Dromoland Castle Ireland:
For stars, world leaders, and
Everyday folks just like you...

Not only is Dromoland Castle Ireland one of the best hotel castles in the entire Western region...

Not only is it one of the best hotels the Emerald Isle has to offer...

Dromoland Castle is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world!


Dromoland Castle Ireland is the destination of choice for celebrities and heads of state from all over the world.

President George W. Bush paid a visit in 2004. Richard Harris, Robin Williams, Angelica Huston, and John Travolta are just a few more famous names that have been on the guest list of this castle in recent years.

The universal appeal of Dromoland Castle Ireland is how it perfectly balances the ultimate in luxury with the relaxing atmosphere sought after by vacationers regardless of social class.

Far from being elite and formal, according to the London Times Online, Dromoland Castle Ireland is "lavish yet unstuffy". You can enjoy informal fireside chats with your afternoon tea wearing a comfortable sweater and blue jeans.

Nestled in County Clare near the town of Newmarket-on-Fergus, the award-winning Dromoland Castle is one of the finest baronial castles in Ireland, dating all the way back to the 16th Century. This legendary castle is the ancestral home of the O'Brien Clan, direct descendants of Brian Boru who was the last High King of Ireland.

Dromoland Castle Ireland is the largest 5-star resort outside Dublin. Conveniently located only 8 miles from the Shannon Airport, the sprawling estate covers at least 375 acres of glorious parklands. It opened its doors as a full-service hotel in 1963.

Guests past and present marvel at the way the castle has the ability to sweep you away with its timeless decor. There are intricate wood and stone carvings, exquisite antique furnishings, rich panelling, and original oil paintings.

The Earl of Thurmond Gourmet Dining Room was awarded by the prestigious British travel writer, Egon Ronay, as the best restaurant in all of Ireland.

Outside there are beautifully maintained gardens and breathtaking grounds. Just a few of the world-class leisure activities available at the castle include an 18-hole Golf Course, a state-of-the-art health spa, tennis, horseback riding, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, hiking, biking, and fishing.


Dromoland Castle Ireland is the perfect blend of past and present. With all the old-world elegance, the castle still has plenty of modern conveniences.

The 75 spacious guest rooms and suites have all been recently refurbished and provide stunning views of the gardens, the lake, or the 16th century courtyard.

Each one is individually decorated with incredible attention to detail, including damask wallpaper, antique furnishings, and custom-designed carpets and drapes.

The Club Wing has 24 spacious rooms and includes exclusive perks. Guests of the Club Wing have their own private Club Lounge with a magnificent fireplace. They enjoy a breakfast buffet, full bar, hor d'oeuvres every night, after-dinner dessert and liqueurs every night.

Romantic cottages are also available inside Dromoland Castle Ireland. The Castle Keep cottage was built just for two, perfect for that once-in-a-lifetime fairytale romantic getaway!

The cottage has a private entrance leading to a huge entrance hall.

Guests of the cottage have their own living room, dining room, Jacuzzi, and a spacious master suite overlooking the castle's magnificent 17th century gardens. The entire cottage is full of antique furnishings, hand-carved panelling, art works, and custom-designed carpets and draperies.

Luxury does not come cheap, of course, and Dromoland Castle Ireland is no exception. But although the accommodations are quite expensive, there are discounted rates available during the wintery off-season. If you can fit it in your vacation budget, it is definitely worth the experience!

The best way for most of us to experience Dromoland Castle is either by booking a reservation during the off-season, or getting an Ireland vacation package that includes at least one night's stay at Dromoland. Being as famous and popular as it is, it is part of many economical Ireland vacation packages. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say about Dromoland Castle.

If you are dreaming of a Fantasy Ireland Castle Vacation, there is no better choice than an elegant and timeless, yet relaxing and "unstuffy"...then get cozy and pampered at Dromoland Castle.

Castle photos courtesy of My Guide Ireland

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