January 10

Castles in Ireland to Stay In

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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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Staying in a Castle in Ireland

Castles in Ireland to Stay in

Huntington Castle

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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. That is why I made a list of relatively cheap castles in Ireland.

Of course, if you are travelling and have an endless budget, you might prefer the $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. 

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. 

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 the Castles

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 Castle Hotels 

These are affordable castle hotels. 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 west coast of Ireland, which has the experience of an old palace.

Rooms in these castles hotels can be had for a starting cost between $89 to $149 (USD), much like an average hotel.

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Finnstown Castle Hotel

Lucan,Western Suburbs, Dublin (12.8 km to centre)

Finnstown Castle Hotel

Four star CASTLE 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.

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness centre
  • Indoor pool & sauna
  • Tennis courts
  • Golf (within 3 km)
8.2 of 10 Stars
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Abbey Hotel Roscommon

Roscommon, Ireland 

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.

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Indoor pool & hot tub
  • Golf (within 3 km)
9.1 of 10 Stars
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Killiane Castle Country House & Farm

Boutique B&B near Wexford, Ireland 

Killiane Castle Country and Farm

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. 


  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Luggage storage
  • 1 & 2 room apartments avail.
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant - free breakfast
  • Tennis Court
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Driving range and Mini Golf on site 
9.9 of 10 Stars
4

Ross Castle B & B

Mountnugent, Ireland on Lough Sheelin

Ross Castle B and B

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.

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Elevator
  • Parking (free)
  • Free breakfast available
  • Library
  • Garden
  • Golf (within 3 km)
9.7 of 10 Stars
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Ballyseede Castle

Tralee, Ireland

Ballyseede Castle Hotel

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. 

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Golf (within 3 km)
9.4 of 10 Stars


Mid-Price Range Castle Hotels

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.

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Wilton Castle

Enniscorthy, Ireland - 26 minutes north of Wexford

Wilton Castle Hotel

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. 

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Apartments w/kitchen
  • Parking (free)
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Horseback riding (within 30 mins)
  • Golf (within 30 mins)
9.6 of 10 Stars
7

Lough Rynn Castle

Mohill, Ireland 

Lough Rynn Castle Hotel

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. 

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Air conditioning
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gardens
  • Hot tubs in some rooms
  • Fireplaces in some rooms
9.6 of 10 Stars
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Kilkea Castle - great for an anniversary!

Kilkea, Ireland

Kilkea Castle Hotel

Four star CASTLE hotel

If they gave out five-stars, this castle 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. 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?

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle  
  • Three restaurants
  • Bar 
  • Tennis courts
  • Spa
  • Golf course on site
  • Game room
9 of 10 Stars
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Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

Dublin, Ireland (12.6 km to centre)

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

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. 

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Indoor pool & hot tub
  • Spa
  • Golf (within 3 km)
8.4 of 10 Stars
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Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

Waterford, Ireland

Waterford Castle Hotel and 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.

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Garden
  • Tennis courts
  • Golf on-site
9.2 of 10 Stars
9.5 of 10 Stars


Luxury Castle Hotels

These luxury castes run in the price range of $160 to $285+ (USD). Picking the right time of year can get a standard room will make this luxury stay more affordable. If you can afford the higher end rooms, you will have a true castle experience in these large Irish castles steeped in history.

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Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa

Roscommon Co., Ireland

Kilronan Castle Hotel and Spa

Four star CASTLE hotel

Kilronan Castle is only a 45 minutes drive from the Sligo Airport. You should consider renting a car as it will also give you access to some activities in the area like horseback riding or a tour of the Arigna Mining Experience.

 

Free breakfast can be included with your room. The castle offers great rooms for families, being able to accommodate between 4-5 people. Take advantage of the spa and have a massage or relax and enjoy the indoor pool.

 

It's a great family spot with hiking and electric bike trails. The Lough Key Forest and Activity Park are only 20 minutes away with more hiking, biking and Irelands only tree canopy walk. 

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Garden
  • Indoor pool & hot tub
  • Spa
9.1 of 10 Stars
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Clontarf Castle Hotel

Located in central Dublin, Ireland 

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Four star CASTLE hotel

The Clontarf Castle Hotel is located 10 minutes from Dublin city centre. It has seen a lot since it was built in the 11th century. It mixes the old with modern conveniences. 

There are two golf courses within 10 minutes on North Bull Island across the Dollymount Wooden Bridge. Dine in the award-winning restaurant or take a walk and experience some local restaurants in the area. Drive or take the public transit to the famous Temple Bar in downtown Dublin and have a drink. 

It is definitely an upscale hotel, and the restaurant gets a lot of praise for its beautiful and delicious food with its beef and fish sourced locally. 

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Golf (within 3 km)


8.9 of 10 Stars
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Cabra Castle Hotel

Cavan Co., Ireland

Cabra Castle Hotel

Four star CASTLE hotel

Cabra Castle is hidden in the Irish countryside, an hour and twenty-minute drive northwest of Dublin. The castle is ornate throughout, just as you would expect a castle to be. This is luxury at it's finest. They have 105 rooms, but they do book up fast. The carriage rooms within the castle are the most expensive, while the cottage rooms within walking distance of the castle are less expensive.

Enjoy a fine dining experience in the restaurant or a more casual meal in the on-site bar. The courtyard rooms are stunning, with four-poster beds all beautifully decorated.

Being flexible with your dates will improve your chances of getting a room. Comparing prices, Agoda (link below) was on average $60 cheaper than other sites for a courtyard room.

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant - free breakfast
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Tennis courts
  • Spa
  • Pets allowed
9.2 of 10 Stars
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Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

Clifden, Ireland

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

Four star CASTLE hotel

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is the most western castle on this list, about an hour and a half west of Galway near Clifden Bay.

They have four different styles of rooms for a variety of budgets. The Original rooms are the lowest price while the Castle rooms are the most luxurious with fireplaces and some with clawfoot tubs. The hotel restaurant is well known for serving local seafood delights and other Irish cuisines.

Explore the region by car and drive the 11 km Sky Loop Road. You will be enjoying the view of the 12 Bens mountains. Visit the Kylemore Abbey and Gardens just 24 minutes up the N59. There is a lot to explore in the Connemara region.

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour reception
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking (free)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Tennis courts
  • Spa
  • Garden
8.9 of 10 Stars


Airbnb Castles in Ireland 

Three of these Airbnbs are run by Superhosts and one by the Irish Landmark Trust. Two are actually small gatehouses in the style of a castle. All the hosts get rave reviews from all that have stayed there. Huntington Castle is a bed and breakfast while, with the other castles, you get the entire place to yourself.

Renting a car is a good idea if you choose one of these castles, as they are in the middle of the Irish countryside. Three of them are on the east coast of Ireland and one in the south near Cork.

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Gatelodge Woodenbridge - great for families!

Woodenbridge, Ireland (1 hour south of Dublin)

Family castle Airbnb in Ireland

photo courtesy of Airbnb

Airbnb Superhost logo

Superhost!

This is an old, charming gatehouse you get all to yourself. The interior is modern with everything you need. Located just one hour south of Dublin, you are minutes from the east coast. It has a quaint little garden and patio to enjoy your mornings and evenings on.


This is a fantastic place for a family. Your kids will be thrilled to have their very own castle! You are twenty minutes from the Wexford Lavender fields and the Greenan Maze.


This place is a steal. The price doesn't increase with the number of guests, and the extra fees are low, making it the best family and budget-friendly place on this list.

  • Entire place
  • Heating
  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Fireplace
  • Parking (free)
  • Breakfast 
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 bedroom - 2 beds - 1.5 bath
  • Smoke detector
4.8 of 5 Stars