Who has not, at one time or another, dreamed of being royalty? Though you may not receive an official title, a stay at the majestic Kilkea Castle in Ireland’s Ancient East will leave you feeling like king or queen. Guests will discover over 800 years of history as the destination holds the title of being Ireland’s oldest continuously inhabited castle. Erected in 1180, it was inhabited by the Fitzgerald family, earls of Kildare, for over 700 years and boasts its very own legend, the Wizard Earl, who is said to visit the castle once every seven years.
Located in Castledermot, County Kildare, near the village of Kilkea, it is approxinately an hour from Dublin via Irish Rail train, bus, taxi, town car, private vehicle or Uber Dublin. Upon arriving, the beech-lined entryway the Castle’s 180 acres of wooded grounds, rose-filled gardens, serene river, and golf resort transform and transport from ordinary to extraordinary.
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