Markree Castle

Markree Castle

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Collooney, Co. Sligo
Markree Castle is a stunning Gothic Style Castle, set in the heart of the picturesque Sligo Countryside. The Castle is a truly authentic, relaxing and uniquely charming Wedding Venue where you will find yourself immersed in unrivalled castle hotel comfort.


Markree Castle, with its relaxed atmosphere, picture-perfect 500-acre grounds and luxury accommodation, provides the ideal location to celebrate a wedding, and the freedom to create a wedding you have always dreamed of. On your wedding day, arrive by wedding car or if you want something more unique, arrive by boat to our boathouse, or by horse and carriage or on horseback through our ‘port la couer’ at the front of the castle.

Part of the uniqueness of Markree is that you and your guests use Markree as you would your own home, with a drinks’ reception in the Grand Hall in front of the fire, a five-course banquet in our unique individual adjoining dining rooms and dancing in the specially designed entertainment suite, which features a Gin and Whiskey bar. It’s like a house party in a castle! Guests can use our Butlers kitchen – a hidden gem where late night food and the wedding cake are served with tea and coffee, while the wedding couple can relax before dinner with their own private mini bar in our Billiard Room.

Markree Castle is the perfect place for a destination wedding in Ireland. The privacy of up to 210 wedding guests is ensured by the extensive estate and the castle’s countryside location. Each guest is made feel like royalty by not only the extravagant venue, but the exemplary level of service provided by each member of staff. Our award-winning wedding team take the stress out of planning a wedding from abroad – they are always at hand to answer any phone calls, emails, or even video call!

Our magical Markree wedding package includes exclusive use of Markree Castle, which offers a stunning setting with mature trees, a rose garden and grounds along the river Unshin for unforgettable photographs. The package also includes a dedicated wedding team to advise couples on every aspect of their day. The most important part of the package and the real highlight of the day is the five-course wedding banquet. Using only the finest of locally-produced ingredients, we guarantee a superb dining experience for you and your guests.

A stunning range of luxury guest accommodation is available at Markree Castle. The 31 en-suite castle bedrooms are the epitome of luxury. The Wedding Suite is much more than a suite - it's a three-room apartment located in the oldest part of the castle, down flag-stoned corridors, boasting an open fire and in-room bar!

Markree Castle is registered for civil ceremonies and partnerships, which can take place in a choice of five different locations including our onsite chapel, which boasts beautiful stained-glass windows and an antique church organ, or among the rich décor in the Grand Hall.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to say your vows amid the beauty of the great outdoors, we have three outdoor locations: the stunning natural setting of the castle terrace – which overlooks the rose garden, under the trees in our landscaped forest or perhaps a ceremony among our manicured gardens may be the perfect spot for you to say “I do”.

Markree Castle weddings are personal and bespoke, celebrating who you are as a couple. We are here to make your dream wedding come true so contact us today to arrange a private viewing of Markree Castle.


Venue Type

  • Castle
  • Exclusive Use
  • Hotel
  • Independent Family Run


  • Classic
  • Destination


  • Civil License
  • Fully Accessible
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Late License
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Parking

Meet the Dream Maker

Deirdre Ryan
Deirdre Ryan
Wedding & Events Coordinator
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What people are saying!

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 90 reviews
Grainne Kent
wedding on Sat, 28th of December, 2019
From the moment we got engaged and started to plan our wedding day we were both in agreement that we wanted to give all the special people in our lives a special treat and ensure they were wined and dined for the day. We initially began our wedding venue hunt ruling out Markree as an option as one

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of our best friends had their wedding there and we wanted to do something different, however after travelling around the West of Ireland looking at venues we soon realised nothing was going to compare to Markree, and we were blessed to have a dream wedding venue on our doorstep in beautiful Sligo.
One of the most unique aspects about Markree compared to other venues was the team, and the fact that you could do so many personalised touches to make the venue yours on the day. Nothing we suggested was a problem for the team, and they were so accommodating to all our random ideas. On the day our guests were blown away but the venue, the overall experience was compared as something out of a Holywood movie! Everything was absolutely perfect from start to finish.
It amazed us both as the bride and groom how the staff made us feel like we were so important in the lead up and on the day when they have so many other weddings happening. A highlight of the day was definitely our first dance outside in the courtyard underneath the fairy lights and stars which was break-taking. We could have travelled anywhere in the world for our wedding day and I truly believe nothing could have compared to the experience we and our guests had.

Review submitted on Mon, 6th of April, 2020
Dee Walsh
wedding on Thu, 31st of October, 2019
We had the most amazing Halloween wedding in Markree Castle. The venue is stunning that goes without saying. The castle is breathtaking day and night. However, Deirdre Nicholas and the rest of the team are what really makes it so special. While there we were made feel like we owned the castle. The

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food was so amazing all our guests commented on it and every tiny detail was taken care of. Our little dog Belle stole the show on the day and the staff spoilt her rotten, she had the run of the place. We would highly recommend Markree and all its amazing team! We are sorry this took so long to be written but we came back from honeymoon with a little surprise of our own and have been busy getting ready for the unexpected arrival. We hope to get back to Markree sometime in the future to relive the amazing time we had.

Review submitted on Sun, 16th of February, 2020
Clare Flaherty
wedding on Fri, 6th of December, 2019
We got married in Markree Castle in December 2019. One word – Magical.
Beautiful setting, amazing food, outstanding staff and service.
Our experience was amazing from the first moment we met Deirdre and the team.
If you want a fairy-tale castle venue like no other Markree Castle is the venue

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for you. We can’t recommend it enough.

Review submitted on Sun, 16th of February, 2020
Amy Kahlout
wedding on Sat, 3rd of August, 2019
We got married here in August 2019 and I cannot praise Deirdre, Nicholas and the whole team highly enough. The whole experience was amazing, they went above and beyond to make the day perfect for us. The castle is like staying in a 5 star hotel, the standard of rooms and amenities are exemplary. The

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food was fantastic and we literally had no complaints from any guest, people were blown away by the castle and team. We can't recommend it highly enough. Thank you so much, if we could do it all over again we would!!

Review submitted on Fri, 7th of February, 2020
Roisin O Reilly
wedding on Sat, 2nd of November, 2019
Deirdre, Nicholas and all the team at Markree ensured we had our perfect wedding weekend in this beautiful castle. Planning the weekend was made simple with the help of Deirdre's expertise and helpful manner and it was always a joy visiting the castle when we needed to! The day ran without a hitch,

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our guests were blown away by the standard of the food and we couldn't have been happier with the service. The entertainment area downstairs was perfect for dancing the night away and lots of quiter spaces for people to have a catch up too! It rained all day but thankfully, we were able to get beautiful photos in the castle and in sheltered areas in the grounds. We had our second day celebrations in Markree also and we all felt that having that extra night was invaluable to really soak up the castle vibes and enjoy our stay.

Review submitted on Tue, 4th of February, 2020

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