Let's face it, castles are probably one of the best things about good ole' Ireland, and when it comes to planning a vacation staying in one of these magnificent castles tops many peoples' bucket lists. Before you say, "But castles are for royalty! How can I possibly afford to stay in one?" Check out this list below of eight different castle hotels across Ireland that won't leave your wallet empty or suck your savings dry.
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel – Clifden
Why Visit? Being located in county Galway, Abbeyglen's stunning castle property is the perfect home base for exploring the beautiful and famous Connemara National Park. This award-winning four-star castle offers dining and spa treatments in a more remote area of Ireland, which allows for a luxury experience while getting in touch with nature. Make sure not to forget your hiking shoes so you can get out and do some walking in one of the most wonderful areas of Dublin.
- Price: from $138 per night
Kinnitty Castle Hotel – Kinnitty
Why Visit? Located in the stunning Slieve Bloom Mountains just outside of Kinnitty this castle offers 4-star luxury accommodation for a budget price. This is probably one of the most regal castles in Ireland. With 37 modern furnished bedrooms still reminiscent of the castle's medieval history, countless open fireplaces, and a library bar you will feel as if you stepped back in time.
- Price: from $119 per night
Clontarf Castle Hotel – Dublin
Why Visit? This castle dates back from 1172 and plays a very significant role in Ireland's history. In 1997 the hotel opened to the public and being only ten minutes from Dublin it is one of the most popular castle hotels in all of Ireland.Without a doubt, this is a great hotel for visitors wanting to fulfill their castle bucket lists without leaving the capital. Enjoy a BBQ on the terrace, sip a cocktail in the Knight's Bar, or indulge in the afternoon tea service.
- Price: from $148 per night
Cabra Castle Hotel – Cavan
Why Visit? Located 1.5 hours outside of Dublin this castle is the perfect place for travelers looking to stay in the countryside. Built in the Dun a Ri National Forest Park of Cavan this storybook castle flawlessly combines 4-star modern amenities with historic old world charm. From under $150 a night this place is a dream, so make sure you take advantage and explore the gorgeous grounds, surrounding area, and all of the nooks and crannies of the castle itself.
- Price: from $144 per night
Ballyseede Castle – Tralee
Why Visit? This is THE castle for you if you love the outdoors or you are planning an Ireland destination wedding. Located on the Ring of Kerry this is the only castle hotel in County Kerry, Ireland. The rooms will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time and while there you should definitely sample the on-site restaurant, O'Connell because it has won many local Irish awards for its fresh, local ingredients, delightful atmosphere, and fine wine. Adventure travelers will never be bored here with activities like paddle boarding, surfing, water slides, and much more.
- Price: from $111 per night
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel – Killiney
Why Visit? Location, location, location. This castle is the best in Ireland if you want to see how the rich and famous live their lives. Nestled south of Dublin near Dalkey the Fitzpatrick Castle is in the same area that is also home to many famous singers like Bono from U2. It's a great place to stay to get out of Dublin for a bit and with its own spa, relaxing pool, and breathtaking views from the rooftop deck it should definitely make it to your castle list.
- Price: from $134 per night
Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort – Waterford
Why Visit? Honestly, this place is probably the most fairy-tale like castle in all of Ireland so that's reason number one. Other than that, this hotel is located on a 310-acre private island—great for couples looking for a romantic weekend away or for families searching for a new and rewarding experience. Indulge in both luxury and nature with this castle stay under $200 a night.
- Price: from $137 per night
Belleek Castle Hotel – Ballina
Why Visit? This 4-star hotel is located just outside of the quaint Western Ireland town of Ballina, in County Mayo. The castle hotel sits on 1,000 acres in a secluded area and unlike some of its more posh counterparts has been described as cozy, formal, and friendly. Belleek actually has its own museum in the basement where you can visit the Irish Pirate Queen, Granuaile's former bed. Make sure you don't miss out on the food at the castle's dining room, the specialty of the house is a 'drunken bullock', which is sure to be more delicious than it sounds.
- Price: from $154 per night
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