The best castle hotelsLive like royalty with a truly special getaway
Is there any higher luxury than waking up within the walls of a historic castle? Featuring four-poster beds, lofty turrets and enchanting grounds, here’s our pick of the best castle hotels in the UK and Ireland.
Amberley Castle, West Sussex
Experience 900 years of history in the idyllic Sussex countryside with a stay at Amberley Castle. Enclosed by a 60-foot wall and a magnificent portcullis, this enchanting hotel boasts bedrooms that are resplendent with luxury furnishings.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo
Dating from 1228, Ashford Castle is exceptional in every sense. Set on a 350-acre estate with landscaped gardens, ancient woodland and an emerald lake, the hotel offers an extensive range of both indoor and outdoor leisure pursuits.
Crossbasket Castle, South Lanarkshire
This stunning 17th-century castle features nine breathtaking en-suite bedrooms which strike the perfect balance between traditional character and modern furnishings. The hotel’s elegant restaurant, the Baillie Room, is overseen by Michel Roux Jr.
Dalhousie Castle and Aqueous Spa, Edinburgh
Just eight miles from Edinburgh, this ancient fortress stands in eleven acres of private parkland. Try your hand at falconry and archery, enjoy a treatment or two in the superb spa, and dine at the atmospheric Dungeon restaurant.
Dromoland Castle Hotel, County Clare
Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. Enjoy a world of historic grandeur underpinned by the finest modern comforts, with an intimate spa, world-class golf course and a host of delicious dining options.
Glenapp Castle, South Ayrshire
Complete with towers and turrets, Glenapp Castle encapsulates the romance of the Scottish Baronial style. Step inside to discover a world of Victorian splendour with real attention to detail, before exploring the incredible 36-acre grounds.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Fort William
This impressive castle sits amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery, overlooking its own loch and with Ben Nevis as a backdrop. Experience the luxury of the Castle’s rooms and suites, or enjoy the privacy of the Gate Lodge for a more self-contained option.
Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, County Roscommon
Located on the shores of Lough Meelagh, guests are welcomed to Kilronan Castle through a magnificent set of medieval gates. Inside, the sophisticated tradition of the past meets the luxurious comfort of present day, with four-poster beds, antique furniture and more.
Langley Castle Hotel, Northumberland
Experience true authenticity at this fantastic 14th-century castle. There are nine rooms within the main Castle itself – some boasting private features including saunas and spa baths – and a further 18 rooms at CastleView, all of which offer fabulous views.
Lumley Castle Hotel, County Durham
Lumley Castle has dominated the County Durham landscape for the past 600 years. Soak up the Castle’s real sense of theatre and enjoy an elegant afternoon tea, or perhaps a feast at one of the famous banquets.
Star Castle Hotel, St Mary’s
Built in the striking shape of an eight-pointed star, this 16th-century castle boasts both traditional castle accommodation and spacious country cottage garden accommodation within its four acres of secluded gardens.
Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Club, County Waterford
This spellbinding castle dates back to the Norman times and is located on its very own private island. Enjoy the best of Irish hospitality in beautiful surroundings – with just 19 bedrooms in the Castle itself, Waterford Castle Hotel is the perfect place for an intimate getaway.