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Waterford Castle Hotel

Waterford Castle Hotel

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The Island, Ballinakill, Waterford

Experience a fairytale wedding at a truly unique 16th Century Irish Castle set on a 310 acre private island. The Island resort offers luxury, security and privacy while conveniently located just minutes drive from Waterford City centre.


The Island Resort’s 16th Century Irish Castle offers luxury, security and privacy on a 310-acre Irish island.

Our dedicated Wedding Co-Ordinator Gillian was named Wedding Planner of the Year 2020 by the Irish Hotel Awards. 

Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is set on a privately owned island, completely detached from the mainland yet only minutes drive from Waterford City and just 90mins drive from Dublin and Cork.

Recognized as the 7th of The 50 Best Hotels in The World by Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, and recently awarded Luxury Hotel of the Year 2019 by the Irish Hotel Awards. 

In a truly picturesque location on the River Suir, access to the island is by private car ferry only. Experience a wonderful sense of anticipation as you make the short crossing to the island and travel the beech-lined drive to the Castle. 

All 5 lavish suites and 14 luxury guest rooms are decorated to the highest standard and have the characterful quirks typical of a Castle, with elegant décor full of authentic period detail and antiques as well as all the modern comforts of a world class hotel. 

Dining at the award-winning 2-AA Rosette Munster Room Restaurant with its original oak paneled walls, ornate ceilings, dramatic portraits and painted scenes creates an atmospheric backdrop to your wedding dining experience.

The Island Resort provides a stunning wedding venue for an unforgettable day, catering from the most initmate elopements up to 120 persons in the Munster Room and Conservatory. The lush gardens, great lawn, 16th century Castle, lighthouse and the surrounding River Suir create a magnificent backdrop for photography.

The Resort offers numerous activities for your family and guests from the 18 hole championship golf course to falconry, tennis, clay pigeon shooting and much more. The Island also has modern self-catering lodges, perfect for guests of larger celebrations.

Our wedding co-ordinators are always on hand to oversee every detail of your most special day, ensuring that it runs smoothly so you can relax and enjoy it. 

For more information on Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort please fill out the Enquiry Form below and one of our dedicated wedding co-ordinators will be in touch with you shortly. 

Waterford Castle leave your worries at the shore….. 

Venue Type

  • Castle
  • Exclusive Use
  • Hotel


  • Destination
  • Unusual


  • Civil License
  • Golf
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Parking

What people are saying!

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 153 reviews
Denise daly
wedding on Sat, 14th of September, 2019
We cannot thank Gillian and all of the staff in Waterford Castle enough for all they did to make our special day one of the most memorable days of our lives. We wanted and needed for nothing throughout our weekend. Our guests were so well cared for. The venue and estate is beyond magical. The

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food was fantastic, the service was amazing.

From the very first time we met Gillian, nothing was too much trouble, everything was possible - we knew we had found our venue! Gillian thought of everything, her professionalism and attention to detail left nothing to chance. She had a handle on everything from the days leading up to the wedding right up until she helped me with the final finishing touches before I walked up the aisle, you could say she was an honorary bridesmaid/wedding planner and friend all rolled into one.

We cannot recommend Waterford Castle enough for your special day, they literally made us feel like we were the King and Queen of our very own castle!

Review submitted on Mon, 12th of October, 2020
Lisa Kiely
wedding on Fri, 28th of August, 2020
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of getting married in the beautiful surroundings of Waterford Castle. While planning a wedding in 2020, was a challenge, Gillian and her team made the whole process so easy for us. As a result, when the wedding day came around, Richard and I had the most

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relaxed, enjoyable and completely unforgettable experience. We absolutely loved working with Gillian. Throughout the whole planning process she was just fantastic. We knew from our first meeting with Gillian that we were in safe hands and Richard and I are just so grateful for all the hard work she put in to making our day so special.

I can't mention Gillian and her hard work without acknowledging her fabulous team. Every member of the team that was working the day before the wedding, on the wedding day and even the day after could not have been nicer not only to Richard and I but also to every single one of our guests. They worked so hard to make sure everyone had the most relaxed and enjoyable day possible. Their attention to detail and focus on making sure every guest had the best possible experience did not go unnoticed and was much appreciated.

While the staff at the Castle really made the day for us, the stunning venue and the fabulous food can not go unrecognised. All of our guests were just so happy and comfortable in the really homely surrounds of the Castle, that combined with the delicious food, made for some very happy wedding guests.

Review submitted on Mon, 21st of September, 2020
Jamie Wilson
wedding on Sat, 22nd of February, 2020
It is only right to introduce that I am not a serial reviewer and am certainly not inclined to pen something half-heartedly, however in this instance it would be remiss not to commend the staff at Waterford Castle on their efforts. On the 22nd Feb 2020 I married my now wife (still sounds odd) during

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a narrow gap between various storms and the Corona virus. This was following months of conscientious co-ordination by Gillian O’Dea and her staff; enabling an impeccably presented venue and all our far-flung guests accommodated without stress or issue. If considering Waterford Castle as a wedding venue I suspect I do not need to advertise its beauty, tranquillity or ability to lend itself as a perfect backdrop to the photographer’s montage. I imagine clarity regarding the food and service may be an area to consider and suffice to say that the quality of our meal was the primary area of compliment, much to the annoyance of my wife and her new gúna; with the majority ordering a fillet steak which was cooked to order. Despite my own best efforts, I was unable to finish my wine glass before it was swiftly but discretely refilled!
In honesty the performance of the staff was difficult to fault, from the point of booking to the breakfast the following morning. Although the venue is superb, the staff and our treatment made this a day we shall never forget. They were a credit to their employer and to their city. Each and everyone involved having good reason to be proud of their efforts.

Review submitted on Wed, 18th of March, 2020
Elaine O'Dwyer
wedding on Thu, 20th of February, 2020
Cormac and I had our wedding at Waterford Castle February 2020. From start to finish Gillian O Dea made our experience extremely special, she was always at the end of a phone no matter what we needed.
I stayed the night before the wedding with my sister and again we were given first class

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On the morning of the wedding special attention was given to us, Gillian was there to oversee everything which was great as I was in bride mode ... hair, makeup etc .
Lunch with Prosecco was delivered to our suite which was so lovely as it brought everyone together, family popped in and out as we were getting ready which made everything so exciting.
When I was all gowned up we left the room, following photographs I entered the most beautiful reception to marry my wonderful partner Cormac. Everything was perfect, the ceremony, the music seeing family and friends having a wonderful time.
The choice of menus was excellent and the wine was perfect. We continued partying until the early hours. It’s great to have the castle as a private venue for the entire night and the bar stayed open until 3am.
Lastly the breakfast was amazing. We played golf the next day to continue with the festivities.
An experience which we will never forget and Waterford castle together with it’s staff made this happen.
Elaine & Cormac

Review submitted on Thu, 12th of March, 2020
Jill Walshe
wedding on Tue, 31st of December, 2019
The ease that came with planning our wedding from London is just a small indication of how helpful Gillian and her wider team are. Our special day felt like a real life New Year’s Eve fairytale, from the first happy tear to the final firework. It exceeded not only our expectations, but also, many

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guests. As a self confessed perfectionist I can safely assure anyone seeking high standards, you’re in safe hands choosing the castle.

Review submitted on Wed, 5th of February, 2020

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