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Wedding Goals: Romantic Castles of Ireland

On the hunt for a gorgeous castle to get married in? We’d like to introduce you to the largest independent and privately owned collection of luxury castle wedding venues. The romantic castles of Ireland are four incredible castles, each with its own personality and charm that is rooted in the four provinces of Ireland.

Ballyseede Castle is in County Kerry. Bellingham Castle is in County Louth. Cabra Castle is in County Cavan. Markree Castle is in County Sligo.

There are four factors that were considered for each of these castles to fall into the romantic castles of Ireland group. Each castle has a rich history, jaw-dropping architecture, breathtaking surroundings, and world-class accommodation. A truly unbeatable combination!

Ballyseede Castle, County Kerry | View Profile

With its welcoming atmosphere, beautiful grounds, award-winning food and luxurious accommodation – Ballyseede Castle provides an ideal location to celebrate with family and friends, and the freedom to create a wedding that you have always dreamed of.

Be distinctively different – enjoy a drinks reception in any of the beautifully decorated formal lounges, or in the stunning Orangery. Take family portraits in the gardens with the castle as a backdrop and allow your guests to enjoy every inch of this enchanting castle. Feast on an outstanding meal in the company of your friends and dance the night away…

We only wish we could give more than 5 stars!! From the day we booked our wedding to checking out of Ballyseede we were bowled over by the service and support provided by Marnie, Rory and all the team in Ballyseede. To say that all of our expectations were surpassed is an understatement! We were truly made feel like the most special couple in the world on the day of our wedding! The setting in Ballyseede is truly magnificent and the food and service was amazing and our guests who attended are still talking about it and the fabulous day they experienced. We were amazed by all of the little touches and additional extras on the day and cannot stress how accommodating all of the team were to all of our requests! The professionalism, guidance and support we received from all of the staff was truly something that we will always remember and made our day special for us. There is not one thing we would change and We only wish that we could do it all over again!” – Laura and Shane

A Charming Ballyseede Castle Wedding | Tara Donoghue Photography

Bellingham Castle, County Louth | View Profile

Bellingham Castle offers a warm and inviting setting for the most magical day of your life. Full of romance, luxury and charm, we pride ourselves on being one of the finest authentic castle wedding venues in Ireland. The castle is 45 minutes from Dublin and an hour from Belfast via the M1.

Our team understand how important every detail of your special day is and would be delighted to help you organise a memorable, bespoke wedding.  Our elegant period drawing rooms are perfect for your arrival reception, while guests can enjoy tête-à-têtes in our library or catch up in our relaxing bars before dining in our grand reception room.

Bellingham Castle from day one outdid themselves! From the very beginning the staff were outstanding and instilled in me confidence and belief through their professionalism. Hand on heart I can say that there is truly no other wedding venue like them. Absolutely every one of the guests raved about the venue, the food, the staff, the service. The list was endless! Each and every one of the guests were treated like royalty. Thank you so much to the wonderful team at Bellingham – Ciara, Jack, John et al. You made planning a wedding from Canada a breeze – thank you for answering all of my emails no matter what time of day or night it was! You are all exceptional and kudos to having top class staff. There was nothing we wanted or needed on the day. Honestly, if I or any of my bridal party even looked like we needed something you or your staff were right there beside us! The attention to detail and the care on the day and the day after was out of this world! We actually can’t thank you enough – from the bottom of our heart though, thank you. Much love” – Lynn and Niall Thornton

A Beautiful Bellingham Castle Wedding | Peter Rowen Photography

Cabra Castle, County Cavan | View Profile

Your guests are invited to relax in one of the castle’s beautifully appointed reception rooms whilst enjoying a complimentary tea/coffee reception. In fine weather, your wedding party can also adjourn to your private outdoor terrace to enjoy the magnificent parkland setting. Cabra Castle offers a magical and romantic setting for your wedding photography.

The castle’s interior exudes old-world elegance and charm and provides an ideal atmosphere for fairytale moments. Hand-painted ceilings, exquisite antiques, Gothic-style leaded windows and the grand staircase all contribute to a unique setting.

Everything, from start to finish, was completely perfect! The service was next to none and all of the guests still talk about how incredible they found it. I could never recommend Cabra enough and it will always be incredibly special to us! We cannot wait for our next visit!

A Timeless Cabra Castle Wedding | The Fennells

Markree Castle, County Sligo | View Profile

Markree Castle – with its relaxed atmosphere, picture-perfect grounds and luxury accommodation – provides an ideal location to celebrate with family and friends, and the freedom to create a wedding that you have always dreamed of.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sligo countryside, Markree Castle is located in the north-west of Ireland on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. A beautiful and private setting, the castle overlooks a large countryside estate on the banks of the river Unshin.

We had the most amazing wedding here in Markree Castle near Sligo. The Castle is magnificent & beautifully refurbished. We took over the castle for the wedding so it was ”ours” for the weekend. The food was fantastic as was the wonderful professional staff and Philip who was so helpful with every detail. Everything was perfect. The most fabulous time had by all.” – Juliet

Main image credit: Peter Rowen Photography

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Kelly Jane Hartmann

Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.

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