Dromoland Castle

Newmarket-on-Fergus, Clare
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Dromoland Castle
Newmarket-on-Fergus, Clare

Dromoland Castle: Clare

Dromoland Castle is a luxury 5-star castle hotel in County Clare built in the 16th Century on the west coast of Ireland. The hotel overlooks its own Championship Golf Course and a glistening lake with panoramic views.

Seamlessly blending Old-World elegance with contemporary luxuries, Dromoland Castle has a tradition of delivering impeccable, unobtrusive service. Key features include a Health Spa, fine dining and a championship golf course.


The ideal base from which to explore the vibrant cities of Limerick and Galway; the magical Shannon region and Ireland's rugged West Coast. Dromoland Castle is just 15 minutes from Shannon International Airport, and within easy reach of the wonderful Wild Atlantic
Way, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Burren.


  • Signature Suites
  • 24 Hour Room/Butler Service
  • Golf Course
  • Super Conference (over 400 guests)
  • Signature Spa
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • Wedding and Events
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Garden / Patio / Balcony
  • Parking
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  • Corporate Features
  • 5 Star Wedding Venue
  • Championship Golf Course
  • Spa & Indoor heated pool
  • Lake and Fishing
  • Horse Riding
  • Award Winning Venue
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September 2021
Only one word really- amazing! Fantastic building with really comfortable spacious rooms, comfortable beds. Excellent grounds to explore, Excellent pool and gym facilities. Good food. Amazingly helpful staff. Overall a wonderful experience.
Kay kelly
June 2021
Fab hotel luxury all the way .Everything was top class room food staff .A special thank you to Paudie who was so helpful n looked after us so well.It was much appreciated.Thanks to John (porter ).Aoife ( reception )n Manon ( Bar) who were very efficient.All staff were lovely .Loved everything about this hotel from when you drive in through grounds you will feel special.Thanks to everyone .
Niamh O
April 2021
Absolutely Amazing. Stayed in Dromoland Castle for a very special birthday recent and it exceeded all expectations. From the moment we pulled up in the car we were treated like royalty for 24 hours. The hotel is amazing, we got an upgrade to an unreal room which was a total surprise and absolutely incredible. We had lunch and dinner in the hotel with drinks everything was top notch. I could not fault one thing. The staff are so attentive and friendly and are doing a super job. The ground are kept immaculate and you can wonder around at your leisure. We spent a couple of hours in the leisure centre the following day to top off the most perfect birthday treat Ive ever had and we most definitely will be returning. I could not recommend this hotel any more highly. Way more than 5 stars
January 2021
Christmas and New Year's at Dromoland Castle
Extraordinary service in an enchanting setting. Nothing short of A+ on all counts. The friendliness, thoughtfulness and efficiency of the staff and management is unparalleled. An amazing setting any time of the year but especially delightful during the holidays!
Dee Cleary
February 2020

What a disappointment! I was really looking forward to visiting this beautiful castle & grounds but I felt like I had been catapulted back in time to the days of lords, ladies & their servants (the latter my friend & I). As we headed to the bar for lunch we were "escorted" by one of the castle staff. I felt all but frisked as we walked along & felt very unwelcome. Dromoland Castle & grounds are very beautiful but the overall atmosphere is of guests who have serious notions of grandeur. I have since found out that this hotel is a supporter of animal hunting which is so abhorrent to me & reinforces my overall impression of this hotel. My advice stay away.
tom m
October - 2019

Romantic break away, lovely grounds to explore, choice of restaurants and amazing walled garden. Gardener most helpful, we look forward to returning when orchard phase is complete. Tara in fig tree restaurant very warm. Caroline at reservations most helpful and Kerry in the spa very accommodating!
October - 2019
Highly Recommend
Everything about this hotel from the accommodations, service and location are excellent! Convenient location to the Shannon airport and Cliffs of Moher. Highly recommend! Wish we had more time to explore the beautiful grounds and amenities. Luxurious stay and the best sleep we had the entire trip!
October - 2019
"Overall extraordinary experience"
The hotel and the people who work there are lovely. It truly is a castle! Our stay is a happy special memory for my family. We wish we could have stayed longer because there was so much to see and do on the grounds.
October 2019
Heard about the fantastic Tea experience at this castle and was quite taken with the descriptions. Tried an online reservation - which seemed a bit complicated as there was no clear conclusion (so I thought it just had not gone through). But - I was delighted to get an email the next day confirming our visit (apparently, there was a major corporation conference taking place concurrently so that might have been a factor). The castle and grounds are immaculate - such an impressive venue. Our tea was set in a separate, lovely drawing room as the corporate conference was in the Earl of Thomond room usually used. Exquisite Wedgewood china and table setting highlighted the dizzying array of treats. The tea was wonderful, the two attendants were courteous and professional, the atmosphere was enticing. Sorry to say that my husband nearly fell asleep - but that was a good thing! We felt so comfortable! Yes, it was expensive - but absolutely memorable!
May - 2019
My wife and I stayed for three nights in May 2019. This was at least our 21st visit to Dromoland; perhaps even more. As always, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We have stayed in many luxury properties in Ireland including Adare Manor and Ashford Castle, however I truly believe that Dromoland Castle Hotel is the finest property in the country.

Obviously, Dromoland Castle is a gorgeous hotel surrounded by 450 acres of sheer beauty. However, one of the best things about staying at Dromoland is the wonderful staff led by General Manager Mark Nolan. Upon arrival the porters are so welcoming and that really sets a very positive tone for the entire stay. They all possess wonderful personalities and their humor is always on full display. They also tell some delightful stories. Additionally, they are very helpful be it transporting your luggage or parking your car. The Reception staff is top notch all the way; always willing to assist in any way possible. All employees we have encountered during our many visits have been genuinely nice and extremely competent. There is nothing they would not do for their guests.

You have many dining options at the Castle and whatever venue you choose all are fantastic. If you are looking for sheer elegance and formality one can dine at the Earl of Thomond Restaurant. The ambience and fare are truly wonderful. The Executive Chef is super talented. I would remind gentlemen that a jacket is required in the formal dining room. We opted to dine at the Fig Tree Restaurant located near the golf clubhouse this trip. We dined there twice and both meals were delicious. The wait staff were fabulous as well. It is less formal; however, the food is great. We ordered steaks, burgers, and roast beef that were delicious. One can also dine at The Gallery (pub) and eat right outside of the bar in the massive hallway. The food quality is awesome; not your traditional pub food. We always have high dining expectations and have never been disappointed in any of the venues. Breakfast is a great event that I look forward to every morning. The menu is quite diverse so finding something you like will definitely not be a problem. I generally go with the traditional Irish fare; however, my wife samples different items such as porridge or French toast, etc. The food is all excellent and is locally sourced. The breakfast area is led by a truly wonderful person named Pauline. She is extremely competent and genuinely nice. The wait staff are tremendous as well.

On a side note, it was our pleasure to see Tony Frisby who was formerly the dining room manager. Tony recently retired after nearly 30-years of service. He now greets guests on occasion. We look forward to seeing Tony on each visit. He is the consummate professional and gentlemen.

Another aside - Dromoland just opened a lovely woollen mills shop on the property. The merchandise is top of the line (of course) and the prices are quite reasonable.

We always enjoy having a drink at The Gallery. The product offerings are top notch. I believe Frank is the manager and he is a wonderful engaging man. He even sings some old Sinatra songs every once in a while. Live entertainment is provided most evenings and just adds to the overall great experience. The musicians are very talented, including notable singer Kate Purcell.

Our room was nice, equipped with all of the modern amenities (of course). General Manager Nolan always takes good care of us. Of course, all of the rooms are fabulous and some have personalities of their own. Dromoland recently completed a multi-million euro renovation and the entire property is gorgeous.

There is a myriad of outdoor activities one can avail themselves of including a professional golf course; fishing; clay shooting; falconry; and pony trap & ride; etc. I believe equestrian activities are near the estate and the proprietors will even come to the hotel and pick you up. If you prefer not to explore the expansive estate on foot bicycles and golf carts are available for your use.

Dromoland is located strategically so one can explore the Burren; Cliffs of Moher; Aran Islands; visit Bunratty Castle and perhaps even participate in the really enjoyable Medieval Banquet. We have participated in all of the aforementioned and really enjoyed ourselves. Bunratty Woollen Mills is directly across from the Bunratty Castle and is a great place to pick up some quality merchandise. Durty Nelly's is also in the area and is a great place to have a pint of Guinness and partake in some lunch. The atmosphere is charming and is a lot of fun. When time permits we have also taken day excursions to Doonbeg, Lahinch, Lisdoonvarna, Kilrush, Kilkee, Doolin, Ennis, and other locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Dromoland also has a first-class Spa. My wife has participated in a few sessions with the professionals and loved every minute of it. If interested book well in advance.

Dromoland Castle is a short distance from Shannon Airport; approximately 14-minutes or 10 kilometers. Procuring a rental car at the airport is painless as well. We normally return our rental car one day prior to leaving Ireland and take a taxi back to Dromoland. The taxi will pick us up the next morning and drive us to Shannon Airport for our departure back to the USA. This works well and allows one to focus only on the air travel.

To recap - we highly recommend a stay at Dromoland Castle. I assure you it will be an experience you will cherish forever. The property is truly exceptional. However, the best part of each stay for us is interacting with the wonderful staff. It is an absolute delight! We will be returning in October (hopefully) for a two-night stay and can't wait!
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