Barberstown Castle

Historic Castle and Country House Hotel, Straffan, Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 1-6288157 Fax: 353 1-6277027 Email: Website:

Formerly the home of Eric Clapton and welcoming guests for over 800 years, visitors to Barberstown Castle will experience a very relaxing and welcoming castle experience while enjoying great food, excellent wines, open log fires and exceptional personal service.

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

Essential day trips include a visit to the Irish National Stud in Kildare town, the 5000 year odl 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 Od Ireland.

Recent Awards:

Best Historic Hotel of Europe - Caslte Winner


Kenneth Healy


  • Leave the airport and take the exit for the M50 South Bound
  • Leave the M50 at exit #7 (M4) and continue on the N4/M4 westward.
  • Leave the M4 at exit/junction7 (Straffan/Maynooth) and take the R407 to Straffan

Special Offers

Romantic Night Away

Surprise your partner with an ideal Romantic getaway in a genuine Irish Castle. Barberstown Castle has been a special part of couple’s lives since the Middle Ages. Create your own memories of this unique haven with food that is prepared with a passion by Master Chef Bertrand Malabat.

Relax next to open log fires, and enjoy our discrete service. One Night accommodation in a luxurious room with one Evening Meal (4 course set dinner menu) for two in our fabulous Restaurant and a cooked to order Full Irish Breakfast the following morning.
A Half bottle of Champagne and Chocolates will be delivered to your room on arrival.

from €388
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Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Treat your partner witha night away!  One night accommodation including Freshly Cooked to order Full Irish Breakfast and a wonderful Dinner (4 course set dinner menu) in our Barton Rooms Restaurant featuring a Fine Dining Menu by Chef Bertrand Malabat. Special Memories from just €144 per person sharing. Enhance your experience and upgrade to a Four Poster Bed!

from €288
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Two Night Escape

In these changing times, get away for Two Nights and cherish each other in the safe haven of Barberstown Castle. Enjoy One Dinner (4 Course Set Dinner Menu) created by Chef Bertrand Malabat.

Guests will be provided a 10% off voucher for Kildare Village in addition to their complimentary hands-free shopping! The Rest of the Adventure is Up to You...

from €205
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Blue Book Exclusive Two Night Getaway

Treat your partner to a relaxing break at Barberstown Castle. Relax next to Open Log Fires on Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy our discreet service. Two Nights accommodation in a 4 poster Bedroom (complimentary upgrade) with one Evening Meal for two in our fabulous Restaurant (4 Course Set Dinner Menu) and a cooked to order Full Irish Breakfast each morning.

This offer is exclusive to guests whom will be paying with a Ireland's Blue Book Gift Voucher on departure.

from €199.50
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4 Nights, 5000 years of history

With Four Nights Accommodation and Breakfast, Enjoy the History, Mystery and Excitement of becoming a resident of one of Irelands’ most historic Castles. Previously owned by Eric Clapton, the Castle has played host to many famous and infamous guests over the ages.

When you explore Ireland’s Ancient East, you wander through 5,000 years of history. In these lush, green lands, tales of feuding dynasties hide behind crumbling Gothic architecture; ghostly tombs predate the pyramids; and knights, kings, monks and Vikings loom large in incredible stories.

It is time for you to become part of this exclusive and unique history! Make this Castle your home from home, using the Castle’s ideal location as a base from which to explore the best of all that Dublin and Ireland’s Ancient East has to offer. Discover anicent Ireland with four nights bed and breakfast at your unique Castle.

from €162.50
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5 Night Adventure in Irelands Ancient East

Wander through 5000 years of history and create memories to last a lifetime.  Barberstown Castle is the ideal base from which to begin an immersive journey to discover Ireland's Ancient East.  Checking in is easy, but with Five Nights Accommodation at this Historic Castle you will find it difficult to leave! 

The suggested itinerary will ensure you experience the best that Ireland's Ancient East has to offer and all within a short driving distance.  The recommended highlights include:

Dublin, just 25 minutes from the Castle

Newgrange, a Stone Age monumentconstructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.) during the Neolithic period, which makes it older than Stonehenge and Great Pyramids of Giza.

Castletown House is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house, we provide complimentary admission for 2 adults.

Rock of Cashel, One of Ireland's most famous attractions

Kilkenny Castle
,open for public tours and over 800 years old this Castle is a "must see"

Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, a part of our Sacred Ireland.

Make Barberstown Castle your home from home whilst discovering Ireland's Ancient East!

from €154
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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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