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Family Stays at a Luxurious Irish Castle

Lismore Castle is a luxury exclusive use castle, built by King John in 1185. It sleeps up to 27 guests and is perfect for family gatherings and celebrations.  


The gardens, laid out over eight acres within the 17th century outer defensive walls, are believed to be the oldest in Ireland and retain much of their original Jacobean form.


When you book a stay at Lismore Castle, it includes the following:

• Breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner each day;

• Floral arrangements in all rooms and on dining tables;

• Full laundry service;

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A History of Thornbury Castle including Henry VIII

Thornbury Castle hotel is located in South West England. It is the only Tudor Castle which operates as a castle hotel. With 27 individually designed bedchambers, in the Tudor style, it allows you to retrace the steps of King Henry VIII. How fascinating!


The castle has a history, which dates back over 500 years. The second floor of the great tower in the castle houses the Duke's bedchamber where Henry VIII slept; this room, accessed by a spiral staircase, has an octagonal chamber with fireplace and impressive views of the garden.


There is a secret panel, which was never finished, as Henry VIII beheaded Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham, for suspected treason.

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Sleep in ‘The Dungeon’ at Dairsie Castle, near Edinburgh

If you would like a castle break in Scotland for a family stay, with easy access to St Andrews, Edinburgh and the Highlands of Scotland, Dairsie Castle might just be the perfect historic location for you.


The first documented reference for Dairsie Castle goes back to 1160, then in the 14th century Bishop Lamberton rebuilt the castle, and in 1335 a Parliament of Scotland was held at the castle. One of the topics on the agenda was to decide on a strategy to meet the invasion of Edward III. 


The castle was rebuilt in the 16th century by the Learmonth family...this is starting to sound like a Medieval 'Grand Designs'; not sure what Kevin McCloud would have made of this! James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, then regent of Scotland, laid siege to the castle in 1575. King James VI of Scotland stayed at Dairsie Castle in 1583, following his escape from the Raid of Ruthven in June 1583. Dairsie Castle became a ruin in the 19th century, and here we go again...another rebuild in the 1990’s.

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Self-catering Vacation at a Beautiful Irish Castle in County Tipperary

Lisheen Castle is the ideal base for visiting Ireland’s top tourist attractions. Located just 2 hours' drive from Dublin and 1 hour 30 minutes from Cork, this Irish self-catering castle provides a great base for a touring holiday in Ireland.


Enhance your castle experience and discover:

The Cliffs of Moher 

Bru Boru 

Book of Kells 

Famine Museum 

Cashel Folk Village 

Racing at Thurles 

Bunratty Castle


The castle can currently offer weekly lets on the following dates:

23 to 30 April 2016

7 to 14 May 2016

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Driving Holidays in Ireland

Self-drive holidays in Ireland are a great way to get the know this beautiful country.


It's great when you stay at a relatively familiar place when you go on holiday, but the adventure only starts once you start exploring...


Places like the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands are just some examples of what Ireland has to offer, and we would be very happy to assist you with your accommodation to stay in a castle during your adventure.


We also offer a range of set Tour packages on our website that might be of interest to you, but it is always more fun to create your own!

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May Bank Holiday Discounts - Save £2500!

Walton Castle is a Grade II listed detached hill top castle with 360 degree views over North Somerset, the Bristol Channel and over to Wales. The castle has a secluded setting and is only 2 miles from the unspoilt Victorian seaside town of Clevedon, near Bristol. The main part of the accommodation is housed on 4 floors in an octagonal keep sitting in the centre of a stunning cobbled courtyard and private lawned area. Below the keep are several self-contained bedrooms located in the outlying turrets. The property is set in an acre of private grounds and is a unique choice for a special family celebrations or for week-ends away.

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Castle Vacations - England, Wales and Scotland

Take a self-drive vacation in Great Britain and enjoy sightseeing in England, Wales and Scotland. Go at your own pace, stay in a selection of castle hotels and enjoy a holiday to remember. 


This particular self-drive castle tour is just one of our suggested itineraries. It can also be tailored to your requirements, to create your dream vacation. Why take in one country, when you can visit three?


We've hand picked the most suitability-located castles to take in some great sights, including the historic city of Chester; Snowdonia - the highest mountain in Wales; the picturesque Lake District; Holy Island and Edinburgh - capital city of Scotland. There is plenty more to see en-route too.

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Great Value Scottish Borders Self-Catering Summer Break

This exceptional sixteenth century Scottish Castle has been lovingly renovated to accommodate up to ten overnight guests in authentic, relaxing and comfortable surroundings. Aikwood Tower, the former home of Lord Steele, is located just 40 miles south of Edinburgh. It is in the heart of the beautiful Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the days of Mary Queen of Scots. The stunning local landscape around Aikwood Tower offers some of the finest shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.



Are you looking for a great value self-catering Summer break this year? Perhaps we can help...

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Self-catering Accommodation in Scotland

If you're planning on heading to Scotland with the family this Summer, then why not take a look at Celtic Castles' self-catering accommodation?


With self-catering castle options dotted all over Scotland, from Fort William to the very tip of Banff, there's almost certainly going to be something to suit your needs!

Aikwood Tower


This exceptional sixteenth century Scottish castle has been lovingly renovated to accommodate up to ten overnight guests on a self-catering basis in authentic, relaxing and comfortable surroundings. Aikwood Tower, the former home of Lord Steele, is located just 40 miles south of Edinburgh. It is in the heart of the beautiful Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the days of Mary Queen of Scots. The stunning local landscape around Aikwood Tower offers some of the finest shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.

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Castle Stays for New Year in Edinburgh

Up to 150,000 people are expected to attend New Year celebrations in and around Edinburgh this year and, with Scotland’s New Year celebrations famous throughout the world, who can blame them? As Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh is always at the very centre of the proceedings.


If you would like to visit Edinburgh to celebrate Hogmanay AND take in some Scottish history at the same time, we’re happy to be able to offer a variety of New Year castle breaks.

Carlowrie Castle

On Edinburgh’s doorstep, Carlowrie Castle mixes contemporary modern luxury within a traditional setting. 


Offering exclusive use New Year accommodation, for up to 18 guests, for a minimum 3 night stay, Carlowrie offers the ideal opportunity to celebrate the New Year with friends and family, giving you chance to take the memories made home to share for many years to come.

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