Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Estate

Co. Clare, Galway, Connemara and the West, Ireland

At a Glance

  • One of Ireland’s finest historic castle hotels

  • Impeccable service in the grandest of surroundings

  • Fabulous range of activities for families and couples

  • Ideally placed for exploring the natural and archaeological treasures of the Burren

  • Conveniently close to Shannon Airport

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Experience a taste of ancient royal Ireland with a lesson in falconry - the sport of Kings.

Pull on some wellies and get stuck into a good walk on the grounds of the estate

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Dromoland Castle in southern County Clare is a lavish castle hotel offering the chance to live like an Irish High King. Flawless service, sumptuous food and a wealth of family-friendly activities make Dromoland a wonderful splurge in the west of Ireland.

One of Ireland's finest hotels, Dromoland Castle is simply stunning, and offers you the chance to live like royalty while your every whim is catered to. Originally constructed in around 1550 and re-built in Gothic Revival style in 1835, Dromoland Castle was once the seat of the O’Brien clan who can trace their lineage back to Brian Boru, the last great High King of Ireland. Dromoland Castle is set within a fabulous private estate outside Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare, conveniently close to both Shannon Airport and some of the West of Ireland’s most magnificent natural attractions.

Blending old-world elegance and uncommon comfort, Dromoland offers the utmost in luxury, with a complete range of facilities, activities and services. Reminders of Dromoland's rich history can be found throughout the castle, from its priceless antiques and carvings to original fine artwork and damask tapestries.

Each of the 99 superbly appointed rooms have been individually decorated with meticulous detail, including Louis XV furnishings, floral fabrics and eighteenth-century botanical drawings, and all have magical views over either the sixteenth-century stone courtyard, a herb garden or across the wooded demesne down to the lake.

As you might expect, service at Dromoland is absolutely flawless, and the dining is similarly top notch. The award-winning signature restaurant, the Earl of Thomond, is one of Ireland’s finest, and head chef David McCann serves up fabulous local seafood and meat in lavish surroundings while a harpist soothingly plucks the strings. For something less formal, head to the Fig Tree and enjoy lighter dishes in its country club atmosphere. The candlelit library with its gently burning log fire is an inviting place for an after-dinner drink.

As a base for exploring the West of Ireland, Dromoland is ideally located, close to the geological wonders of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, and the cities of Galway and Limerick are both within easy striking distance. But there are so many activities available on the estate that you may well be tempted not to leave. Sporting pursuits range from fishing, horse riding and archery and clay pigeon shooting to an 18-hole golf course and academy as well as tennis and cycling.

Children are well catered for, too, with a kids’ club available during the summer months and over holidays, and special children’s menus and milk and cookies offered. One of the most exciting and memorable experiences available at Dromoland Castle is the chance to learn about the ancient art of falconry, an activity that will bring you fittingly closer to the pursuits of the noble High Kings of Ireland.

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There are two rooms types at Dromoland Castle Hotel, 28 Queen Anne Rooms and a selection of Deluxe Rooms. The castle also features larger and supremely elegant staterooms and suites. Accommodation in some parts of the castle is located within walls almost a century older than any other 5-star hotel in Ireland. All rooms are a pleasing blend of contemporary and classical and feature Nespresso Coffee machines, mini bars, slipper and bathrobes, TV and internet access. King size bed can also be converted to twin beds if needed.

Queen Anne

These rooms are located in a quadrangle built in a part of the castle built in 1736. A mixture of layouts and sizes (approx 82.3sqm), these rooms are still in keeping with the heritage of the property but are furnished in a contemporary and bespoke manner.

Deluxe Rooms

These rooms are located throughout the castle with views of the lake and gardens. Deluxe Rooms are individually decorated with old and new furnishings. The average size is 396sq ft.

Staterooms & Suites

Located off the main and Shakespeare Galleries and each is unique in its design and furnishings. The bathrooms are exquisite and feature marble and painted furniture. These options begin at 520sq ft.


Dromoland Castle welcomes younger guests and aims for the castle to be as child friendly as possible, including many activities appealing to all ages. There is also a kids' club during mid term breaks and other holidays. Luxury cookies and milk are provided at bedtime for little guests and babysitting can be arranged 24 hours in advance.


Dine in the luxurious and award winning Earl of Thomond Restaurant for a real treat, or the more informal Fig Tree Restaurant serving food from midday to late evening. The cocktail bar at Dromoland has magnificent views of the lakes of County Clare. For a light afternoon option the Drawing Room plays host to afternoon tea and picnic baskets can be made up to take out with you. Other facilities at the hotel include the Dromoland Golf and Country Club where guests can play on an 18-hole course and enjoy a light afternoon snack. There is also an intimate spa with six treatment rooms, outdoor (gazebo covered) hydro pool.


There are 450 acres of parkland at Dromoland Castle featuring well-maintained gardens by Andre Le Notre and the nearby Loch and namesake of the castle is great for trout fishing. There is much for all to enjoy on the estate from falconry, archery, boating and clay pigeon shooting to tennis, walking, mountain biking and an 18-hole championship golf course.



Milly Walker (Staff)

Beautiful castle hotel with an abundance of activities to keep you busy. Championship golf course to while away some time or completely relax in the spa. Drawing rooms to enjoy some afternoon tea and the bar with a view to have a pre dinner drink.


Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)

Amazing castle hotel, lots of history and beautifully decorated. Stunning estate with great walks and loads of activities. Lots of rooms have been recently renovated and more are set to be so more and more high spec and all are very good sizes. Service could be a little better though staff are charming.


  • Clay Shooting & Archery

    Experience this Irish tradition, followed by kings and lords for centuries. Test your skill against a bolting rabbit, springing teal or wily woodcock. Or aim for the bull's eye on an archery target.

  • Cliffs of Moher

    Soaring over 700 feet, the Cliffs of Moher are a magnificent 8-kilometre stretch of sea cliffs along the Atlantic coast of Clare. Wonderful views and fabulous seabird colonies make the Cliffs of Moher a must-see natural attraction in the west of Ireland.

  • Private Walking Tour of the Burren

    The Burren landscape, with its unusual limestone rock formations, fascinating prehistoric archaeology and renowned flora and fauna, provides a spectacular terrain for a guided walk. Explore its secrets on a half-day walking tour with your private guide.

  • Sea Kayaking

    Enjoy a sea kayaking adventure as you enjoy the beautiful Irish coastline , navigating sheltered waters to hidden coves. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as puffins or seals whilst listening to the calming lap of the ocean.

  • The Aran Islands

    Situated off Ireland’s west coast, the Aran Islands offer spectacular limestone pavements, awesome coastal scenery and a traditional way of life that is still very much alive. A day trip or an overnight stay will live with you long after you’ve returned.

  • Working Sheep Dog demonstration

    Experience a key part of Ireland’s farming culture as you travel to the atmospheric Caherconnell Stone Fort on the Burren to watch a sheep dog demonstration.

Location & directions

Co. Clare, Galway, Connemara and the West, Ireland

Dromoland Castle is located outside the town of Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare in the west of Ireland.

How to get there

Fly to Shannon Airport, from where Dromoland Castle is 8 miles or approximately 20 minutes away.

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