Barberstown Castle

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

Formerly the home of Eric Clapton, Barberstown Castle 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.

This historic 13th-century Irish castle is the ideal base from which to explore Ireland's Ancient East only 25 minutes from Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre.

Essential day trips include a visit to the Irish National Stud, Newbridge Silverware or Kildare Village luxury shopping outlet. Enjoy a short drive to Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens or the site of Newgrange World heritage site.

Locally within 5 minutes try Clay Pigeon Shooting or Horse Riding in Abbeyfield Farm or stroll to the quaint village of Straffan.

Recent Awards:

Best Historic Hotel of Europe - Castle Winner

General Manager:

Richard Millea


  • 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

Overnight with Dinner at Barberstown Castle Blue Book

There’s no better night away than heading to a gorgeous Blue Book Country House in Kildare with an award winning restaurant. Whether you love a sophisticated restaurant surrounding or prefer the ambiance of open log fires we have the perfect break for you. 

Enjoy One-night Bed and Breakfast for 2 adults with Dinner in our Barton Rooms Restaurant from just €320 total stay (2 adults sharing 1 bedroom). 

Exclusive to Blue Book Guests we enhance your stay with a complimentary Glass of Prosecco, served with Dinner and Chocolates in your room on arrival.

  • One-night Bed and Full Irish Breakfast
  • Dinner in the Barton Rooms Restaurant
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturdays only
  • Flexible booking
  • Enhance your experience and upgrade to a Four Poster Bed! 

Special Memories from just €160 per person sharing.

from €320
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Ireland's Blue Book is a collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Historic Manor Houses, Castles and Restaurants located throughout the island of Ireland. Below is a full list of our houses and restaurants and the map above shows each of their locations.

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