Ireland is known for its lush green landscape and beautiful old castles. If you are planning to travel to Ireland, consider treating yourself to a unique experience. Did you know there are a lot of castles in Ireland to stay in? Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a place to celebrate an anniversary, a family vacation, or travelling with a large group, I'll show you some affordable options.
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Castles in Ireland to Stay In
There are many hotels in castles in Ireland, but a lot of them can be quite expensive. That's why I've put together this list of rustic castles to stay in Ireland. It is a mix of castles you can rent, bed and breakfasts, and castle hotels you can afford. Even a couple of castles would be great for a wedding.
Staying in a castle in Ireland shouldn't just be a dream. Make it a reality. Finding an expensive castle to stay in is easy. If you are looking to stay in a castle in Ireland cheap, then you'll definitely find some great Irish castle hotels for a great rate too.
Of course, if you are travelling and have an endless budget, you might prefer a place like Lough Eske Castle or a $800 a night stay at the Ashford Castle Hotel. Well, I don't have that budget, so I'm always looking to have a balance between experiences and dollars. That's what this list is about.
The castles on this list range from as low as $89 to $285 a night (USD). Which is much like any hotel stay, just with a really cool upside. You're staying in a castle!
Keep in mind these prices fluctuate. Most of the prices quoted are based on two guests in the shoulder seasons. A single guest would be about 12% cheaper.
Time of year is a factor for any accommodations in Europe. It is not uncommon for prices to increase dramatically in the prime summer months. November to April will be the cheapest (excluding around Christmas to New Year's). May to mid-June and Sept to November are the shoulder seasons, will be less expensive than July and August, the most expensive time to travel.
Choose What Works For You
Everyone has a different travel budget. You have to decide what's best for you. Sometimes we have to sacrifice a few dollars to have a really fantastic experience. As you can see with some of these prices, it's no more expensive than a regular hotel.
There are a couple of properties that have small apartments or they never seem to be available. I'll show you the tricks to finding availability in the descriptions below. There are some amazing stays that most people would miss out because they don't know these tricks.
If any of these castles are not listed anymore, let me know, and I'll update the post.
Getting to Your Irish Castle Hotel
If you are looking to stay in a castle in Ireland, you also have to consider how you will get to them. The majority of the castles are out in the countryside. This gives you beautiful views and scenery to go explore.
Renting a car is always the more convenient option giving you the freedom to do what you want and when you want to. I like using Auto Europe. Time and time again they have always given me the lowest prices.
Taking the bus or train is also an option if the castle is near a town with a bus or train station. For trains and buses I always use Omio to see what my best option is. It shows you the buses, trains, planes and it saves you from jumping between different sites. I've always found the cheapest prices for buses and trains with them.
See the map below to learn where all the castle stays in Ireland are!
Map of Castles in Ireland to Stay In
Affordable Castles to Stay in Ireland
These are the best castle hotels in Ireland. There is quite a bit of variety here. Starting with Finnstown Castle Hotel in Dublin, it is more like a large manor house. Whereas Ballyseede Castle on the Wild Atlantic Way area of Ireland, which has the experience of an old palace.
Rooms in these Irish castle hotels can be had for a starting cost between $89 to $149 (USD), much like an average hotel.
Finnstown Castle Hotel
Lucan,Western Suburbs, Dublin (12.8 km to centre)
Four star hotel
The Finnstown Castle Hotel from the outside may not remind you of a castle, but it's luxurious inside will. It has beautiful gardens on its 45 acre property and an onsite bar and restaurant for you to enjoy at the end of a long day of touring around.
Located on the west side of Dublin, it gives you the best of both worlds. It is situated between the M4 and M7 giving you easy access to the city, and to the countryside. It is also a 15-minute walk or 12-minute bus ride to the Adamstown train station making it accessible with public transit.
This is the cheapest on this list, often found for as low as $90 (USD) for two guests.
Abbey Hotel Roscommon
Four star CASTLE hotel
Dating from the 18th century, Abbey Hotel Roscommon has old world charm with some modern amenities. Roscommon is centrally located in Ireland. It is an hour and a half from Galway on the west side of Ireland, and almost two hours from Dublin in the east. Trains and buses both reach here from Dublin and Galway also.
Breakfast is often included in your stay making it more like a bed and breakfast. Some of the rooms also have a view of the Roscommon Friary ruins. The Roscommon Castle ruins are a 20 minute walk from the hotel.
Killiane Castle Country House & Farm
Boutique B&B near Wexford, Ireland
Four star CASTLE B&B
Killiane Castle Country House and Farm is located 3 miles from medieval Wexford on the east coast of Ireland.
There are so many options when it comes to rooms. There are single, double, and triple rooms. They even have one and two bedroom apartments available. In order to see the apartments listed, you have to book for a minimum of 3 nights. They can be found as cheap as $154 (USD) a night! For a family of four that is a steal.
Add in the onsite farm and variety of things to do nearby, this is the best castle to stay in for a family. If you see an availability, jump on it.
Included in your stay is a fresh homemade breakfast. This isn't just any breakfast. You will enjoy fresh fruit, free-range eggs (from their own hens) and homemade bread and yogurt.
Anne's Grove Miniature Castle - romantic getaway for two
45-minute drive from Cork, Ireland
Do you have someone you want to surprise with a romantic getaway? Well, this is the place. There's a reason it has received 5 out of 5 stars on Airbnb and 10 out of 10 on Agoda. This place is only accessible by car, so you will need to rent a car if you want to stay here.
You won't have Wi-Fi, but that's okay because you have your own private castle. Snuggle by the fire at night after exploring the Blackwater Castle and Bridgetown Abbey ruins just 5-minutes down the road.
There is a trick to getting this beautiful castle. It's listed on Agoda, but it never seems available. It has a two-night minimum stay. Change your search to a two-night stay, and now you will see when it's available! You will find it a bit cheaper on Agoda over Airbnb more often.
You will have to contact the property manager five days in advance to arrange a meeting time.
Ross Castle B & B
Mountnugent, Ireland on Lough Sheelin
Ross Castle is a traditional bed and breakfast. Each room is unique. Some rooms have shared bathrooms, some have a shower, and some have a terrace. All are beautiful rooms.
It is about 100 km from Dublin. Renting a car would be best as you will want to explore the area. The towns of Cavan and Mullingar are nearby, and there is also great hiking in the area.
People say they wish they would have stayed longer. The free breakfasts are delicious, and the common areas for a relaxing evening are cozy.
Four star CASTLE hotel
Ballyseede Castle Hotel is located on the outskirts of Tralee in the west of Ireland. Tralee is right on the coast with beautiful landscapes sounding it.
The ornate beauty throughout like the oak staircase, marble fireplace and 30 acres of private gardens will make you feel like royalty. Free breakfast is available in the elegant dining room every morning.
There are a variety of rooms at a variety of prices. Everything from single basic rooms, to luxurious suites, and even a four-person lodge, perfect for a family.
Mid-Price Range Castles in Ireland You Can Stay In
It's difficult to list prices for most of these castles. All these castles are four-star castle hotels. There is nothing mid-range about what they offer. These are all luxury castles, but can be found at a mid-range price.
They start around $160 - $200 (USD) a night and all have some high options also at +$300 (USD). There are a lot of options within this group, and all of them are high quality.
Enniscorthy, Ireland - 26 minutes north of Wexford
Four star CASTLE apartments
This castle is a unique place to stay. They have four luxury apartments with kitchens and fireplaces. These apartments can be self-catering or, you may choose the continental or Irish breakfast for €15.
The prices vary, depending on the room or apartment. They can be as low as $160 (USD) a night to around $300 (USD) for the large three-bedroom Thornhill suite (great for families). These prices include bedrooms (one, two or three bedrooms available), fireplace, kitchen, living room, and a dining room.
These prices are an incredible value. Compare that to a simple room (two single beds) in a Holiday Inn Express in downtown Dublin for $200 (USD).
It is best to rent a car to get here, as it is tucked away in the countryside. That will also allow you to explore the surrounding area and visiting Wexford.
Lough Rynn Castle
Four star CASTLE hotel
Lough Rynn Castle is located in the north of Ireland (not Northern Ireland) between two lakes. It offers a variety of rooms, suites and self-catering cottages outside the castle. Free breakfast is available with some packages.
Wood trim, stone and glass work give this castle its old world charm. Explore the walled garden behind the castle, or enjoy a meal in the award winning restaurant.
Renting a car would be best if you plan on stay here as it isn't near a town with public transport.
Kilkea Castle - great for an anniversary!
Four star CASTLE hotel
If they gave out five-stars, this stunning castle hotel would get it. Kilkea Castle is located an hour south-west of Dublin. The grounds are massive, with lodges further back, a golf course, tennis courts and gardens.
There are three main types of accommodations available, the castle, carriage rooms and lodges. This is also on of the few castles to rent in Ireland. I mean you can rent the whole castle for about $8500 (USD). If you plan on doing that, make sure to invite me.
Otherwise, the carriage rooms are attached to the castle as part of the courtyard. The lodges are located a 2 minutes walk behind the castle on the golf course.
You can get breakfast included in your stay. Book yourself a spa appointment, play a round of golf or enjoy a drink on the terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens.
This castle is a place of a luxury. But with rooms starting around $180 (USD) this makes an affordable choice for an unforgettable anniversary celebration. Who will you surprise?
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
Dublin, Ireland (12.6 km to centre)
Four star CASTLE hotel
Looking at the pictures you'd never guess that this castle is in the city of Dublin. There is also a bus stop right out the front door giving you access to the city with public transport.
It backs on the Killiney Hill Park which offers trail to go walking on. You can also walk down to the east coast of Ireland and the Killiney Bay Beach in 15 minutes.
There are lots of amenities including; sauna, pool, hot tub, spa, and fitness centre. Free breakfast can be added to some rooms at the time of booking. Take a 20 minute walk to Castle St. where you will find a large selection of restaurants.
Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Four star CASTLE hotel
Waterford Castle is located on an island just outside of Ireland's oldest city Waterford. This gives you a lot of things to do in the area.
At Waterford Castle, you can book a room in the castle or one of the modern lodges which are separate from the castle. The Deluxe Rooms in the Castle are large at 84 sqm (904 sqft). The Lodges are self-catering and house up to 6 guests in three bedrooms.
There are lots of activities on-site, such as; golf, skeet shooting, and even falconry. Exploring Viking founded Waterford is another great way to spend your day. There is hiking in the area and the south-east Irish coastline to explore.