Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
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Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort  
Resort in Waterford  
Excellent 9.2
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Waterford Castle Hotel boasts a long history since it was first built during the 15th century. Situated on a private island, the castle largely maintains its initial splendour and grandeur, as guests can admire the carved stone and wood paneled Hall as well as the original tapestries. The decoration of the 19 elegant bedrooms reflects the atmosphere of the castle as it used to be some hundred years ago, offering gracious yet modern comforts and making it ideal for a romantic stay or a lavish wedding ceremony.
 
Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort
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Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort  
Resort in Adare  
Excellent 9.3
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The Neo-Gothic property was an original castle up until 1720, when it was renovated into a Georgian manor house, rivaling the splendour of the French châteaux. Stroll around 840 acres of pristine land or practice your swings on the golf courses. The hotel also gives you exciting activities to distract you from your busy life; try out horse riding through the country sides like the olden days, experience the thrill of the hunt in game shooting, or hone your hand-to-eye coordination with archery.
 
Lough Eske Castle
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Lough Eske Castle  
Hotel in Donegal  
Excellent 9.2
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The moment guests step into the Lough Eske Castle, it feels like they have been transported back in time, into an impressive Tudor-baronial castle. Elegantly refurbished in 2007 to create the modern comforts of a world class boutique hotel, the castle has managed to maintain its ancient roots and splendour, creating an unrivaled atmosphere that welcomes and amazes all guests. It used to be the ancestral seat of the 14th-century clans of Donegal, and after a rather turbulent history, the castle became the hotel that it is today.
 
Dromoland Castle Hotel
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Dromoland Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Dromoland  
Excellent 9.1
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Approached by a long drive that winds through acres of beautiful lawns, Dromoland Castle was at first home to the few families of Gaelic Royalty. The initial building was erected in the 15th century, while the building that stands there today was completed in 1835. It was originally built as a stronghold, but it was surrendered to King Henry VIII and was rebuilt shortly after. During the 1980s, the castle was purchased by American investors who renovated it extensively and turned it into the lavish castle hotel that it is today.
 
Ballyseede Castle
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Ballyseede Castle  
Hotel in Tralee  
Excellent 9.3
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Set in 30 acres of woodland, the castle has been beautifully transformed into a luxury hotel. It was originally built in 16th century and has been renovated over time. As guests walk in the front door, they are greeted with Doric-style columns as well as an elegant oak staircase, instantly creating an atmosphere of history and grandeur. The castle is also quite a popular destination for fairytale-like weddings and events, as well as a renowned romantic retreat.
 
Cabra Castle Hotel
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Cabra Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Kingscourt  
Excellent 9.1
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Initially built in 1699, the original castle's ruins can still be seen at the Wishing Well, near Cromwell's Bridge. Some historical accounts suggest that the castle belonged to the O'Reilly family until it was confiscated under Cromwell's orders in the 17th century. The castle was completely destroyed during the Cromwellian War. In 1813, Colonel James Pratt bought Cormy Castle and its 400 acres of land from Augustus Foster. He then moved "Cabra House" from the Wishing Well to the castle itself. In 1820, he renamed Cormy Castle to Cabra Castle. It was first turned into a hotel in 1964, featuring high ceilings, lavish staircases and historic hallways.
 
Clontarf Castle Hotel
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Clontarf Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Dublin  
Excellent 9.1
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In 1172, Hugh de Lacy built the Castle as an inner circle of defense sites protecting Dublin. With an expansive 900 year history, it was home to the Knights Templar of the Crusades and then to Knights Hospitaller in 1308. Close to the property is where the Battle of Clontarf happened in 1014, when the High King of Ireland drove the Norse-Irish Alliance and Viking forces out of Clontarf. The battle lasted from sunrise to sunset, but its impact on the Irish history lasts until today.
 
The Castle Country House B&B
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The Castle Country House B&B  
Bed & Breakfast in Thurles  
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The looming castle tower on the property was built in the 12th century. The furniture are original antiquities from Edwardian era, restored for the 21st century comfort. Guests can also enjoy tours provided by the hotel on a horseback along the Tipperary Hills. This award winning country house offers bed and breakfast packages with locally produced homemade cuisine. This castle hotel is highly rated by previous guests for its hospitality and comfort.
 
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
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Abbeyglen Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Clifden  
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John D’Arcy of Clifden Castle built Abbeyglen Castle in 1832, nestled in the romantic setting of the Twelve Bens overlooking Clifden Bay. It was later used as a Protestant orphanage for the Irish Church Mission Society in 1854. Apart from being surrounded by stunning landscapes and evoking an atmosphere of chivalry and romance by an era long gone, this castle hotel offers award-winning cuisines as well a wellness centre where all guests can relax and rejuvenate.
 
Lough Rynn Castle
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Lough Rynn Castle  
Hotel in Mohill  
Excellent 9.2
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This 19th century castle was the ancestral home of the wealthy Clements Family and the Earl of Leitrim. The Third Earl of Leitrim was particularly famous for his ruthlessness as a resident and a politician. After his bitter end, Colonel Henry Theophilus Clements took the helm and restored the castle. Until the 1970s, the Clements remained proud owners of Lough Rynn Castle. Today, it stands proud in 300 acres of lush land filled with natural beauty, offering the very best of Irish hospitality and history.
 
Carrigeen Castle
Carrigeen Castle  
Cahir  
Excellent 9.5
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Carrigeen Castle was erected in 1599. In 1690, the castle was further fortified to repel the Danish troops of William II. The space was turned into a temporary prison in 1809 and was expanded using the design of the committee's chosen architect, Michael Bernard Mullins. It was further expanded again in 1850, during the Great Famine. Today you can enjoy magnificent views of the mountains and the garden in traditionally designed rooms and surrounded by modern comforts.
 
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
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Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Dalkey  
Very Good 8.4
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The original castle, Mount Mapas was built back in 1740 by Colonel John Mapas, although some records show that a building stood there at a much earlier time. It was used by the Irish Republican Army and the Black and Tans during the Irish Civil War. This castle offers more than beautiful decors, it is the only castle hotel in Dublin with a Leisure Centre. Guests can relax at the whirlpool spa and Scandinavian wood sauna after dipping on the swimming pool and so combine the ultimate relaxing vacation with a destination steeped in history.
 
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Ballynahinch  
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The land was originally owned by the O'Flaherty Clan and the Lords of Connaught. In 1546 when Grace O'Malley was sixteen, she married Donal O’Flaherty. Their marriage united two of the most powerful families in the country. The castle of Ballynahinch was one of many castles they held. Grace O'Malley's legend is well known in history, she defied the English monarchy and was dubbed the "Queen". She thrived in a man's world, just like Queen Elizabeth I. In September 1593, the two met on equal terms as queen to queen. She was the first Gaelic woman to ever appear in court of an English monarch. For centuries, her story and skill was passed down in Irish folklore and poems.
 
Kinnitty Castle Hotel
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Kinnitty Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Kinnitty  
Excellent 8.8
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Dating back to 1209, Kinnitty is an impressive Gothic castle set within a stunning 650 acres of forests and parkland. The initial castle was destroyed and rebuilt in 1213 by the Normans. Its breathtaking location amidst the lush and gorgeous Irish countryside and its Castle Suites will certainly transfer guests back to the Medieval times, while its top-notch services will make them feel like true royalty. This luxurious and utterly romantic destination can cater to different private dining options thanks to the variety of elegantly designed rooms, be it romantic for 2 or an event for 200 people in the Great Hall.
 
Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa
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Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa  
Hotel in Ballyfarnon  
Excellent 9.1
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The castle was built in the early 19th century and belonged to Colonel King Tension. Its name has Gaelic roots, meaning "Ronan's Abbey", reminiscent of the nearby Ronan Abbey ruins and Ronan's Holy Well and his hallow stone that served to baptize his followers. The Tensions fought with the Irish Brigade in France on behalf of Bonnie Prince Charlie and were also involved in the Peninsula Wars in Portugal and Spain. The history continues with their presence at the Battle of Waterloo, the Boer War and so on. This castle boasts a long history with some of Ireland's most important historic milestones. If you want to step into the world of former royals and travel back in time while getting pampered all around, than Kilronan Castle is the ideal place for you.
 
The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate
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The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate  
Hotel in Glaslough  
Excellent 9.3
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The Castle was originally owned by the Leslie Family. Their ancestry can be traced back to Atilla the Hun. The first Leslie was a Hungarian Nobleman, he served as the chamberlain and protector of Margaret, the Queen of Scotland. He was known as the "Fighting Bishop" for defeating Cromwell forces in a battle. His son John, inherited the estate at the age of 26. Today, the castle is known for its elegance and beautifully designed rooms filled with antique furniture and heirlooms.
 
Killiane Castle Country House & Farm
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Killiane Castle Country House & Farm  
Wexford  
Excellent 9.6
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The castle was built in the 15th century. The 50ft high tower dates back to 1470, built by Thomas Hay, a descendant of Richard. In 1641, the owner, George Cheevers, was involved in the siege of Duncannon and the Confederation of Kilkenny. He was then dispossessed by Cromwell after the Sacking of Wexford. The castle was given to Cromwell's soldier, Colonel Bunbury, as payment of service. Guests are free to explore the Castle and its premises, enjoy the magnificent view atop the tower or go for an afternoon stroll around the farms.
 
Markree Castle
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Markree Castle  
Hotel in Sligo  
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Markree Castle was built around the 14th century. In 1663, Edward Cooper, who served under Cromwell when defeated by the O'Brien Clan, was given the castle. It became the ancestral seat of the Cooper Family for the following generations. The castle featured a private observatory, housing the largest telescope in the world in the 19th century. As one of Ireland's greatest houses, it was restored by Charles Cooper in 1989. After 10 generations of the Cooper Family, it was finally given to the Corscaddens, some Irish hoteliers in 2015.
 
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