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Castle hotels in Ireland: the most romantic luxury hotels for couples

Looking to treat your partner to a special hotel experience?

Castle hotels in Ireland – with their cosy nooks and crannies, beautiful grounds and sumptuous suites – are just made for romantic weekends away. Whether it’s your anniversary, a special occasion or maybe just a really good date night, enjoy being treated like royalty at one of our favourite luxury caste hotels for couples.

A castle hotel in Ireland with its very own 18-hole golf course

Just a 20-minute drive from Cork City, this palatial 18th-century manor house is the perfect destination for a romantic escape for two. Set on 220 acres of impressive grounds featuring lakes, streams and an 18-hole golf course, the hotel shares its estate with the ruins of an 800-year-old castle built under Strongbow.

Enjoy some one-on-one time in the castle hotel’s spa; there are two private Couples Suites, the Serenity Suite features its own sauna, vitality pool with garden views, relaxation loungers and double-treatment areas where you can enjoy full body massages and facials.

Hotel Castlemartyr Resort

Top rated
Castlemartyr
9.0 Excellent (959 reviews)

A ‘haunted’ castle hotel in Northern Ireland with a ghost room in the tower

An original 17th-century castle tower with turrets and arrow-slit windows that overlook a long sandy beach on Antrim’s Ballygally Bay, this romantic castle hotel boasts manicured lawns, palm-lined paths and sea views.

The Tower Rooms feature low beams, French-polished furniture and, in some of them, showers fitted into the round turrets. If you and your other half like to stay on your toes, this castle hotel in Ireland is reputedly haunted by a friendly ghost, Lady Isabella, so brave couples can visit the “ghost room” in the tower!

Hotel Ballygally Castle

Top rated
Ballygally
8.7 Excellent (811 reviews)

A castle hotel in Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way

With a history dating back to the 1590s, this romantic castle hotel in Ireland is set along the Wild Atlantic Way on 30 acres of private gardens and woodlands, at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.

The perfect destination for animal-loving couples, the castle is home to an Irish Wolfhound, three donkeys and four miniature horses, so if you can bring yourselves to leave your cosy room, you’ll have plenty of creature company.

Hotel Ballyseede Castle

Top rated
Tralee
9.1 Excellent (804 reviews)

A castle hotel in Ireland on a private 310-acre island

Situated on its own 310-acre private island, only accessible via the resort’s private car ferry, this 16th-century castle hotel promises to be a totally romantic and intimate escape for you and yours.

Ask the award-winning kitchen team to prepare you a basket and enjoy a private picnic on the grounds amongst deer, foxes and swans. Then retire to one of the deluxe suites, boasting claw footed baths and original cast iron windows overlooking the parklands and forest.

Hotel Waterford Castle

Top rated
Waterford
8.8 Excellent (677 reviews)

A castle hotel in Ireland that’s just 10 minutes from Dublin city centre

Dublin’s only castle hotel, dating back to 1172, combines 12th-century architecture with 21st-century facilities; a romantic break offering the best of both worlds to couples.

You don’t even need to leave the capital for a luxurious castle stay, as it’s just a ten-minute drive from the city centre. You’ll be totally spoiled, from suites with four-poster beds with Butlers chocolate on the pillows to the chic Indigo Lounge with its red chandeliers and excellent wine list.

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Top rated
Dublin
8.9 Excellent (3664 reviews)

A medieval castle hotel in Ireland on the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains

Nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, this medieval castle hotel is set on 650 acres of rolling parkland, only 90 minutes from Dublin, Limerick and Galway.

There are 37 distinctively styled en-suite guest rooms within the castle, and our top pick for couples is definitely the Castle Suites. Be Lord and Lady of the manor for a night or two and take in the four poster beds, free standing roll top baths and views of the deer from your window.

Hotel Kinnitty Castle

Top rated
Kinnity
8.6 Excellent (255 reviews)

An 18-century castle hotel in Ireland that’s only 18km from Dublin

This incredible castle hotel is tucked away in a grand estate in Meath dating back to 1764, boasting over 21 acres of spectacular grounds and woodland walks, and is only 18 kilometres from Dublin.

You and your SO should treat yourselves to a stay in the Synolda Suite, the only guest room in the Georgian House, and occupying the entire top floor. What could be more romantic than a king-size four-poster bed and a deep soaker bathtub?

Dunboyne Castle Hotel And Spa

Dunboyne
8.4 Very good (1948 reviews)

A castle hotel in Ireland with its very own onsite cinema

On the shores of Lough Corrib, on 350 acres of parkland and forested islands, this romantic hotel occupies a 13th-century castle that blends rich history with contemporary appeal, with beautiful touches such as Waterford Crystal chandeliers and antique rosewood furniture.

Rooms are individually decorated, and if you’re a couple who wants a modern fairytale experience, then you’ll be pleased to know you’ll have USB ports and Bluetooth-enabled wireless speakers. This castle hotel in Ireland even boasts an onsite 32-seat cinema!

Ashford Castle

Top rated
Cong
9.5 Excellent (433 reviews)

A Connemara castle hotel in Ireland overlooking a salmon fishery

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Nestled among the rugged Connemara landscape at the foot of the Twelve Bens mountain range, this luxurious castle hotel overlooks a salmon fishery on the Owenmore River.

Spend a night or two in one of the classic riverside rooms, located in the original building that dates back to the 1700s. These beautiful rooms boast views of the splendid 450-acre estate and are a tranquil escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Top rated
Clifden
9.1 Excellent (698 reviews)

A 5-star castle hotel in Ireland on a lakeside estate

Check into this gorgeous 17th-century castle in Ireland and be treated like King and Queen for the weekend. Tucked away in a secluded lakeside estate on the shores of Lough Eske, it’s the only 5-star hotel in the county.

We think the Presidential Suite is perfect for couples, housing private access to the castle tower, a hand-carved king-size four poster bed, open fireplaces and a silver clawfoot roll top bath – why would you ever need to leave?

Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa

Top rated
Donegal Town
9.0 Excellent (1464 reviews)

A castle hotel in Ireland against the backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park

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Set on 100 acres of parkland and garden, with the magnificent backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park, this castle hotel in Ireland is located just an hour and a half from both Dublin and Belfast.

The 12 authentic medieval-style rooms in the main castle come complete with features like four-poster beds, roll top baths, fireplaces and private balconies, perfect for retiring in after a romantic walk through the walled gardens.

Hotel Cabra Castle

Top rated
Kingscourt
9.0 Excellent (1323 reviews)

A castle hotel in Ireland that was once the home of the O’Brien clan

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A baronial castle that was once the ancestral home of the O’Brien clan, the direct descendants of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, Dromoland Castle is now a beautiful Renaissance hotel with its own golf-course.

Take a romantic walk through the 450 acres of parkland, the flowering rose garden, 16th-century stone courtyard or around the lily pond. You can also take a one-hour tour of the castle hotel’s grounds on the pony and jarvey, passing deer, pheasant and other wildlife roaming the estate.

Hotel Dromoland Castle

Top rated
Newmarket-on-Fergus
9.0 Excellent (374 reviews)

A 17th-century castle hotel in Ireland on a 17-acre riverside acre estate

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One of the most exclusive venues in Ireland’s North East, this ivy-clad 17th-century castle is the centrepiece of the 17-acre estate on the banks of the River Glyde, only 45 minutes from Dublin and an hour from Belfast.

The romantic castle hotel offers just 19 luxurious bedrooms and suites. Couples will love the Music Room, with its free-standing bath overlooking the River Glyde, and wandering the estate with its weir and man-made river island with footbridges, mature trees and formal gardens.

Bellingham Castle

Ardee

A Gothic castle hotel in Ireland with a wishing well

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Situated along the Wild Atlantic Way in the countryside that inspired WB Yeats, this romantic Gothic castle hotel is set on 500 acres where you can enjoy horse-riding and making a wish in the castle’s wishing well.

Located in the oldest part of the castle, the three-roomed bridal apartment boasts an in-room bar and an open fire, while the bathroom and dressing rooms offer “his and hers” showers, vanity unit, sinks and a Victorian freestanding bathtub.

Hotel Markree Castle

Sligo Town
8.3 Very good (252 reviews)

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