Situated on the banks of the Boro River, which rises at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains in the heart of County Wexford, Wilton Castle is surrounded by open parkland and quiet wooded countryside. It has been a part of the local landscape since 1247, when the first fortified tower was built on the land. In more modern times it was transformed by architect Daniel Robertson in 1837 in the 'castellated' style, which was fashionable during that part of the 19th century. However, sadly on 7 March 1923, Wilton Castle was burned to the ground.
In the 1800s, the grounds were opened to the public, which prompted one observer in 1852 to write that 'not only are strangers permitted to walk over the grounds, but even their horses are cared for.' These times are long gone, but you can now enjoy the tranquillity and peacefulness of this wonderful part of Ireland within the new sumptuous interiors at Wilton once again, following the castle's transformation.
This beautiful castle, with its soaring chimney stacks and turreted towers, will draw you in and leave an imprint on your life.
Wilton Castle (well half of it!) has been lovingly restored from ruin in 1923 by its present owner and can now be enjoyed as a private self-catering accommodation, ideal for family holidays, weddings and celebrating those special occasions, like a significant birthday or event.
The castle's long and varied history and its association with some of County Wexford’s most esteemed families, including the De Denes, Furlongs, Butlers and Alcocks, are reflected in the castle's room names and their internal specification.
Wilton Castle will sleep up to 14 people very comfortably; although available on a self-catering (vacation rental) basis all year round, the castle can be booked for bed and breakfast accommodation too outside the peak holiday season. The property has four self-contained suites, all with their own kitchen and sitting rooms; this castle has a lot of space inside. These suites sleep, 2, 4 and 6 people for bed and breakfast accommodation, but also work very well for multi-family stays, offering self-contained space as well the communal areas for everyone to gather.
So if you are looking for a castle break in Ireland, Wilton Castle will not disappoint. Even during the peak season, this castle stay will cost less than €60 per person per day for a self-catered let (less than $70/ £49). This is a bargain for the quality it offers.
There is a lot to do in the area and every year Bree is part of the Irish downhill mountain bike series, as brave contestants take on nearby Bree Hill; not for the faint hearted I should add! Luckily, if you aren’t feeling brave enough for fast downhill mountain biking, there are lots of things to see and do in County Wexford...
Wexford Strawberry Festival at the end of June.
Hooked Kitesurfing & Sand Sculting Festival in the 3rd week in August.
Wexford Fringe Festival during the last 2 weeks of October.
Wexford Opera Festival at the end of October and start of November.
Entire castle (sleeping 14) on a self-catered let: €3,500 - €5,500 per week (weekend rate: €2,000 - €3,000).
Room rate prices start at €150 for 2 people (€400 for 6 people) in a suite.