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Kerry | Ireland

Ballyseede Castle

Charming Irish Castle

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Originally Built In

Associated Family Names
Fitzgerald, Blennerhassett, Earl of Desmond
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Number of Rooms

Seen in (tv/movies)
Ghostcircle S2 55, ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’

Type of Architecture 
Gothic Revival

Tralee, Ireland

Perfect for
Couples, Weddings, Family Gatherings, Countryside Escape, Fine Dining

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About Ballyseede Castle

Ballyseede Castle is a 16th-century luxury castle hotel in Kerry, Southwest Ireland. Kerry’s only castle hotel, Ballyseede Castle is set within 30 acres of lush gardens and woodland, and is located close to Tralee on the famously breathtaking Ring of Kerry. The hotel is steeped in heritage and splendor and has centuries of history to explore. With its opulent surroundings, 2-star AA fine dining restaurant, and warm Irish charm, Ballyseede Castle offers a truly unforgettable stay.

Our history

The Geraldine Wars

Ballyseede Castle was built in 1721 as a garrison Fitzgerald’s family, Earls of Desmond. The family were known for not swearing their allegiance to the crown, which resulted in wars known as the Geraldine Wars. These wars were fought for over 3 centuries, but came to an end with the beheading of Gerald, the 16th Earl, in the Demesne of Ballyseede. His head was later showcased in a cage on London Bridge. The castle along with 3000 acres was then later given on lease to Robert Blennerhassett, the lease being a that red rose be presented every year on Midsummer’s Day. The Blennerhassets then occupied the castle until 1966.

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Be king and queen of your very own idyllic castle on the most important day of your lives. Make your dreams come true at Ballyseede Castle, Kerry’s only Castle Hotel. Set on 30 acres of ancient woodlands and manicured gardens, Ballyseede Castle is beautifully placed in secluded grounds and is ideal for a destination Irish castle wedding.
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Civil Ceremonies

With its welcoming atmosphere, beautiful grounds and luxurious accommodation - Ballyseede Castle provides an ideal location to celebrate with family and friends, and the freedom to create a wedding that you have always dreamed of. Ballyseede Castle is a recognised venue for the civil registration of marriage in Co. Kerry, Ireland, subject to approval of each application.

Afternoon Tea

Ballyseede Castle has revived the longstanding tradition of Afternoon tea. In a time-honoured tradition tea along with sandwiches and pastries was taken in the Lounge or Orangery of Great Houses and Castles.


The 2-star AA Rosette O’Connell Restaurant at Ballyseede Castle is renowned for serving beautiful food in magnificent surroundings, using Irish cuisine and the finest locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Accompany your meal with the finest wines – from the connoisseur, to the tasty table wine, there is a bottle for every palate. Pappy’s Bar offers an all-day dining option, serving an extensive menu to cater for all tastes. Spend the evening in the relaxing company of others, gathered around the fire, listening to the Tall Tales of Tim, the hotel barman.


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Ballyseede Castle Hotel
Tralee, Ballyseede
Co. Kerry, Ireland