Experience Ireland's Rich History

To fall in love with Ireland, you must experience magnificent Irish castles.
Feel inspired, and then book our Authentic Itineraries that include castles. Or request a Custom Ireland Vacation fit for royalty.

Find luxurious comfort in medieval surroundings

Castles are mysterious and often romantic structures, steeped in history. The first Irish castles originated in the 12th century as mighty fortresses built by the Normans. After the Norman decline, Gaelic Chieftains began building castles all over Ireland and many of these castles are still standing today, some of which have become hotels or tourist attractions.

Blarney Castle is one of the most well-known castles in Ireland. Millions of people from all over the world have visited this destination to kiss the Blarney stone and be forever blessed with the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness (or so it is said, at least!). Authentic Vacations’ Grand Castles & Manors tour includes a Blarney Castle stop as well as other celebrated Irish destinations, such as Bunratty Castle, Ashford Castle and the majestic Cliffs of Moher.