Castles are the ultimate wedding location and Ireland and Northern Ireland together have an abundance of stunning castles with beautiful surroundings to enhance your special day. As a wedding location castles encapsulate romance through their history, architecture and association with chivalric codes. In addition to this their stunningly beautiful and detailed landscapes are enchanting, leaving them unrivaled locations for your wedding photography.
Spiritual Ceremonies are fortunate to have performed many wedding ceremonies in castles all over Ireland, North, South, East and West. So we have compiled a list of the most romantic and enchanting regal residences we have worked in to enable you to see just how many enchanting castles Ireland holds. We understand your wedding ceremony is such an important part of your day so whether its indoors, within the stunning architecture or outdoors, against the beautiful breathtaking backdrops these castles of Ireland will certainly enhance the romance of your special day… check these out!
Ardgillan Castle and Demesne
(North Co. Dublin)
Ardgillan Castle and demesne is a spectacular house with castelled embellishments on the outskirts of Dublin just 32 metres north of Dublin city, just off the M1 between the towns of Balbriggan and Skerries. Set in stunning gardens the demesne hosts 194 acres of parklands which overlook the Irish sea and hosts a variety of garden styles and layouts in which to capture the romantic moments of your wedding day. The ceremony itself typically occurs in the drawing room of the main house which is home to many spectacular period features, paintings and artifacts.
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Ashford Castle is without doubt breathtaking. This 800 year old castle was recently voted the Best Hotel in World which we can agree is no small achievement. Set in a 350 acre estate this sumptuous castle is unrivalled and has been host to many world dignitaries, statesmen and celebrities alike. Adjacent to the village of Cong home of the “Quiet Man” Ashford castle offers unparalleled beauty to enhance your wedding day and well worth considering as a wedding destination budget permitting.
+353 94 954 6003
(Tralee Co. Kerry)
In the kingdom of Kerry, Ballyseede castle is set on 30 acres of ancient woodlands and gardens and is in fact Kerry’s only castle hotel. Home to Mr Higgins, a resident Irish Wolfhound this beautiful hotel is popular favourite of ours. Ballyseede offers unrivalled expertise in all things wedding related because it’s a family run venue where they really care about your needs so the personal touch is guaranteed. Ceremonies can be held outdoors or indoors and with the personal attention of their wedding team you really do feel like royalty.
Barberstown castle is nestled within 20 acres of surrounding land and is just twenty five minutes drive from Dublin City and airport, just outside the village of Straffan in the county of Kildare. This wedding venue offers several locations to hold your wedding ceremony but the grand hall is the most popular due to the precarious Irish weather; nonetheless the great Ash tree outside is equally stunning for your ceremony when the sun is shining. The 13th Century castle also offers a regal backdrop for your wedding photos as does the beautiful conservatory.
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Set in Ballina Co. Mayo this stunning castle, a neo-gothic country house was built on the site of the former Belleek Abbey. This venue offers a variety of locations in which to say I Do and the newly converted stables really provides a unique setting to hold your wedding ceremony.
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Bellingham Castle in County Louth is just off exit 15 on the M1 near the village of Tallanstown and Castlebellingham. This stunning venue equally marries the aesthetic of old and new in a seamless way. The original castle dates from circa 1660 and is set within the 17 acres of the Bellingham estate and is privately owned by the Corscadden family who also own, Cabra Castle, Markree Castle and Ballyseede Castle so you can be sure that you are in very capable hands because this family’s attention to detail is second to none when it comes to their wedding guests and as such a favourite of Spiritual Ceremonies.
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Blackrock castle was built circa 16th century and is home to a variety of public exhibitions. Set just 15 mins from Cork city centre and is equally easily accessible via the Jack Lynch tunnel. This regal venue over looks Cork Harbour but is also home to a variety of exhibitions, however, weddings are exclusively tailored on the day.
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Set in the mountains of south west Cork, Blackwater castle has an unrivalled history dating back 10,000 years. This castle is one of the best preserved castles in Ireland and set on a 50 acre estate of mature Irish trees and also hosts it’s own private stretch of the River Awbeg. Activities here are unlike any other venue and include zip lining, fly fishing along with historical tours and a host of many other amenities. The castle is exclusively yours for your special day and couples are actively encouraged to make their wedding day unique and memorable in whatever means desired.
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Set in the village of Kingscourt, County Cavan Cabra Castle is yet another fine venue belonging to the Corscadden family. Set in 100 acres of parklands and gardens with the forest of Dun a Ri adjacent to it.
This regal residence hosts many period and architectural features and is a perfect location for your wedding. Cabra castle offers a large capacity of rooms to cater for all of your wedding guests. This castle is a regular favourite of ours and never fails to please.
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In the village of Ballygawley just eight minutes from Sligo on the Dublin Galway road Castle Dargan sits within 170 acres of mature woodland and boasts a Darren Clarke 18 hole golf club too but also known for its fishing and hillwalking in the beautiful local scenery. Originally built in the 18th century and host to several extensive renovations has led to the generation of the sumptuous venue today.
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Set in county Limerick amidst the villages of the Ardpatrick and Ballyorgan and just two hours from Shannon airport via the M8 motorway this stunning venue is truly a hidden gem. Castle Oliver offers stunning views of the Ballyhoura mountains and as the ground are private exclusivity is assured. The castle itself boasts ownership of Ireland’s largest private wine cellar with the capacity to house 55,000 bottles. Built with red sandstone in a Scottish Baronial style and housing an impressive 16ft stained glass window this castle offers many unique features as stunning backdrops for your wedding day. In recent years it gained notoriety as one of the European locations for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s honeymoon.
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Set in the village of Tullamore and bordering the river Shannon Charleville castle nestles within Ireland’s ancient Oak woods the haunting grounds to Ireland’s ancient druids. Building of the castle commenced circa 1798 and his home to some splendid architectural features including stencils from the famous William Morris. As a wedding destination Charleville castle offers spectacular interior backdrops, unparalleled scenic forestry and an impressive gothic revival facade and interior
Just beyond the village of Loughrea, in Kilchreest on the road to Galway Cloghan castle stands proudly as a monument to Norman history and makes its announcement in the landscape to all who pass by. Just one hour by car from Shannon airport and two hours from Dublin airport the castle is easily accessible. Built originally circa 12th century the castle is set within mature woodland and offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Cloghan castle can be booked exclusively to cater for your wedding day and the driveway and interior lends itself well to capture the enchantment of romance as you say I Do.
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Situated on Tuam road, Claregalway Cloonacauneen Castle is perfect for intimate Castle weddings in Ireland.
Situated just two miles from Dublin city centre and just ten minutes drive Clontarf castle is easily accessed via the M50. the M1 and the Eastlink toll. Your wedding reception can be held in the Viking suite or the Great Hall of this historic building which depicts the battle of Clontarf on a dramatic frieze. A popular venue for us and a great location for your wedding day.
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Just outside the village of Readypenny Dundalk and only 5 minutes drive off the M1 Darver castle holds court in the landscape. Dating back to the 15th Century and surrounded by 50 acres of parkland this wedding destination is exclusively yours for your special day, it even has its own purpose built ceremony room.
Set near the village of Newmarket on Fergus in the county of Clare Dromoland Castle is an imposing venue set within a 400 acre estate. Steeped in history as the ancestral home of the O’Briens, the kings of Thomond the lineage of this castle goes far back to Brian Boru. Dromoland offers falconry, archery, golf, relaxing lake resposing amongst many other amenities onsite yet also is easily accessible to explore the surrounding countryside and the Cliffs of Moher, a must see location for your special day.
Durrow Castle is set in the town of Durrow in County Laois. This imposing venue is a particular favourite of ours. Built in 1766 it was the private home of the Flower family who later became the Viscount of Ashbrook. This beautiful venue has been lovingly restored by the Stokes family and their wedding team are truly exceptional offering a welcome and attention to detail which is unrivalled. The beautiful walled garden, fabulous florals, lush lawns and forest walks combine to offer a thoroughly unique experience for your wedding day.
Standing on Castle Hill in the town of Enniscorthy this castle was built circa the 13th century and overlooks the river Slaney. This castle is one of the few to offer access to its roof and it’s dungeon and is ideal for an intimate wedding ceremony offering attention to detail with intimacy but not suitable for your wedding reception.
Set in the surrounding wooded landscape of Donegal this idyllic location is home to a five star luxurious 17th century castle. This venue blends history with modernity to ensure each guest feels like royalty with the presidential suites offering private access to the castle tower. The castle boasts meticulously manicured lawns to serve as an added bonus in any of your wedding photography.
Set in the picturesque suburb of Killiney and adjacent of the village of Dalkey this imposing venue was originally built circa 1740 and shares a colourful and vibrant history encompassing the Easter rising and the civil war before being purchased by the Fitzpatrick family in 1970’s and transformed into the busy hotel it is today which is known for its hospitality worldwide and particularly with American tourists.
Set in the town of Clonegal, county Carlow this castle has a history few can rival. Huntington is notable for many reasons and worth a visit to understand its colourful past. The descents of the the original family still live in the castle which is also open for guided tours. Huntington is home to the temple of the goddess which is found in the basement of Huntington and is a religion created by Olivia Robertson and her brother Lawrence (Derry) to promote the divine feminine and boasts a membership encompassing thousands. Huntington also holds an ancient yew tree walk which is a spectacular location for your wedding ceremony.
Johnstown castle in county Wexford is located just 10 minutes drive from Wexford town. Originally occupied by the Esmonde family circa 1170 before being confiscated during the Cromwellian period. Johnstown estate is famed for its ornamental gardens designed by Daniel Robertson who also designed the famous Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry. The castle itself is no longer open to the public so no more weddings occur on site however wedding Photographs can be taken onsite when pre-booked in advance for a nominal fee. The castle and estate are now owned by an Teagasc the department of agriculture.
Knappogue castle in county Clare is located just outside Quin village and just 15 miles from Shannon airport. This castle boasts many unique locations to say I Do such as the outdoor walled garden, the formal rose garden, St Mark’s chapel, Clancullen Hall or the MacNamara room. All the above offer a spectacular setting for your wedding ceremony let alone your wedding photography.
Set beyond the village of Ballyfarnon, in Boyle Roscommon the picturesque Castle was once home to a royal family the Tenison’s who occupied the castle and its 40 acres estate for over 300 years. The castle fell into disrepair in their absence and was subsequently purchased in 2006 by father and son Albert and Alan Hanly who have lovingly restored it to its present glory. For the ultimate fairytale experience this venue is ideal.
Located amidst the Slieve bloom mountains Kinnitty Castle offers unrivalled opulence at the heart of Ireland. This enchanting castle was initially destroyed in 1209 only to be rebuilt in 1213 and was subject to many revenovations over the years. The castle stands today in true glory and hosts a variety of leisure activities for your weddings guests to undertake such as equestrian pursuits, clay pigeon and game shooting, fishing and walking in the beautiful surroundings. Kinnitty also offers a range of locations to hold your wedding ceremony depending upon the volume of guests.
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Lough Rynn castle estate is set near the town of Mohil county Leitrim and is the former home of the Clement family and the Earl’s of Leitrim. Steeped in history the castle remained in the Clement family up to the 1970’s before they closed its doors. Purchased by father and son Alan and Albert Hanly they lovingly restored it to unprecedented glory. The walled garden is a particular favourite for wedding ceremonies.
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A privately owned historic castle and walled garden Luttrellstown castle is located near the village of Castleknock in Dublin and easily accessible from Dublin airport and surrounding areas. As this is such a high end venue discretion is something they pride themselves on. The Luttrell’s originally owned the castle and its estate for over 300 years and is the reason it has maintained their name. As the family line died out the castle was purchased by a wealthy business man circa 1829. There is a long history associated with the castle along with notable dignitaries, celebrities and famous Irish families and as such it is a stunningly beautiful venue for a wedding ceremony both in the castle itself and equally in the fabulous gardens, in fact it enjoyed brief notoriety as the location for the wedding ceremony of Victoria and David Beckham.
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Situated just 13km from Dublin city centre on over 260 acres it has played an integral role in Ireland’s history. Dating back to the 12th century the castle stayed in the Talbot family for over 800 years before being eventually purchased by the state in 1975. The ornamental gardens which lie adjacent to the castle occupy 22 acres of the land and are an ideal focal point for capturing wedding photography as is the walled garden.
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Set deep in the landscape of Clooneenroe, Collooney in Sligo Markree Castle is an imposing site set within the Sligo countryside. The castle a historic monument to a bygone era was built circa 14th century and was given to the Cooper family following services in the Cromwellian rebellion and remained in the Cooper family for generations. The castle fell into disrepair but was purchased by the Corscadden family who own Ballyseede, Bellingham and Cabra Castle and who truly understand tasteful restoration. It reopened in March 2017 and it didn’t disappoint. Sumptuous decor, imposing architecture and ornamental gardens along with its very own oak panelled chapel built inside the castle sets it apart from others, a truly enchanting venue.
Set within a 1500 acre estate Slane castle is unlike any other castle to celebrate your special day. Just twenty five minutes from Dublin airport the castle is at the heart of the Royal county in the middle of the Boyne valley. Typically known for rock concerts this regal location offers unprecedented grandeur in a variety of settings to host your wedding ceremony.
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Tyrrellspass castle was built circa 14th century and is the only remaining castle of the Tyrrell family. Subject to invasion and warfare throughout its tumultuous past it was eventually bought and restored in the 1970’s. The castle today functions as a restaurant and is known for its medieval style banquets, this venue certainly is fit for royalty.
This castle is also highly recommended by the Wedding Band Association.
Waterford Castle Hotel is set on the island of Ballinakill, yes, it’s on an island, which is accessed by ferry! This venue is a particular favourite of ours and is an exclusive resort set on three hundred acres which comprises of an abundance of scenic walks, a spectacular golf course, a private beach along with the breathtaking castle itself and this stunning venue is exclusively yours for your special day.
Call Spiritual Ceremonies today for help in planning your ideal castle wedding in Ireland.