4 Irish Castles fit for a Princess Wedding

13th Apr 16 | Xpose Magazine

Every bride should feel like a princess on her wedding day. XPOSÉ Magazine have rounded up the venues to make that dream a reality    

We’ve all read the fairytales. Rapunzel, Cinderella and the Princess and the Pea all had a beautiful majestic castle for their wedding. Why not begin your own happily ever after in a stonewalled tower? Ireland has many of them: from the grand to the intimate, here’s the list of castles fit for every princess...


Clontarf Castle
Co. Dublin
Capacity: 300
111 bedrooms.
With turrets, tapestries and an ancient history, the Castle walls conceal a beautiful interior that has been further enhanced through a significant renovation programme.   
Fact: Clontarf Castle has a history of romance that dates back to 1742 and a certain Handel, composer of the famous Messiah was a regular visitor to the castle and courted the then lady of the house Dorothy (Dolly) Vernon with whom he was particularly intimate, it is said that the neighbouring area of Dollymount was named after this lady.

Contact: info@clontarfcastle.ie


Castle Leslie Estate
Glaslough, Co. Monaghan
Capacity: 260
Accommodation: In excess of 100 bedrooms.
Features: The Castle at the heart of the Estate offers authentic original interiors and old style hospitality. It is a truly magical setting for your special day.
Fact: Castle Leslie Estate is nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes. It is one of the last great Irish Castle Estates, which is still in the hands of its founding family.

Contact: info@castleleslie.com


Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Location: The Island, Ballinakill, Co. Waterford.
Capacity: Castle dining rooms hold 130 guests; grounds and gardens offer marquee events.
Accommodation: The Castle has 19 bedrooms, while the island's Garden Lodges have a further 135 bedrooms.
Features: Offers Ireland’s only 16th century castle on a private island, which offers an exclusive castle wedding venue, with beautiful surroundings, privacy, luxurious accommodation, award-winning dining and service. Drive onto the private car ferry crossing The King’s Channel to a 310 acre private island, travel the beech-lined drive to the magical setting of the 16th century castle.

Contact: weddings@waterfordcastleresort.com


Huntington Castle
Co. Carlow
Capacity: Up to 100 in castle and courtyard barn; the marquee can accommodate 100 plus.
Accommodation: Up to 16 people.
Features: Original 17th Century Castle still in same family ownership with beautiful gardens, including 500-year-old yew walk.
Fact about your venue: We have a temple to an Egyptian Goddess in the basement!

Contact: info@huntingtoncastle.com


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