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Markree Castle

Wedding venue

Hotel, Castle

Co Sligo

Capacity Seated: 170

Contact Markree Castle
Tel: +353 71 916 7800

Please mention when enquiring.

Markree Castle

County Sligo’s oldest inhabited house has been home to the Cooper family for 350 years and now makes an unusual country house hotel, set in a large estate. This is a proper castle, with a huge portico leading to a covered stone stairway that sweeps up to an impressive hall, where an enormous log fire always burns.

Everything is on a vast scale and restoration of the castle is an ongoing labour of love for the present owners, Charles and Mary Cooper, who rescued it from virtual dereliction in 1989 then later opened it as an hotel - and they have always been generous with the heating. Collooney village, one and a half miles away, has attractive Roman Catholic and Protestant churches but, better still, the Castle Chapel is available for use, subject to agreement with your clergyman - and wedding blessings are also possible here.

Personal individual attention from the owner and manager should ensure that everything runs smoothly - they can arrange or recommend virtually anything you could want, including special transport requirements, any special welcome and decoration of the venue.

Exclusive use of the castle as a wedding venues guaranteed for parties of over 60, and all of the public areas are spacious and conveniently close together, which is not always the case in castles; in addition to the vast hallway, reception areas include a spacious, comfortably furnished double drawing room with two fine fireplaces, and a separate bar, so there is plenty of room for guests to mill around comfortably.

The food at Markree has always been good and the wedding banquet - which is served in a beautiful double dining room with fine plasterwork and antique chandeliers - can be a sit down meal, a buffet or a mixture of table service and buffet; very fairly priced menus offer a choice of starters, main course and desserts as standard.

Type of Venue

Function / Ball Room

Venue Capacity

Capacity Seated: 170
Capacity Standing: 200

Decor Responsibility

Decor - decorated by venue or couples responisibility: Venue

Venue Hire

  • Venue Hire

Exclusive Use

  • Do you have to take venue for exclusive use
Cost: €If party is 60+, from €1,000-4,000
Length of time you have to take it for: 1 day

Booking Deposit

  • Booking Deposit
Amount: €Feee varies

Midweek Reduction

  • Midweek reduction available
Midweek Reduction: €€1,000 off

Wedding Planning Service

  • Wedding planning service offered

Local Church Information

  • Wedding blessing possible
  • Church nearby
Chapel on grounds for civil ceremonies and blessing. Churches of all denominations in Collooney 5 mins away

2 / 3 Day Programme

Programmes including archery, horse riding and clay pigeon shooting can be arranged

Special Welcome

  • Special Welcome
Red carpet welcome with complimentary champagne for the bride and groom. Piper available on request

Information on Location

Nearest Town

Distance (km): 5
Time Away: 5 mins

Nearest Airport

Distance (km): 18
Time Away: 25 mins

Nearest International Ferry Port

Dublin Port
Distance (km): 200
Time Away: 2.5 hrs

Nearest Station

Distance (km): 5
Time Away: 5 mins


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Just off the N4, take the Dromohair exit at Collooney roundabout.

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