Grand, imposing and full of history, Ireland’s castles are an integral part of the country’s history and no trip to the island would be complete without a visit to at least one of them. If you’re staying in Dublin, one of the closest and most beautiful castles is Ardgillan Castle. Surrounded by lush green countryside and set in its own spectacular gardens, the castle makes a great day trip for visitors staying in Dublin’s hotels.
Located just 20 miles north of Dublin city centre, Ardgillan Castle is easy to reach by road, bus and rail from the capital.
Set right on the coast, the castle overlooks the Irish Sea and enjoys stunning views of the distant Mourne Mountains. Surrounded by a 200-acre park, the castle feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Dublin and makes a fantastic escape from the buzz of the city.
Built by the Reverend Robert Taylor in 1738, the house remained in the family until it was finally sold in 1962. In 1982 the estate was purchased by Fingal County Council and it was opened to the public in 1992.
Today, visitors travelling from Dublin can spend the day exploring the extensive gardens or admiring the beautiful architecture and design of the castle before heading back to the capital for an evening of culture and entertainment.
Hotels Near Ardgillan Castle
As the area around Ardgillan Castle is especially beautiful, it’s a popular destination for holidaymakers who want to experience rural Ireland as well as Dubliners looking for a weekend escape.
A choice of accommodation is available in the area close to Ardgillan Castle, with a variety of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs just a short drive from the attraction.
As Ardgillan Castle is within easy reach of Dublin Airport, it makes a fantastic day trip for visitors staying in airport hotels.
The Best Places to Stay for Family Breaks Near Ardgillan Castle
If you want to make your next family holiday just that little bit different, why not combine a trip to Dublin with a stay in one of the hotels close to Ardgillan Castle. Fantastic for kids of all ages, a trip to the castle makes a great introduction to Irish history and will help your children appreciate the unique culture and heritage of this incredibly country.
Though good transport links make it easy to travel back to your hotel in Dublin after a day spent exploring Ardgillan Castle, booking a room in a hotel nearby will help to make your trip more relaxing. Look out for hotels with family-friendly amenities and outdoor entertainment options if you want to give your kids a real treat.
Enjoy Ardgillan Castle
Whether you’re planning a rural break or you’re heading to the castle as a day trip from Dublin, a visit to Ardgillan Castle is guaranteed to be a highlight of your trip to Ireland. Take a look at available hotels on Expedia now and start planning your perfect Irish break.