Few Irish wedding venues can boast 800 years of party-throwing history, 180 acres of beautiful estate grounds, and €35 million worth of renovations, but these impressive numbers are just part of what makes Kilkea Castle unique. There's also the otherworldly romance of hosting your wedding at a castle dating from 1180, and the luxury of having a dedicated wedding team working with you from your first visit to your last dance. And if you're looking for a venue that your guests probably won't have visited for another wedding, Kilkea Castle is a great shout - not only was it out of action between the late noughties and 2018, but since the renovation, it's looking more gorgeous than it has in eight centuries!
Located in the rolling Kildare countryside, less than an hour from Dublin, Kilkea Castle is the kind of wedding venue that prioritises the ease of its couples, which is exactly what we like to hear! Kilkea has a one-wedding-per-day policy, and it can be exclusively yours for your wedding. Whatever kind of celebration you've got in mind, the team will tailor their packages to create a truly bespoke bash for you, your partner and your guests. Of course, it helps that wedding must-haves like chiavari chairs and the all-important bar extension are on the house! Most importantly, your guests will feel welcome and taken care of, from the moment they travel up the tree-lined avenue.
Whether you're looking for a more intimate wedding venue or one for a larger event, Kilkea has everything covered. There are no less than nine event spaces at Kilkea Castle, and that's not even including your options for outdoor ceremonies, which can take place on the lawn or in the rose garden, with the majestic castle as your backdrop! Your options for reception dinners (detailed below) range from the intimate and opulent (Restaurant 1180) to the chic and dramatic (Baronial Hall), while the castle itself is home to lots of cosy nooks and crannies, including a stunning drawing room and even a welcoming pub called The Keep. The expansive estate is simply made for exploring, and boasts lots of idyllic locations for your wedding portrait session, too.
The reception spaces at Kilkea Castle include:
- Baronial Hall, catering for up to 270 guests
- Restaurant 1180, catering for up to 50 guests
Kilkea Castle is home to 140 beautiful bedrooms, which, for most couples, means that all of their guests will be able to stay on site, all of them in the height of luxury. The castle is home to jaw-dropping suites, including the FitzGerald Suite, which is located in in the round tower, and boasts a free-standing bath and 360° views of the estate. There's also the beautiful Willow Lodge, a two-bedroomed Bridal Lodge with makeup room for the bride staying on site the night before wedding. The Carriage Room bedrooms are rustic, modern and oh-so-comfortable, boasting marble bathrooms, and including wheelchair accessible and interconnecting rooms, while the chic Lodges overlooking the golf course feature self-catering houses and individual bedrooms. The accommodation options are as follows:
- 11 Castle Bedrooms
- 30 Carriage Room Bedrooms
- 89 Lodge Bedrooms
The food at Kilkea Castle is defined by two things; incredible flavours and elegant presentation. Specialising in restaurant-quality, Irish cuisine with the occasional flash of international influence, the kitchen team at Kilkea Castle have some truly mouth-watering dishes in their repertoire, including Duck and Foie Gras Terrine, Fillet of Beef with Wild Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce, and Spinach and Toons Bridge Ricotta Ravioli. Along with a three-to-five course wedding feast, they can arrange hor d'oeuvres, cheese and charcuterie boards, evening bites and signature cocktails for the big day. The chef is happy to tailor a menu to your needs, but it's worth having a look at some samples to get the ideas flowing - you'll find one here.
Kilkea Castle has an amazing array of amenities on site to cater to every guest's idea of relaxation. Whether it's indulging in the spa, enjoying a round of golf on their 18-hole championship course, getting competitive on the tennis courts or discovering the local area's hidden treasures. The Spa features tranquil treatment and relaxation rooms, a thermal suite as well as on-site hairdressers and makeup artists. If you're thinking a little further outside of the box, the team can certainly rise to this challenge! From private falconry shows to boat tours on the River Barrow, to visits to nearby 19th Century Irish pub The Moone High Cross Inn, the opportunities really are endless. For a more relaxed Day Two bash, you can choose between a picnic on the estate, or a BBQ in the private garden, both of which the team at Kilkea Castle can help you organise.
The sheer romance of the venue - you'll feel like a character from your favourite period drama from the moment you arrive.
The best way to get the full Kilkea Castle experience is to book a private wedding consulation at the venue. To do this, you simply get in contact with the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, phoning 059 9145600 or filling out this handy form. For a more detailed look at their packages, and information on their prices, you should have a look at their wedding brochure, which is available to view here!
Like what you see? Visit Kilkea Castle online at kilkeacastle.ie to learn more about this beautiful venue.