Barberstown Castle

Straffan, Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 1-6288157 Fax: 353 1-6277027 Email: Website:

Barberstown Castle is the former home of Eric Clapton and has been welcoming guests for over 700 years. Visitors to the castle will experience a very relaxing and welcoming experience while enjoying great food, excellent wines, open log fires and exceptional personal service.

Use this unique and historic 13th-century Irish castle as your base from which to visit Dublin and explore Ireland's Ancient East, as Barberstown is just 25 minutes from Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre.

Essential day trips include a visit to the Irish National Stud in Kildare town; the 5000-year-old Megalithic site of Newgrange; or the Rock of Cashel. Enjoy a short drive through the Wicklow Mountains to explore Glendalough, Russborough House and Parklands and Powerscourt in County Wicklow - the Garden Of Ireland.

Recent Awards:

Best Historic Hotel of Europe - Castle Winner


Kenneth Healy


  • Leave the airport and take the exit for the M50 Southbound
  • Leave the M50 at exit 7 (M4) and continue on the N4/M4 westward.
  • Leave the M4 at exit/junction 7 (Straffan/Maynooth) and take the R407 to Straffan

Special Offers

3 Nights Castle Stay & Admission to Castletown House

The perfect way to enjoy all the "must see" sites in Dublin and Ireland's Ancient East! This 3 night mini-holiday includes three nights Bed and Breakfast for two guests, Admission for two to Castletown House and a 10% off voucher for shopping at Kildare Village. 

When Nicolas Barby originally built the Castle in 1288, he chose a great location, 720 years later the same is true today.

Some Suggestions for your holiday....

Day 1: Visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in the morning followed by visit Castletown House.  After lunch visit St. Brigid's Round Tower followed by an Afternoon of Shopping at Kildare Village (Chic Outlet shopping with up to 60% off). Barberstown Castle is delighted to provide a 10% off voucher for Kildare Village.,

Day 2: Take the Dublin Eireann Bus (30 minutes) from outside Barberstown Castle which brings you directly into Dublin City Centre!

Day 3: A Day Trip to the Garden of Ireland with a visit to Russborough House, Glendalough, lunch in Roundwood followed by a visit to Powerscourt.

from €498 for 3 nights
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