Ireland’s Best Castle Wedding Venues To Tie The Knot
21st March 2023
Ireland has always been a stunning part of the British Isles to visit. And with the untouched scenery, fairytale-like buildings, and the luck of the Irish, the Emerald Isle is becoming a more popular location to tie the knot (literally, according to Irish tradition).
From Victoria and David Beckham (who tied to knot in Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin) to Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll (who married in Lough Rynn castle in Leitrim), homegrown and international celebs alike are continuing to say “I do” in Ireland.
And the search results back up our universal love for Irish weddings. Searches for ‘castles in Ireland for weddings’ have jumped +52% YoY, while ‘Dublin castle wedding’ has increased by 100% YoY. And, according to TikTok, #irishcastlewedding has 22.5K views, #irishwedding has 55.8M views, #castlewedding 7.0M views, and #irishcastle has 11.1M views.
Ireland plays host to over 3,000 castles! Here are our top eight Irish castles to get married in.
1. Belleek Castle
If you have always dreamed of getting married in a fairytale, Belleek Castle in Ballina, County Mayo, is the location for you. It boasts a 5-star rating on trip advisor, with most people praising the entertaining museum tour.
One person who attended a wedding there said: “As far as the wedding as a venue: It is a dream like environment. The stable was used for the ceremony and a quick reception in the main room and dinner and dancing in the basement. Dinner, snacks and drinks were all excellent. It was really nice to stay here.”
The enchanting castle dates back to the early 1400s and is located within 200 acres of magical woodland. The themed rooms and expansive gardens create beautiful backdrops for group and romantic photo opportunities.
Glin Castle on the banks of the River Shanon in County Limerick is a unique heritage property offering exquisite comfort and breath-taking surroundings. Built in 1780, Glin Castle has been lived in by the same family for over 800 years and boasts some of the most breathtaking gardens with domestic and exotic plants alike, sprawling grounds, and stunning rooms.
It has been described as “A hidden gem which deserves to be much better known - possibly Ireland's best kept secret. Beautiful and romantic house and garden with a fascinating history,” by one reviewer on TripAdvisor, and with its 5-star rating, it’s a beautiful location for an intimate wedding.
3. Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo is one of the most unique wedding venues in Ireland. It is not only a historic castle in its own right, but it is now also a five-star hotel and is a beautifully romantic wedding venue. With two churches located on the grounds and with rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, couples looking for either a religious ceremony or a civil one can be accommodated here.
It boasts an excellent 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor, with many people praising its beauty and saying their stay was very enjoyable.
4. Dromoland Castle
Welcoming guests since the 16th Century, Dromoland castle in County Clare is an enchanting location to tie the knot. The sprawling grounds, stunning lake, and iconic architecture add a touch of magic to any special day. With another 4.5-star rating, Dromoland regularly has visitors praising its beautiful grounds and amazing scenery.
The castle can host weddings of any size – from 10 to 300 guests alike, and all parties are invited to use the luxury spa and golf course. And, of course, the castle grounds are also available for photography.
5. Huntington Castle
Huntington Castle, in Clonegal, is a beautiful privately owned family estate run by husband and wife duo Alexander and Clare. It was built in 1625, is soaked in Irish history, and plays host to beautiful grounds, sprawling gardens, a tea shop, and a woodland playground for younger family members. It’s a stunning location for weddings, and they even run a B&B so you and your guests can stay on the premises.
And its 4.5-star TripAdvisor reviews reflect just how lovely it is: its top highlighted comments mention that the grounds are beautiful, that it’s a hidden gem, and describe it as a magical place.
6. Claregalway Castle
Claregalway Castle was built in the early 1400s and overlooks Clare river. It boasts a brilliant 4.5-star rating on Tripadvisor, with one person saying, “I cannot speak highly enough of my recent stay at Claregalway Castle.”
The restored 15th-century stronghold hosts popular medieval-style tournaments and other historical fayres throughout the year but is also available for hire for private events such as weddings. The mediaeval atmosphere is perfect for couples who want something a little more unique, and the grounds make the perfect photo backdrops, no matter the weather.
7. Lissanoure Castle
If you are looking for a very special and private place to wed your beloved, look no further than Lissanoure Castle in County Antrim. This privately owned castle sits within a larger estate and is described as a “truly stunning and serene setting” and an “absolutely beautiful wedding venue” by commenters on TripAdvisor.
It is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Ireland and the only Northern Irish castle on our list. It is right at the foot of the Glens of Antrim, surrounded by beautiful lakes, parkland and woods – perfect for wedding photos.
8. Cloontykilla Castle
Built in 1839, Cloontykilla Castle is located on the shores of the magnificent Lough Key in County Roscommon. The stately rooms and opulent surroundings make for the perfect wedding backdrop. The estate has its own marina and extensive lakeshore frontage, with swans gliding along the shoreline – perfect for photos. Not only that, but Cloontykilla Castle has 20 acres of mature forest grounds populated with wild deer, red squirrels, and a wide variety of native trees.
*The Castle is currently being renovated, so check their website regularly if you’re interested in getting married here!
Whether you have three hundred guests at your wedding or just a handful of close friends, there is the perfect Irish castle for you to say your “I do”s out there. When planning your wedding, the cost will probably be on your mind. Learn about the average wedding cost in Ireland to help give you a better idea of how much you can expect to spend.
Did you know that the Irish are known for some really romantic wedding traditions? It’s where the phrase ‘tie the knot’ comes from – the ancient Celtic wedding tradition known as 'Handfasting', where two willing suitors would tie or 'fasten' their hands together using knots of cloth. Searches for "Irish wedding traditions" have increased by 23% in the past three years so if you want to incorporate more of these lovely customs into your ceremony, why not check out our Irish Wedding Traditions guide?
Diamonds Factory Ireland scraped TripAdvisor to identify all of the Castles in Ireland that accommodate ‘weddings’. They then ranked each castle based on the number of reviews, the rating of the review and how likely it was to be recommended as an attraction in each city to determine the best overall castle to tie the knot.
*Note: we only looked at Irish castles in Ireland, not ‘historic hotels’.