Barberstown Castle

The stomping ground of rockstars

Barberstown Castle Hotel

Only 30 minutes away from bustling Dublin is Barberstown Castle: a historic 13th-century castle turned four-star country house hotel. Our gorgeous structure is home to over 50 rooms and a variety of luxuriant lounge spaces, encased within a tranquil bed of trees and managed by friendly staff – it’s a true Irish idyll. As proud members of Ireland’s Blue Book and Historic Hotels of Europe, offering the finest in hospitality while preserving our property’s history are two of our top priorities. We just know you’ll enjoy your stay.
Richard Morgan
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Building: 1288

A treasure of East Ireland, Barberstown Castle was one of the first great Irish country houses to display its splendour to the outside world when it opened as a small guesthouse in 1971. Over eight centuries, it’s kept the spirit of its historic past alive across a variety of unique spaces, ranging from Victorian and Elizabethan extensions to an original mediaeval castle keep that dates back to 1288. This castle hotel was also once the home of the famous musician, Eric Clapton, who used to play music with visiting rock stars until the early hours!

Now, we’re delighted to welcome intrepid spirits to Barberstown Castle, and go the extra mile to make sure you have the time of your life when you book one of our rooms – from advising you on how to make the most of surrounding Kildare, to treating your tastebuds and so much more. You can even rent out our castle hotel for free in its entirety – putting it at the heart of your next celebration. At our historic hotel, going above and beyond your wildest expectations is just part of what we do…

Open: March - December

Rooms: 55

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Occasions to Remember

Some of the highlights of staying at our historic hotel


Each era of the castle’s history is reflected in the style of our country house bedrooms, which are named after its previous owners including Nicholas Barby in 1300 and Eric Clapton in 1979. You’ll find old-world character and original antiques – along with a wide selection of modern amenities – within.


The Barton Rooms Restaurant obtained its name from Mr. Hugh Barton, who completed the last wing of the main house in the 1830s. Our Head Chef, Bertrand Malabhat, uses the finest locally-sourced produce to create country house classics that blend Irish and French cuisine, which you can savour alongside perfectly paired wines. We also offer Sunday Lunch, a garden bar and afternoon tea.


Doesn’t getting married in a castle sound divine? Plan your celebration at Barberstown Castle and make use of a truly timelessly romantic venue. From our light-filled conservatory and leafy gardens to banqueting hall and candlelit castle keep, our historic hotel contains a wealth of spaces that will help you bring your fairytale wedding to life. Enquire for details.


Experiences to add to your itinerary
  • Castletown House,(Ireland’s oldest Palladian Townhouse) 5km
  • Irish National Stud, 41km
  • Glendalough, 57km
  • Newgrange, 70km
  • Dublin
  • The K Club, 1km
  • Killeen Golf Club
  • Clane Golf Club
  • Clane Golf Club
  • Royal Curragh Golf Club
  • Newbridge Golf Club
  • Cill Dara Golf Club
  • Donadea Forest Park, Donadea, 12km
  • National Botanic Gardens
  • Iveagh Gardens
  • Grand Canal Walk, 10km
  • Griffith Park
  • National Museum of Ireland, 20km
  • Bog of Allen Nature Centre, 15km
  • Straffan Steam Museum, 1km
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • Irish Whiskey Museum
  • National Gallery of Ireland
  • Golf
  • Horse Riding
  • Hunting
  • Grand Canal Walk, 10km
  • Dublin International Film Festival (February)
  • St. Patrick’s Festival (March)
  • International Literature Festival (May)
  • Festival of Curiosity (July)
  • Dublin Fringe Festival (September)
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