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Originally Built In
Associated Family Names
Bellingham, Sibthorpe, Handcock, Clarke
Seen in (tv/movies)
Type of Architecture
Georgian / Gothic
Weddings, Family Gatherings, Events
The elegant 17th-century Bellingham Castle is located in the medieval village of Castlebellingham, County Louth, and is available for exclusive hire. Located on the banks of the serene River Glyde and at the gateway to the Cooley Mountains, Bellingham Castle is at the center of a sprawling 17-acre estate, which includes a weir and a man-made island. As the newly renovated Bellingham Castle boasts its splendor and exclusivity, it prides itself on retaining all of its heritage and personal charm. Bellingham Castle offers guests a luxurious castle stay with its opulent stately bedrooms, elegant reception rooms, beautifully landscaped gardens, and a warm and inviting atmosphere.
From the 17th Century until the 1950s, Bellingham Castle was the ancestral home of the Bellingham family. During the Civil War, Sir Henry Bellingham, a cornet in the Army, built the original castle around 1690, and the purchase of land was confirmed by King Charles II. The castle was occupied by troops and was burned down in 1689 by King James II, in revenge for Colonel Thomas Bellingham being a guide for William III, prior to the Battle of the Boyne. Allegedly King William’s armies camped the night before the Battle of the Boyne on the grounds of the castle. Castlebellingham became an important meeting point in the county, and the Bellingham’s became one of the most powerful and influential families in the county; for over 100 years, a Bellingham held the seat in Parliament for County Louth. Records also note Castle Bellingham for having ‘the best malt liquor’ in Ireland. A brewery was built on site about 1770 and belonged to an O’Bryen Bellingham, and the brewery was the main supplier of drink to the Boer War troops.
Nestled in the heart of beautiful County Louth, Bellingham Castle dates from 1660 and is steeped in history.
Set on the banks of the glistening River Glyde, Bellingham Castle is an opulent, exclusive-hire castle wedding venue, where you and your guests can enjoy a magical day in complete privacy. The castle is the centrepiece of a 17-acre estate that includes a weir and man-made river island. The spacious 17th Century Irish castle is bursting with rich history, splendour and old-world luxury.
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With its relaxed atmosphere, stunning grounds and award-winning castle accommodation – Bellingham Castle provides the freedom to create the castle wedding you have always dreamed of.
As an approved venue to host Civil Weddings, Humanist Ceremonies, Spiritual Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships, our wedding team would be delighted to advise you and provide contact details for celebrants.
Bellingham Castle is ideally placed for incentive groups, sales meetings, team building or International conferencing, located midway between the cities of Belfast and Dublin, just an hour’s drive from each. The castle is situated only 40 minutes from Dublin airport and easily accessible from all major driving routes, including the close-by M1 motorway.
Innovation and ongoing investment ensure the finest facilities; while the heritage lends character to our vision of informal luxury, timeless style and the very best guest experience.
Co. Louth, A91 RP44