Love Is In The Air: 5 Castle Venues For A True Fairytale Romance

Every little girl has dreamt of the timeless romance of a castle wedding… then riding off into the sunset with her handsome prince.

Just imagine floating down a grand staircase as you make your way to wed your true love… all in a gorgeous flowing gown, of course! A castle wedding is the ultimate symbol of fairytale romance, but it doesn’t just have to be a dream! Celebrate your own magical day surrounded by beloved friends and family at an enchanting Irish Castle.

Start making your wedding fantasies unfold at one of these castle venues for a true fairytale romance.

Markree Castle

You are travelling up a picturesque driveway, the entrance to a gorgeous 400-acre estate. As you reach the end and a stunning fairytale castle stands before you, resplendent in cut stone. Inside Markree Castle you are greeted by a magnificent oak staircase, long passageways, beautiful stained glass windows, luxury at every turn. This fairytale castle could be all yours for the day. The most special occasion of your life – your wedding day.

Recently reopened as a wedding and private-hire venue, following an extensive two-year renovation. Markree now joins sister castles Bellingham, Ballyseede and Cabra in the Romantic Castles of Ireland group, a family-run collection of castle hotels and private-hire venues. Markree is a magical setting where you and your guests can absorb the comfort and warmth of a real fire amid the rich décor and warm period colours. Take in the wall to ceiling detail in the dining room as natural daylight floods the room and the soft glow of candles and crystal chandeliers create a romantic and inviting ambience as the light fades. Afterwards, retire to the unique entertainment suit which offers more than just a dance floor; vaulted ceilings, a cocktail bar and farmhouse style kitchen ensuring every guest is catered for!

Cabra Castle

Cabra Castle and its delightful setting will make your dreams of a Fairytale Wedding come true. With old-world elegance and style, you will be guaranteed to have the most magical day of your lives.

Situated on 100 lush green acres of beautifully manicured gardens and woodland, this 18th-century castle is yours alone for the day of your wedding. Centrally located between Dublin and Belfast on the Cavan/Monaghan border let its elegance and style embrace you as you start married life.

The castle is the perfect backdrop for your wedding and with the addition of a stunning Italian style garden and unblemished landscape, there are even more opportunities to capture your romantic moments as your guests enjoy the rich and charming reception rooms full of period features and furnishings transporting them to an era of romance and true elegance.

Dine by candlelight under softly-lit Waterford Crystal chandeliers in the magical atmosphere of the Grand Ballroom. Renowned for the exquisite food the devoted team guarantee an impeccable meal that your guests will never forget. The Castle honeymoon suite, an unadulterated haven, boasts its own private terrace with hot tub, fire-pit, heated lighting and canopy all nestled beneath the turrets and castle tower creating the ultimate romantic setting on your wedding night.

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Clontarf Castle Hotel is one of Dublin’s leading wedding venues and was recently awarded the prestigious title of ‘Castle Venue of the Year 2018’

This utterly romantic 12th-century castle offers the perfect blend of traditional castle features with modern interior design, exceptional facilities and a warm welcome for which the team are renowned. With a contemporary art gallery adorning the walls, a stunning atrium lobby, beautifully landscaped gardens and an outdoor terrace, there are few settings as romantic as this unique 12th-century castle venue only a short distance from Dublin city centre, a stunning backdrop for brides and grooms looking to plan their dream wedding day.

At Clontarf Castle, they understand that every couple is different and their experienced wedding team are ready to design a bespoke package, perfectly tailored to your personality and relationship.

Talk to Rachael Clarke, Wedding Co-ordinator and the wedding team today by calling 01 8332321 or visit to find out more and start planning your special celebration at this award-winning hotel.

Waterford Castle Hotel

Be swept into a world of storybook romance as you enter Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, a 16th Century Irish castle established on a private 310-acre island.

Located on the River Suir, the Castle presents the most picturesque backdrop for memorable photos or romantic moments with your true love. Guests will be in awe as they are transported from the mainland by the resort’s private car ferry to enjoy your day in a world apart. Surrounded by the magic of a bygone era, with tall castle walls and lush gardens, it’s no wonder Waterford Castle Hotel has been recognized as 7th out of The 50 Best Hotels in The World and 3rd out of the Top Ten Hotels of Europe by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for 2016.

The beautiful Gothic style venue combines the elegance and grandeur of the past with the modern comforts and conveniences of today. With 5 suites and 14 guest rooms, the castle is the ideal place for an intimate celebration with family and friends and can be yours to use exclusively for the special day.

The team at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort will go above and beyond to help create a tailor-made wedding day. Whether you are planning for an intimate gathering or grand celebration, romance and elegance will be sure to fill the day.

Belleek Castle

Begin your fairytale romance at Belleek Castle. Situated in the midst of Ballina’s sprawling countryside in, the Castle is the ideal venue for a traditional castle wedding.

You are spoiled for choice as the stunning gothic style venue has two locations for a grand gathering available. If you’re planning for a more intimate wedding day, the beautiful restaurant is perfect for holding up to 50 of your nearest and dearest, while the Banqueting Hall can accommodate for more lavish get-togethers for up to 200. Beyond the celebration, you and your guests can take in the period elegance of Belleek Castle’s elegant bedrooms, romantic gardens, and 14th century stone arched Abbey.

If you’re looking to be transported through the ages to a time of mystical elegance Belleek Castle’s idyllic location, open fireplaces, and exquisite food, will make it the perfect choice for your hopelessly romantic wedding day.


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