Picture the scene: as evening falls over the battlements, a fire in the grand ballroom crackles into life. After a busy day of workshops and presentations, a walk along Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile and a tour of a legendary Irish battlefield beckons. Gather for a feast in an historic banquet room, where delegates can mingle, absorb the regal atmosphere and soak up every minute of an unforgettable meeting in Ireland.
Kilkenny Castle, Co. Kilkenny
While Ireland offers numerous state-of-the-art convention centres and modern conference venues, there’s another extraordinary side to the Irish MICE industry. Ancient castles and historic estates adorn the countryside, with many available as unique event venues. Make your meeting or conference an inspiring event by choosing one of Ireland’s landmark castles as your stage.
Dublin Castle’s colourful past includes a historic visit by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the inauguration ceremonies of a long line of Irish presidents. Where better to host a regal conference in the Irish capital? With purpose-built conference and dining facilities, Dublin Castle is one of Ireland’s most historic landmarks, sure to make MICE participants feel like VIPs.
With gardens so spectacular they were voted the third best in the world by National Geographic, this famous estate has much to offer clients. Around 30 minutes south of Dublin City in the Wicklow Mountains, Powerscourt Estate features a palatial house (perfect for meetings with a view) and two stunning golf courses, tailor-made for networking opportunities.
Castle Leslie Estate
Nestled in the rolling hills of Monaghan, this family-run estate is a tranquil haven just over an hour from Dublin Airport. Run by the Leslie family, the luxurious 16th century castle hotel is surrounded by glorious woodlands and lakes — the perfect setting for engaging team-building adventures.
This 13th century gem in Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile was sold to the people of Kilkenny for just £50 in 1967 by the 6th Marquess of Ormonde, ending centuries of family ownership. Host your meetings in the Parade Tower Wing and plan a glamorous evening drinks reception in the Long Gallery.
Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Down has one of the world’s best golf courses, The Royal County Down, on its doorstep. A beautiful Victorian hotel boasts excellent conference facilities to ensure your delegates make the most of their meetings; afterwards, they can unwind at one of Northern Ireland’s finest spas.
Blarney Castle & Gardens
The almost 600-year-old Blarney Castle is home to the world-famous Blarney Stone and stunning parklands, all just 8km from Cork City. The estate is not only purpose-built for gala dinners and unique meetings, but offers team-building activities in a truly spectacular venue.
As one of Ireland’s most famous castles, Bunratty in Clare offers delegates a truly magnificent medieval experience. Excellent conference facilities are available, but the unique heritage of the landmark venue allows delegates to explore Ireland as it was in medieval times. Discover the Bunratty Folk Park and Gardens and indulge at the world-famous Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet for an experience that’s impossible to forget.
Built in 1228, Ashford Castle is a five star hotel with an award-winning spa. Treat MICE participants to a luxury experience in beautiful Mayo, Part of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal resort. Serviced by Ireland West Airport in Knock, this legendary location excels at hosting truly royal events.
Host an unforgettable gala dinner at the Barberstown Castle Medieval Banquet, complete with immersive character storytelling. This 13th century four star venue offers town and country programmes in the heart of Kildare, alongside high quality conference and meeting facilities.
Get in touch
Ireland’s castles are ready and waiting to stage your memorable event, with expert event teams on hand from start to finish. To start planning your royal Irish meeting, contact the Meet In Ireland Team for support and assistance.