When it comes to exceptional incentives and meetings, moments of magic are what elevate the great into the spectacular. A stay in a historic Irish castle — and some medieval-style team-building activities on the grounds — is a once-in-a lifetime experience for guests around the world.
The medieval architecture, rolling gardens and soaring ceilings of these spectacular landmarks not only offer a glimpse into Ireland's history, but also give attendees the chance to immerse themselves in the magic of Ireland. Guests can enjoy banquets fit for a king, dramatic gala dinners and nightcaps in old-style libraries — all the while availing of free Wi-Fi and modern business facilities.
While the global business tourism industry is currently paused in order to recover from the world health crisis, let our virtual tour of the castles of Ireland's Ancient East inspire you as you plan future events. And when travel restrictions ease and bookings resume, choosing a castle escape could be a particularly smart choice in our current climate.
Often nestled in isolated countryside away from populated cities, the settings provide quiet spaces in which to host MICE activities — while still being accessible and close to Ireland's main airports. Spacious rooms and expanisve grounds are ideal for events that remain influenced by health and safety measures.
Just 10 minutes outside Monaghan Town, Castle Leslie
is nestled in a 1000-acre estate and offers offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality. Widely regarded as one of the finest castle hotels on the whole island, it remains in the hands of its founding family. The Lodge
(Castle Leslie's social hub) comprises spa facilities and Victorian Treatment Rooms and brings locals and guests together.
Undulating Irish countryside, expansive woodland and enormous lakes surround the castle, offering the perfect opportunity for creative team-building activities like Blindfold Driving and the Castle Leslie Estate Adventure. Their sprawling estate provides an idyllic setting for outdoor adventures, including exploring the countryside on horseback or foot
, as well as fishing in one of Ireland's best-preserved lakes. The castle can accommodate everything from small private events to large meetings, catering for up to 280 delegates for gala dinner events and up to 260 guests in the Pavilion marquee.
Kinnity Castle Hotel
The high ceilings and lavish décor of Kinnity Castle
, not to mention 650 acres of parkland and rolling lawns, make it a spectacular MICE setting. The 13th century estate is a unique corporate event venue with an extensive range of team-building activities available, including quad bike racing and murder mystery games. In terms of facilities, Kinnity Castle’s Great Hall of the O'Carrolls can cater for up to 180 people — while seven unique banqueting facilities cater for groups from 2 up to 200.
Kinnity Castle Hotel
Location: County Kildare
Located in Ireland's Ancient East, only 1 hour from Dublin Airport by car, the mystical Kilkea Castle is surrounded by 180 acres of its own wonderful woodland and gardens, as well as a sprawling golf course. With a history dating back to the 12th century, Kilkea is one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland. With 140 bedrooms (including self-catering lodges and an 11-bedroom castle for private bookings), Kilkea Castle is the perfect venue for large-scale conferences and MICE activities — especially with their brand new Conference Centre, which boasts a private entrance and car park as well as a built-in multimedia system, large screens, projectors and breakout rooms.
Location: County Meath
Lying in the heart of the Boyne Valley, Slane Castle boasts a 1,500 acre estate and provides a very event-focused offering. The castle has a wealth of experience in hosting large-scale events, including conferences and corporate functions. They cater for varying sizes, from board meetings with 10 people to delicious banquets for up to 50 (catered by their in-house team) in their grand, high-ceilinged halls and ballrooms. Only a 30 minute drive from Dublin Airport by car means you can be lapping up luxury in no time.
Location: County Kilkenny
Located near Kilkenny City — also known as the medieval heart of Ireland — the 17th century Lyrath Estate comprises grounds that stretch across 170 acres of Irish countryside and encompass the state-of-the-art Kilkenny Convention Centre. The estate has 239 rooms, 12 meeting suites and can accommodate up to 1,500 delegates theatre-style, as well as catering for up to 850 guests. The grounds, which include lakes, gardens and woodland, also create the perfect setting for team-building activities.
Start planning now
As the world's business tourism industry takes a pause, why not start planning a future incentive experience around one of Ireland's majestic five star castles — the perfect remote setting for events influenced by health and safety measures — and all from the comfort of your armchair? Contact a member of the Meet in Ireland team today
to receive comprehensive advice and support as you prepare for your next event.