome to guests from around the globe. It is family owned and managed. The Cashman’s aim is to share their passion for the destination through providing authentic, enriching experiences and thoughtful, intuitive service.’
9 – Waterford Castle, County Waterford
If you read our recently published 2-day Waterford road trip guide, then you’ll already be itching to take a ramble to this part of the island.
Waterford Castle is another place you can pop on your to-see list.
A night here will cost you from €148.
What the folks at Waterford Castle say about their hotel:
‘Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort is set on an enchanted 310-acre Private Island, accessible via a short crossing on the resort’s private car ferry over the King’s Channel. A jewel in Ireland’s Ancient East, the Island Resort offers the very best of Irish hospitality on the most beautiful surroundings imaginable.
Our historic 16th Century luxury Castle hotel, combines the gracious living of an elegant past with every modern comfort & conveyance. The perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world, we offer privacy and discretion that only an Island resort can. With just nineteen bedrooms it is the ideal place to take over exclusively for a special celebration or an intimate getaway.’
10 – Markree Castle, County Sligo
Markree Castle reopened back in March of 2017 after extensive renovations.
The image below of the castle at Christmas is enough to make me want to lash some clothes into the back of the car and head off west for a night or two!
These lads make you email to enquire about staying here, so there’s no clarity around how much a night here will set you back.
What the folks at Markree Castle say about their hotel:
‘Beyond the history and the sheer beauty of this romantic castle’s spacious interiors, towers and turrets, is an award-winning team renowned internationally for their distinctive service,style and care. Welcome to Markree Castle, a 15th Century authentic Irish castle located in beautiful County Sligo on the route of the world-famous Wild Atlantic Way.
Relax and enjoy all it has to offer; it is a place to be inspired, to reflect, to recharge and reconnect. One of the largest privately-owned castles in Ireland, Markree Castle stands on a secluded 500-acre estate in the scenic north-west of Ireland. Extensive renovations were completed in 2017, allowing this Gothic masterpiece to reclaim its position as one of the finest historic castles and wedding venues in the land.’
11 – Cabra Castle, County Cavan
I’ve stayed here before so I can vouch for it being brilliant.
If you fancied a weekend packed with luxury and a grand aul hike, you could climb Cuilcagh (Ireland’s stairway to Heaven) in the morning, and chill here for the rest of the day.
A room in Cabra Castle starts at €129.
What the folks at Cabra Castle say about their hotel:
‘Castles, with their nooks and crannies and ancient histories, are made for exploring and you’ll chance upon amazing secrets at gorgeous Cabra Castle.
Wander through the magnificent reception rooms, find a quiet corner or fireside to relax with a book, or just enjoy the atmosphere in one of the best-known Castle hotels in Ireland. Period features and furnishings create an authentic, old-world charm and a long tradition of warm and friendly service make Cabra Castle the perfect retreat from the pace of modern living.
Set on 100 acres of parkland and gardens, with the magnificent backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park, there is much to explore, both indoors and out.’
12 – Kinnitty Castle, County Offaly
The interior of this castle looks the most authentic out of any included in this list.
Welcome to Kinnitty Castle, a 19th-century gothic revival castle that can be found north of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
A night here starts at €198.
What the folks at Kinnitty Castle say about their hotel:
‘Kinnitty Castle Hotel offers luxury accommodation in the picturesque village of Kinnitty, Co. Offaly. Nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, our 4* Castle Hotel offers the perfect accommodation for any break.
Arrive up the winding avenue, opening into breathtaking views of the 13th century castle seated on 650 acres of parkland, inclusive of 60 acres of rolling lawns. Enter the lavish medieval revival castle, drenched in original features, heritage colours and regal atmospheres dating back to 1209.’
13 – Kilronan Castle and Spa, County Roscommon
After gawking at all of these swanky 4 poster beds while writing this post, I’m going to have a hard time sleeping in my stick-it-together-in-half-an-hour IKEA job tonight.
Kilronan Castle is magnificent gothic manor that dates back over 300 years.
Spend a night in this Irish castle from €119.
What the folks at Kilronan Castle say about their hotel:
‘Built in the 18th century, the Kilronan Castle resort welcomes its guests through a set of magnificent medieval gates at the top of a meandering driveway through an ancient forest which is surrounded by forty acres of lush green estate and next to a beautiful lough making the castle look like something straight out of a fairytale.
Kilronan Castle Estate is also a site that is full of history as it was lovingly transformed from the ancestral home of a royal family into a luxurious Irish castle hotel with an amazing spa. The castle hotel seamlessly mixes the elegance, sophistication and tradition of the past with the luxury and comfort of the modern era. This makes Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland to stay in.’
A map of the above castle hotels in Ireland
Here’s a quick gander at where each of the above castles can be found.
Have you every spent a night in a castle in Ireland?
Is there anywhere that I’ve missed on the list that should be included? Let me know in the comments section below.