Ballyseede Castle

Tralee, County Kerry

Ballyseede Castle, one of the best-known castle hotels in Ireland, has a history dating back to the 1590s. Set in thirty acres of native woodland in the heart of Kerry, the castle has been wonderfully transformed into a luxurious hotel.

Kerry, in south-west Ireland, is one of the most popular destinations in the country. The castle is family-run with a very relaxing feel about it. Mr Higgins, the Irish Wolfhound, is always playful while his sidekick, Einstein, is usually up for some fun and loves catching stones!

Come and hear the stories, sample the fine cuisine, and enjoy the 'craic'!


Ballyseede Castle has 39 elegant rooms located over three floors, all within the original castle.  A number of rooms have four-poster beds.

Additional Accommodation
A two-minute walk from the main castle building, The Lodge is a newly built addition to the property. Located at the entrance of the estate, it offers a further five rooms and is the ideal place to relax with family and friends.


O'Connell Restaurant

The 2-star AA Rosette O’Connell Restaurant at Ballyseede Castle is renowned for serving beautiful food in magnificent surroundings, using Irish cuisine and the finest locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Accompany your meal with the finest wines - from the connoisseur to the tasty table wine, there is a bottle for every palate!

Stone Room Restaurant

Stone Room Restaurant is where breakfast is served in the castle each morning and is regularly used for small private functions.

Choose from locally-sourced produce, including eggs and bacon, Irish cheeses, pastries and meats. Select from a wide variety of fruits and juices from the buffet table.

Pappy's Bar

Pappy's Bar offers an all-day dining option, serving an extensive menu to cater for all tastes. Spend the evening in the relaxing company of others, gathered around the fire, listening to the 'Tall Tales of Tim', the barman.


Nearby Skellig Michael shot to fame in late-2017 after featuring heavily as Luke Skywalker's hideaway in Star Wars - The Last Jedi. Rising 714 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, the UNESCO World Heritage site served as a Gaelic Christian monastic settlement around the 6th - 8th century. Boat tours run to the island from late March to early October each year. You may not find any Porgs, but large colonies of puffins breed here.

Skellig Michael

Ballyseede Castle is ideally located for touring both the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, two of the most scenic areas in Ireland. Enjoy the breath-taking and ever-changing scenery around the Lakes of Killarney, the Macgillycuddy Reeks and the Atlantic shoreline.

Tralee’s Town Park covers some 80 acres and is located in the heart of the town, providing a quiet haven for residents and visitors alike to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The Rose Garden, with its many unusual varieties, receives widespread acclaim. The park also contains a modern children’s playground and pets’ corner.

There are eleven golf courses in the area. A particular favourite is at Ballybunion Golf Club, whose seaside location has resulted in some of the most formidable sand dunes in Ireland!


Ballyseede Castle offers a babysitting service, allowing guests with small children to relax and enjoy their visit. Children may be cared for in the privacy of their room, or entertained in the hotel, while the adults enjoy some time alone.

The castle has several family rooms, and children are welcome in the restaurant and the bar.


Ballyseede Castle is a large three-story block over a basement, with two curved bows on the entrance front and another bow at the south side and a battlemented parapet. Inside the impressive lobby, Doric columns lead to an elegant wooden bifurcating staircase of fine oak joinery, which is almost unique in Ireland.

In the Library Bar, there is a great carved oak chimney-piece over-mantle dated 1627. There is a splendid banqueting hall where feastings and entertainment were carried out in a grand manner.


Low SeasonPrice
Cosy Castle Doublefrom €115
Standard Castle Double/Twin Roomfrom €136
Superior Castle Roomfrom €173
Family Castle Roomfrom €227
Castle Suitefrom €250
Lodge Roomfrom €108
Mid SeasonPrice
Cosy Castle Doublefrom €136
Standard Castle Double/Twin Roomfrom €167
Superior Castle Roomfrom €204
Family Castle Roomfrom €239
Castle Suitefrom €275
Lodge Doublefrom €136
High SeasonPrice
Cosy Castle Doublefrom €174
Standard Castle Double/Twin Roomfrom €195
Superior Castle Roomfrom €231
Family Castle Roomfrom €267
Castle Suitefrom €350
Lodge Roomfrom €158

Low Season: January 2018 - March 2018 and November - December 2018
Mid Season: April 2018 and October 2018
High Season: May 2018 - September 2018

Rates are per room per night and include VAT and full Irish breakfast.

Additional beds can be added to certain rooms to accommodate an extra person, for which a supplement of €34 will be charged, inclusive of the extra guest's breakfast.


Ballyseede Castle is located in Kerry, south-west Ireland, 3 miles from the town of Tralee and 8 miles from Kerry airport. Dublin is 185 miles away (approx 3.5 hours by road).