Dreaming of an Irish Wedding? Here are 4 Idyllic Places for your Ireland Castle Elopement
“The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you.”Brendan Behan
While we imagine the famous Irish author likely wasn’t thinking of elopement when he wrote this charmingly accurate quote, we can’t deny that he wonderfully described the basics of every elopement package.
It’s the inborn Irish romanticism that we see flowing from his mind to the page (or our screens!) that permeates the entire island of Ireland. A certain knowledge of connection and the acceptance of the natural poetry of love – be it ecstatic, harrowing, or everywhere in between.
So, it’s no surprise that Ireland remains one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations. Within the popular destination are its even more popular and well-loved castles.
Spanning eight centuries and just as many counties, our list includes everything from iconic countryside estates to luxurious coastal hideaways. Check out these ideas for your Ireland castle elopement below!
Gorgeous Irish Castles to Elope to
Sitting just outside of Dublin city, you’ll find this world-famous 15th-century castle nestled within the grandeur of a 560-acre walled estate.
A popular destination for celebrity weddings, there’s a certain luxurious and exclusive edge to this venue that makes it ideal for intimate getaway elopements.
Despite its larger-than-life reputation, the castle has a quaint and idyllic “feel” that’s embellished with magnificent florals and mesmerizing décor. As well it’s small and wedding-friendly, with its Kentian Room being ideal for civil ceremonies (done in style.)
“We could not have selected a better venue to celebrate our wedding! The venue, the food, the landscape, the flowers, the ROOMS, interiors are meticulously designed and crafted with an unbelievable staff with a true 5-start service. Our friends and family are already planning our reunion” - TripAdvisor review of Luttrellstown Castle.
Looking to escape to the coast for your elopement? Catch a moment to yourself during your Clontarf castle wedding, and you might just hear the distant lapping of the Irish sea against the Irish coast. A fresh oceanic fragrance hangs in the crisp air. The best part? It’s only 5 miles from the airport and a walkable distance from Dublin city center. Our friends over a Celtic Castles also just happen to offer an elopement package for your ideal Irish to this stunning venue.
“We cannot rate Clontarf Castle highly enough. We hosted our wedding dinner here recently. Despite being a small, intimate wedding, all the staff made it feel like the most important dinner they have ever hosted.” - TripAdvisor review of Clontarf Castle.
Castle Leslie Estate
Finding itself within the rugged northern landscape of Ireland, this elopement location is truly one-of-a-kind. It’s not too well-known, but by those who know it – it’s loved. This sanctuary is like the entire island of Ireland contained within 1,000 acres. Glistening lakes are framed by mystical woodlands that punctuate the sprawling greenery that makes up this majestic landscape. In other words, you’ll never want to leave.
“The beautiful surrounding scenery speaks for itself, but it is worth highlighting the excellent staff, atmosphere, and food, which made our day truly magical. Many of our guests have come back to us to compliment the venue and the food, which was plentiful and of an excellent standard.” – TripAdvisor review of the Castle Leslie Estate.
A quick search of this wedding venue brings up mentions of the mystical, ethereal, and magical – and we can see why. The 12th-century Irish castle has an essence of the eternal about it. A calm river runs through the ground while elm trees lazily flow in the breeze. The castle itself is delightfully low-key but outstanding in photo opportunities, service, and all-around amenities.
“Kilkea Castle is the dream. When they say you can have a fairytale wedding, it is true. I had my wedding on the 22nd of July, and I really felt like I was in a fairytale and I was the Queen. All guests did not want to leave the castle.” - Review from the official Kilkea Castle website.
Stunning elopement locations and wedding venues aren’t hard to come by in Ireland, but there’s certainly something a touch more majestic, exquisite, and undeniably romantic by eloping to a castle. If you decide to elope to one of the Irish castles above – congratulations in advance – you’re guaranteed to have the intimate and memorable wedding of your dreams!
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