Castles have dotted the Irish countryside since medieval times, with many still standing proudly today. Lucky for you, many have been converted into hotels, making for a regal and historical place to stay during your excursion to Ireland. Read on for the five most stunning Irish castle hotels.
Gregans Castle, County Clare
At this lovely 18th century castle, you can relax in front of the fire and drink fresh water from a nearby spring as you gaze out on beautiful Galway Bay and the Burren, a striking limestone formation. Hike across the nearby Cliffs of Moher or take a cycling tour of the Burren to work up an appetite for Gregans’ menu, with local fish, lamb, cheese, and organic wine. Retire to your luxurious room, one of just 20.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo
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The 350 acres that surround this private estate are filled with ancient forests, while Ashford Castle itself is over 700 years old. Now a hotel, the castle features 82 rooms and gorgeous golden accents. The castle also serves as Ireland’s first School of Falconry and even has its own private golf course. At the restaurant here, you’ll find a lavish afternoon tea and freshly carved roast beef.
Castle Leslie Estate, County Monaghan
This extensive 1,000-acre estate dates back to the 17th century, and guests today will find hints of the castle’s history throughout. The hotel has just 20 rooms, and many of them still feature Victorian-era wallpaper and other touches. Indulge in a massage in the Victorian Treatment Rooms, and enjoy a lovely respite from city life, just a short drive from either Dublin or Belfast.
Dromoland Castle, County Clare
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Sustainability meets tradition at this County Clare gem, the home of Gaelic royalty. Wander down the castle’s hallways to see suits of armour and sumptuous historical surroundings. Shower without wasting water and warm up with the estate’s energy-efficient boiler. Borrow a bicycle or a boat to discover the castle’s expansive 410-acre estate, and relax with a massage at the health spa.
Clontarf Castle, County Dublin
For a unique stay near the city, Clontarf Castle features everything castle-like, from the history to the turrets to the tapestries. Instead of expansive grounds filled with woodlands and streams, however, you’ll find Dublin right at this 19th-century castle’s front steps. From this luxurious spot, you can explore all that Dublin has to offer.
Book your flights to Dublin today, and stay at one or all of these luxurious Irish castle hotels. From the city to the country, you’re sure to find a castle to suit your fancy.