Ireland, just like her neighbor across the English Channel the UK, is one of the European countries that boast hundreds of castles. In the era’s bygone, castles were used by the aristocrats as fortresses and ostentation property to show off their wealth. Today, most of the castles are museums or 5-star hotels. If you want to get insights into how the aristocrats of the old used to live in the Republic of Ireland, you will be spoilt for choice. However, below are some of the most popular castles to stay at.

5 Castles you can stay at in Ireland

Ireland, just like her neighbor across the English Channel the UK, is one of the European countries that boast hundreds of castles. In the era’s bygone, castles were used by the aristocrats as fortresses and ostentation property to show off their wealth. Today, most of the castles are museums or 5-star hotels. If you want to get insights into how the aristocrats of the old used to live in the Republic of Ireland, you will be spoilt for choice. However, below are some of the most popular castles to stay at.

1. Clontarf Castle

This castle dates as far back as1837. Amazingly, the site where this castle stands has had a castle since 1172. The castle has been recently modernized to suit the needs of modern tourists; however, it retains the original structure. A stay at this castle will help you relive the life of the Clontarf Aristocrat Edward Kingston Vernon. The castle is located in Dublin.

2. Kilronan Castle

Located on the shore of Lough Meelagh in County Roscommon, this castle boasts a 40-acre parkland that is ideal for a romantic evening stroll. The castle features a spa, the Hyde dining restaurant and a leisure club where you can play golf.

3. Ballyseede Castle

This castle is located on Ballyseedy Road in Tralee, County Kerry. With a history dating back to the 1590’s, 23- ensuite bedrooms, enchanting gardens, the Pappy's Bar, O'Connell Restaurant and the Stone Room Restaurant; guests will be treated like royalty that lived here in the yesteryears.

4. Ashford Castle

This is a medieval castle that was recently turned into a five star hotel. It is located on the Mayo/Galway border. It features George V dining rooms, conference rooms, health and beauty spas and many more leisure facilities. You can engage in lake cruising, fishing kayaking, golfing among other activities.

5. Dromoland Castle

This castle is nestled in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Claire County. The castle boasts seamlessly blending of Old-World elegance with contemporary luxuries. From the rolling gardens to gourmet dining, this castle takes care of its guests like royalty.

Of course there are other castles that you can stay in Ireland. The sample above represents the 'cream of the castles'.

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