There’s no shortage of castles in Ireland, with approximately a thousand castles spread across the land, however most of these are ruins. We take a look at those that are still available to visit, and even better, stay over in!
Ashford Castle – Co Mayo
Ashford Castle was founded in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family and has been a hotel since 1915. It is now a luxury 5 star hotel complete with golf course, 82 guest rooms and fine dining.
This place is a regular host to royalty and celebrity alike. Fancy seeing yourself here for the weekend? Well it’ll set you back around €450 for 2 nights, 2 people. We recommend the dining experience too, not to mention falconry making this the ultimate traditional Irish weekend away.
Parke’s Castle – Co Leitrim
Rising three storeys tall, in an idyllic setting on the banks of Lough Gill, Parke’s Castle is a great weekend away. In 1610 a manor house was completed on the site of a previous castle, keeping the walls and defensive area, and building the manor house with the stones of the previous tower house.
It has recently been restored and makes a great setting with the lake. A weekend away here will set you back around €150 a night for a quadruple room so you can take the whole family.
Dromoland Castle – Co Clare
As soon as you pass through the gates, you savour the first glimpse of this spectacular 15th Century castle/hotel. With grand staircases and low chandeliers, this place is like no other for a weekend away, and has been like this since 1835. It also boasts a Michelin star restaurant to complete the weekend in style.
It’s now a 5 star hotel complete with fine dining, spa, golf course and an array of activities such as fishing, falconry, horse riding, archary and more. This will set you back around €490 for 2 nights in the grand deluxe room.
Lismore Castle – Co Waterford
This ones a little different. The beeautiful Lismore Castle isn’t a hotel but is available to rent out for special occasions and weekend, but it does come at a price!
This visually impressive and imposing castle on the banks of the river Blackwater has been home to many famous guests including the man who brought Tobacco and Potatoes to Ireland (fact).
You can apply to stay here for the weekend by visiting their website and fillimg in a form, well worth it in our eyes!