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An Irish castle wedding is a dream for many couples at home and abroad...

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Planning a fairytale day wouldn't be complete without a beautiful Irish castle wedding venue to complete the picture. Celebrate like royalty and wow guests, locals and those flying in from abroad alike, with authentic castles fit for kings and queens as the backdrop for your big day.

If you're planning a destination wedding in Ireland, or you're a local looking to celebrate in a historic Irish setting, you can't go far wrong with an Irish castle wedding venue.

We've picked four gorgeous castles, collectively dubbed the Romantic Castles of Ireland, that would be beautiful spaces for your wedding day. Read on and just try to pick a favourite - it's not as easy as you think!

 

Irish castle wedding venue 1 - Ballyseede Castle

The venue

Get married amid 30 acres of ancient woodlands and gorgeous gardens, while feeling like you have the entire place to yourself on the secluded grounds of Ballyseede Castle.

Celebrate your wedding outdoors in the castle grounds or inside in the beautiful stone ceremony room, before enjoying a drinks reception at any of the perfectly decorated formal lounges or in the gorgeous Orangery.

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Take your family portraits in the gardens with the castle as a backdrop and feast on a gorgeous meal prepared by the castle chefs.

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Capacity

220 guests

Accommodation

45 ensuite bedrooms

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Why wed here?

As Kerry's only castle hotel, this is the perfect place to live out your Irish castle wedding dreams and get the true castle experience complete with old-world elegance and decadent comfort and luxury.

Plan your minimoon, or honeymoon for those travelling from abroad, around the south-west of Ireland - the castle's location close to Tralee is the idea spot to start your tour around the ring of Kerry.

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From €74.50 per person

 

Address: Ballyseede, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Telephone: +353 66 712 5799 | Email: [email protected]

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Irish castle wedding venue 2 - Bellingham Castle

The venue

Bellingham Castle can be found in the gorgeous medieval village of Castlebellingham in Co Louth. Set at the gateway to the Cooley mountains and on the banks of the River Glyde, you couldn't ask for a more picturesque setting for a wedding venue.

Full of character and charm, Bellingham Castle prides itself on elegance and sophistication, intimacy and cosiness, and all out luxury.

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It is an exclusive use Irish castle wedding venue, so you'll have the place to yourself for you and your guests to really soak up the full castle experience.

Host your ceremony outdoors or inside, and then head to one of the elegant period drawing rooms for your drinks reception. The beautiful library and bar spaces allow guests to explore and mingle in style before sitting down to a delicious dinner in the grand reception room.

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Capacity

200 guests

Accommodation

19 bedrooms with nine Riverside Cottage Rooms to be added in 2020.

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Why wed here?

Imagine the wedding photographs you'll get back from a wedding at Bellingham Castle - the gorgeous riverside setting has beautiful footbridges that make a perfect photo spot, as well as the beautiful grounds and gardens in the castle's estate - and that's all before you even enter the castle.

Feel like king or queen of your castle for the weekend with the whole venue exclusively rented for you and your guests to make the most of your celebrations.

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The Bill

From €98 per person

 

Address: Castlebellingham Co. Louth Ireland

Telephone: +353 42 937 2176 | Email: [email protected]

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Irish castle wedding venue 3 - Cabra Castle

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The venue

On the edge of the magnificent Dún a Rí Forest Park you'll find the majestic Cabra Castle, a luxurious Irish castle wedding venue located in Count Cavan, just an hour's drive from Dublin and 90 minutes from Belfast.

Recently renovated and restored, Cabra Castle combines period features and furnishings to create an authentic, old-world charm. Its stunning architecture and luxurious finishes are sure to wow guests, and that's not to mention the gorgeous natural surroundings which are spectacular in themselves.

With only one wedding a day, you'll have the castle to yourselves and with a reputation for having incredibly attentive staff, you're sure to have a memorable celebration with every last detail considered.

Capacity

280 guests

Accommodation

105 bedrooms

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Why wed here?

Embrace castle life at this beautiful venue where you and your guests will be welcomed by a bag piper and the castle's Irish wolfhound. This is a venue for big weddings, with a capacity of 280 guests, though there are options for more intimate celebrations. When you book, you also have the choice of two beautiful wedding suites to spend your first night as a married couple!

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The Bill

From €69p

 

Address: Carrickmacross Road, Kingscourt Co. Cavan

Telephone: +353 42 966 7030 | Email: [email protected]

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Irish castle wedding venue 4 - Markree Castle

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The venue

If you're looking for a relaxed vibe to your Irish castle wedding, Markree Castle in County Sligo is a gorgeous place to wed. Along the famous Wild Atlantic way and set on 500-acres of beautiful grounds along the River Unshin, there are few destinations with more romance and character about them.

The gothic style castle is truly authentic and uniquely charming, with original furniture and features reclaimed and rebuilt in extensive renovations. Markree is an exclusive use venue so you and your guests will be free to roam the gardens and enjoy the antique furnished reception rooms.

Each couple has a personal planner to help and advise on every aspect of your day, red carpet arrival, reception drinks, canapés, and five-course meal with wine and evening food.

Capacity

210 guests

Accommodation

31 bedrooms

Why wed here?

Part of the uniqueness of Markree Castle is that there is no function room, as such. Instead, you and your guests will use Markree as you would your own home, with your reception in the hall in front of the fire, dinner in the dining room and dancing in the specially constructed entertainment zone. Like a house party in a castle! You also have a choice of five civil ceremony locations, including the onsite chapel.

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From €92 per person

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Address: Collooney, Co. Sligo Ireland

Telephone: +353 71 916 7800 | Email: [email protected]

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Whether planning from Ireland or abroad, there's something magical about an Irish castle wedding venue that brings something special to your day, so what are you waiting for?