Blackrock Castle

8 Dreamy Irish Castles For Your Fairytale Wedding

A wedding in a fairytale castle is every little girl’s dream! Whether you’re planning a whirlwind elopement to the magical Emerald Isle, or you’re lusting after a luxurious affair surrounded by your nearest and dearest, these truly romantic venues will most certainly leave you starry-eyed.

Meet our favourite venues for a dreamy Irish castle wedding…

Barberstown Castle

Barberstown Castle

Over 700 years old, Barberstown Castle is a unique and elegant venue for your wedding. Nestled in the peaceful countryside of County Kildare, the Castle is still within 30 minutes driving distance of Dublin City Centre – perfect for any family members flying in to join the festivities.

As each celebration is unique, the Wedding Team are delighted to create Bespoke Wedding Celebrations, tailored to each couples’ individual requirements. Whether you are planning something contemporary, traditional or a celebration infused with your own personalities, the dedicated team is there to help you organise your perfect day. A wow-factor venue in every way, the impressive Ancient Halls boast fabulous pieces of art, intricately detailed carved furniture, beautiful old world wooden beams and period style chandeliers.

 

 

Blackrock Castle Observatory

Built in the 16th Century, CIT Blackrock Castle is a boutique wedding venue with a view unlike any other – overlooking Cork Harbour! Lovingly restored and steeped in history, Blackrock Castle caters for bespoke weddings in a warm and relaxed environment. No two weddings are the same, so if individuality is high on your wish list, Blackrock Castle is the perfect space to put your own stamp on your ceremony.

For the most important day of your lives, you will enjoy exclusive-use of the castle, with the venue’s on-site specialist Events Coordinator consulting with you throughout your journey to ensure everything runs seamlessly. For groups of up to 100 guests, The Forum & Long Room is situated in the main castle building. While up to 25 of your loved ones can be accommodated in the intimate Fireplace Lobby to witness you and your partner exchange vows. From June to August, only evening ceremonies are hosted at the castle, meaning you can take advantage of the extraordinary summer light for those all-important wedding photos.

 

Bellingham Castle

Brimming with history and romantic charm, Bellingham Castle is utterly private and prestigious. In 1905, it was the venue for the romantic wedding celebrations of Augusta Mary Monica Bellingham, daughter of Sir Alan Bellingham, 4th Baronet, to John Crichton-Stuart, the 4th Marquis of Bute. The Marquis, who was one of the wealthiest men in the British Isles at the time, spared no expense and treated his bride and guests to a lavish celebration, including chartering the Princess Maud steamer to take their guests and the Isle of Bute pipe band across the Irish Sea for the wedding! As the society event of the year, the wedding attracted the world’s media attention, from California to New Zealand.

Today, more than a century later, Bellingham Castle is still an exclusive castle wedding venue that exudes elegance and sophistication. An impressive tree-flanked driveway leads up to the centrepiece of the 17 acre estate; the magnificent castle. In true fairytale fashion, the estate features a weir and man-made river island with footbridges, mature trees and formal gardens. Swoon!

The Abbey Hotel

Recently crowned Top Rated Venue in Roscommon for 2016 by WeddingDates, The Abbey Hotel boasts an air of Wuthering Heights. Allow yourself to be transported back in time to the mythical era of saints and scholars whilst immersing yourself in the magical backdrop of this 18th century manor property. Steeped in history and heritage, with acres of private grounds where you can ramble and roam amidst the romanticism of the old Abbey Ruins at the rear of the property – the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos!

Run by the Grealy family dynasty for four generations, you are assured a warm & friendly welcome when you arrive at this premier wedding venue. With an outstanding reputation for providing exceptional award-winning seasonal cuisine for up to 350 guests, you can be rest assured that your special day is in the safest of hands with the team’s sheer professionalism. For any newly-engaged ladies, The Abbey is delighted to invite you to their Say Yes To The Dress Bridal Accessories Expo on Sunday March 26th 2017 from 12pm until 4pm. Admission is free.

 

Belleek Castle

With its roaring fires, unique gothic exterior and romantic candlelight, Belleek Castle is just mystical for a wedding. Sitting amidst enchanting woodland along the infamous Wild Atlantic Way, this castle venue is a rare gem along Ireland’s west coast. From its period bedrooms to the medieval Banqueting Hall, the property’s sheer grandeur and opulence will amaze your guests. Food is the main talking point at an Irish wedding, and Belleek Castle certainly won’t disappoint! Crowned Best Hotel Restaurant in Mayo for the third year running AND Best Hotel Restaurant in Connacht at the 2016 Irish Restaurant Awards, the stellar kitchen team takes advantage of the wonderful surroundings of the Co Mayo countryside. Inspired by local produce, your wedding dishes will be delivered to the highest standards using prime fresh ingredients.

 

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Happily ever after begins here. With a breathtaking castle facade, dedicated art galleries, original medieval architecture, landscaped gardens and a romantic outdoor terrace, Clontarf Castle holds a wealth of unforgettable experiences for each and every wedding couple. One of Dublin’s leading wedding venues with an impressive 50+ years experience, Clontarf Castle is beautifully striking whatever the season. From winter weddings with castle decorations in abundance, festive carols and crackling log fires, to a summer wedding that is synonymous with style, elegance and romance promising you and your guests a luxurious experience.

 

Markree Castle

We are super excited for this highly-anticipated big reveal! Markree Castle Sligo, opens this March after a huge renovation. The setting is stunning; a gothic style countryside estate with rolling green fields, ancient trees, rose gardens and wishing wells. The castle itself is magnificent; with a private chapel, a dedicated entertainment suite and the most exquiste dining and reception rooms. A truly show-stopping setting for your special day.

 

Lough Eske Castle

An imposing Tudor Baronial castle, Lough Eske Castle was lavishly refurbished in 2007 creating modern touches with a hint of boutique class. Close to the breathtaking beaches of Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, five-star quality and excellence is the order of the day at Lough Eske. It’s the way you feel when you are there that makes this venue truly unique. The staff are constantly but discretely helping you and your guests, treating you like royalty. With a host of top class golf courses nearby and a heavenly spa on-site, it is the perfect spot to extend your stay beyond the wedding to indulge in some much-needed R&R after all your celebrations.

 

Ciara Moore

Ciara Moore is the Blog Editor & Social Media Manager at WeddingDates HQ. Anything you want to know about weddings and what is on trend - she's your woman!

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