Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort is a truly unique property situated minutes from Waterford City, 90 minutes from Dublin. Crossing on the private car ferry sets the mood for a truly magical experience. This 310 acre Island boasts the only Island Castle often described as a fairytale venue with 19 bedrooms, and the multi award winning Munster Room restaurant. The Resort’s Castle can be booked exclusively for that special occasion along with the 45 self-catering modern lodges (sleep six). Go back in time in an Irish Castle on an Island in Ireland. Perfect for your big day!
What makes Waterford Castle so unique for your wedding? Well, past and present come together at Waterford Castle as it was originally erected as a single stone tower during medieval times. The castle has evolved into an extraordinary internationally renowned destination, with magnificent halls and rooms, each ordained with fine art, period furniture and fixtures. Unique details can be found at every angle on the Castle structure from ornate original plaster ceilings to Elizabethan stone fireplaces.
Located on a private island in the River Suir, the centuries-old site sits just downstream from its namesake city, the oldest City on the Emerald Isle. As both a longstanding strategic and scenic locale, the 310-acre island only a two-minute private car ferry ride from the mainland has seen more than its fair share of inhabitants over time.
Originally settled by monks from the sixth to the eighth century, the island was taken and guarded by Danes during the Viking era. A long line of Anglo-Norman Fitzgeralds – owned and occupied the spot for another eight centuries.
Waterford Castle transformation into a luxurious resort in the late 1980’s opening its vast and lush grounds to both local residents and international visitors alike. Since March of 2015 the new proprietor an Irish man has taken the facility to new levels, implementing further and more detailed renovations. “This has been an exceptional project, in that all of our additions and refurbishments aim to showcase the castle’s unique personality,” says spokesperson Walsh. “Our team’s enthusiasm, professionalism and genuine love of the resort have made this a project from the heart.”
Recent renovations have included upgrades to the island’s Des Smyth-designed, 18-hole championship golf course. A new short-game area with a state of the art golf performance centre offering custom fittings and much more. Restoration of the Castle’s historic furnishings and décor, via the addition of a collection of contemporaneous pieces, has also been a priority. The restoration and refurbishment team have worked closely with Waterford Crystal to procure their finest chandeliers fitting to such a grand Castle. One of the chandeliers “The Bridgewater”which was installed in the Great Hall, is the last of one to be made at Waterford Crystal. The Castle now sparkles with over €120,000 of Waterford Crystal’s exquisite chandeliers!
The year of planning and the long patient process of getting electricity into the Castle’s ceilings without disturbing the original ornate plaster ceilings was masterfully accomplished. Each new detail of luxury and style enhances the old world charm of a great era and is the perfect backdrop of wedding photos.