Bride and Groom kiss under fireworks at Kilkea Castle

Kilkea Castle wedding


Happily Ever After at Kilkea Castle - a dream getaway wedding

Kilkea Castle in County Kildare is steeped in 700 years of irish history, and provides a unique and romantic backdrop for couples looking to tie the knot. It’s a wonderful choice for couples eloping to Ireland – the castle’s elegant architecture, ancient stone walls, and picturesque surroundings offer a sense of timelessness and grandeur that is hard to find elsewhere.

Bride and Groom share a kiss with Kilkea Castle in the background

Kaity and James on their wedding day, Photography by Elaine Barker

We were delighted to capture Kentucky couple Kaity and James’ winter wedding here last December. About 60 guests attended the celebration, the majority of whom travelled in from the states and we couldn’t really have asked for more of the weather at this time of year – a windy day but plenty of light and some wonderful irish castle wedding photography from Elaine Barker we have included here.

Wedding Ceremonies at Kilkea Castle

Indoor ceremonies take place in the 2nd floor Drawing Room or Baronial Hall for larger gatherings. In good weather the outdoor ceremony spaces are spectacular – choose from the Rose Garden and or on the main Lawn, both within the confines of the Castle walls. Kaity and James enjoyed a gorgeous spiritual ceremony in the Drawing Room, beautifully decorated and finished by Sharon from Frog Prince.

Bride and Groom smiling during their wedding ceremony in The Drawing Room at Kilkea Castle, Ireland

Kaity and James are married in the Drawing Room at Kilkea Castle. Photography by Elaine Barker

Wedding celebrations at Kilkea Castle

Kilkea Castle exhibits impressive versatility, as it is capable of accommodating both intimate weddings and elopements, as well as larger events with equal distinction.

The Castle itself hosts the main drinks reception which will also spill out onto the lawn when the weather is pleasant. After the dinner bell is rung guests make the short walk down the avenue to Baronial Hall where larger celebration meals are held underneath chandeliers and amidst ornate decor. It’s a grand and luxurious space with an atmosphere befitting the regal setting. Kilkea Castle provide silver Candelabras and Chiavari chairs with each setting. You’ll make full use of the bar extension

Table setting with candles lit for a wedding at Baronial Hall, Kilkea Castle

Table setting at Baronial Hall, Photography by Elaine Barker

Restaurant 1180 is a good choice for smaller celebration meals, catering for up to 60 guests. It overlooks the Rose Garden and the 18th hole on the golf course. As you would expect, the food here is fantastic – there are plenty of sample of menus on the Kilkea Castle website to give you an idea of what you might expect on your wedding day.

Staying at Kilkea Castle

Over the years the Castle has been renovated and expanded, and today it operates as a luxury hotel and resort, offering plenty of accommodations, dining, and various activities such as golf, archery, falconry, and horseback riding.

Kilkea Castle has the advantage of being able to accommodate and overnight even the most largest of weddings. There is an abundance of choice when it comes to choosing accommodation, where you will be able to chose from a block of 34 rooms at a preferential wedding rate.

Castle accommodation
11 bedrooms are available, each one is uniquely decorated.

Lodges at Kilkea
One, two and three bedroom lodges, with private outdoor space available to rent on site. Kaity got ready in one of the Lodges on the morning of her wedding. Plenty of space and just a short walk to the Castle for the ceremony.

Carriage Rooms
Family friendly accommodation, recently refurbished with many featuring interconnecting rooms. Great for groups at larger weddings here. Located in the main Castle courtyard.

Wedding party, Bride and Groom together outside the main entrance to Kilkea Castle

Wedding party outside the Castle at Kilkea, Photography by Elaine Barker

Where is Kilkea Castle?

Kilkea Castle is located in County Kildare and is only 1 hour by car from Dublin on the M9 Motorway. Getting here is incredible convenient. Fly into Dublin airport and rent a car directly from there. Or arrange a private collection through the Castle.