Clontarf Castle Hotel

Home / Place / Clontarf Castle Hotel

Clontarf Castle is a luxury hotel seamlessly blending old with new. Offering a choice of fine or casual dining in Dublin.

Read Our Review

Facilities

Marrying Traditional and Contemporary Food

Clontarf Castle Fahrenheit Restaurant Good Food Ireland

Fahrenheit Restaurant

Step back in time while enjoying a thoroughly modern approach to dining. Fine dining at Clontarf Castle takes place at the ultra contemporary Fahrenheit Restaurant. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Stuart Heeney, the restaurant serves an A La Carte menu in the evenings plus all day dining on Sunday with the famous Clontarf Castle Sunday Lunch.
Fusion Afternoon Tea at Indigo Lounge

Contemporary Casual Dining at The Indigo Lounge

Swish and stylish, this is a modern lounge serving a contemporary casual dining menu, and becoming quite a gathering spot for residents and regular visitors to the area. Also the place to enjoy the exclusive Clontarf Castle Fusion Tea, a unique take on traditional Afternoon Tea.
Gastro Pub Fare at Knights Bar in Clontarf Castle, Co Dublin

Gastro Bar Menu at Knights Bar

Knights Bar is more traditional in style, harking back to the castle’s medieval roots. A new gastro bar menu and traditional carvery has something to please all tastes.

A Luxury Hotel Seamlessly Blending Old With New

Boutique Queen Room at Clontarf Castle Dublin

Stay at Clontarf Castle

Guests can expect a flawless service in atmosperic and characterful surroundings. Bedrooms range from generous Deluxe, to spacious Executive and truly extravagant Suites. At every level, opulence and modern chic is mixed throughout, from the top quality upholsteries to the soothing colour schemes. After a good night’s sleep in the room of your choice, a wonderful breakfast awaits in the morning. Discover More About Clontarf Castle In Our Review Below.

Our Review of Clontarf Castle Hotel

How do you fancy staying in your own castle, located in the capital city of Ireland? For those who like a bit of history thrown into their overnight or holiday stay, Clontarf Castle in Dublin has as it all! 

There has been a castle on this site since 1172. But the location goes back before that, to the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. When Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, took on the mixed forces of the Norse, Irish and Vikings, in a battle which lasted from sunrise to sunset and killed almost 10,000 men. Brian Boru’s army won out, but the High King himself was killed on this momentous day.

Since then, the castle has been inhabited by royals and wealthy families alike. As Marketing Manger Stephanie Hayes tells us ‘Clontarf Castle was owned by the  Vernon family  for over 300 years from the 1600’s, and their family crest is still present in the old part of the hotel. The Castle was rebuilt in the 1800’s, and in more modern times, was  restored and extended to become a luxury four star hotel which retains all the heritage and history of the building. The old part of the castle is a listed building, while the newer part is more contemporary and creative in style.’ 

Clontarf Castle also has a history of celebration. ‘There has always been a huge tradition  of music within the castle. From the early 1970’s till the late 1990’s it was a famous caberet venue, so music and live performance was very much part of the scene and still is.’ says Stephanie. 

Since the late 90’s, Clontarf Castle has been operating as a luxury hotel which seamlessly blends old with new. Guests can expect a flawless service in atmospheric and characterful surroundings. Bedrooms range from generous Deluxe, to spacious Executive and truly extravagant Suites. At every level, opulence and modern chic is mixed from top quality upholsteries to soothing colour schemes. After a good night’s sleep in the room of your choice, a wonderful breakfast awaits in the morning. General Manager Jason Ormston explains the Breakfast Experience at Clontarf Castle. 

‘We are very proud of our breakfast service. It combines an A La Carte menu with a suite of classic specials like Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale and French Toasts alongside our full Artisan Castle Breakfast Buffet. This reflects the journey through an old estate, and we’ve managed to recreate that with some really good old artefacts which contribute to the buffet presentation. We also place huge emphasis and pride of place on our homemade elements, like our muesli, jams and house breads and fresh juices. On the buffet we also have a full honeycomb of honey from Co. Meath. The honey drips down from the honeycoomb into a bowl and guests can help themselves. Our buffet looks spectacular and offers a real traditional food experience, so guests can really get the sense of the castle lifestyle through that.’ 

Fine dining at Clontarf Castle takes place at the ultra contemporary Fahrenheit Restaurant. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Stuart Heeney, the restaurant serves an A La Carte menu in the evenings plus all day dining on Sunday with the famous Clontarf Castle Sunday Lunch! 

Knights Bar is more traditional in style, harking back to the castle’s medieval roots. A new gastro bar menu and traditional carvery has something to please all tastes. 

The mood changes at The Indigo Lounge. Swish and stylish, this is a modern lounge serving a contemporary casual dining menu and becoming quite a gathering spot for residents and regular visitors to the area. Also the place to enjoy the exclusive Clontarf Castle Fusion Tea, a unique take on traditional Afternoon Tea. 

Clontarf Castle offers full conference facilities, plus Event Management and Team Building Services. Those tying the knot can enjoy private dining for their guests, including a Civil Ceremony at the Castle, resident Wedding Co-Ordinator, a selection of wedding packages (minimum of 20 guests) and full wedding menu planning. 

 

  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | Butlers Pantry Clontarf
    artisan_foods

    The Butler’s Pantry Shops are heaven to walk into. We love them all.

    Clontarf, Dublin
  • Indigo Lounge at Clontarf Castle Co Dublin
    place_to_eat

    If you’re looking for a hip place to meet the buds on Dublin’s northside, we might just have the answer.
    Indigo Lounge at historic Clontarf Castle ticks all the boxes.

    Clontarf, Dublin
  • Knights Bar at Clontarf Castle Co Dublin
    place_to_eat

    Good homemade burgers, fish and chips, well aged prime Irish sirloin steak and slow cooked pulled pork are typical menu choices in this atmospheric bar.

    Clontarf, Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | The Bretzel Bakery
    artisan_foods

    Ask any Dubliner to name a bakery and most will find with 'The Bretzel' rolling off their tongue.

    Portobello, Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | The Market Butcher
    artisan_foods

    Butchers Michael Bermingham and Karl Freeman have been working in the meat business for more than 20 years.

    Rathcoole, Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | Butlers Pantry Sandycove
    artisan_foods

    The Butler’s Pantry Shops are heaven to walk into. We love them all.

    Sandycove, Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | Butlers Pantry Donnybrook
    artisan_foods

    The Butler’s Pantry Shops are heaven to walk into. We love them all.

    Donnybrook, Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | Butlers Pantry Castleknock
    artisan_foods

    The Butler’s Pantry Shops are heaven to walk into. We love them all.

    Castleknock, Dublin
  • The Butler's Pantry
    artisan_foods

    The Butler’s Pantry Shops are heaven to walk into. We love them all.

    Blackrock, Dublin
  • artisan_foods

    The Butler’s Pantry Shops are heaven to walk into. We love them all.

    Blackrock, Dublin
  • The Butler's Pantry
    artisan_foods

    The Butler’s Pantry Shops are heaven to walk into. We love them all.

    Dublin 4, Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Places to Stay | The Merrion Hotel
    place_to_stay

    If you have a 'things to do before I die' list - a stay in The Merrion Hotel should be right up there on the top of it!

    Dublin, Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Producer | The Bretzel Bakery
    food_producers

    Ask any Dubliner to name a bakery and most will find with 'The Bretzel' rolling off their tongue.  Synonymous with Du

    Portobello, Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Producer | Keogh's Crisps
    food_producers

    Keogh's Crisps from the Keogh family farm in North County Dublin, growing special potatoe varieties like Lady Claire, Lady Rosetta and Verdi for crisp making.

    Dublin, Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Pubs and Bars | No. 27 Bar and Lounge
    place_to_eat

    The No. 27 Bar & Lounge at The Shelbourne is the perfect place to relax after a busy day of retail therapy or exploring Dublin.

    Dublin
  • Good Food Ireland | Pubs and Bars | The Horseshoe Bar
    place_to_eat

    The Horseshoe Bar is one of Dublin's most infamous and unique bars attracting socialites, journalists, celebrities and more. Decorated with original artifacts and fascinating memorabilia the Horseshoe Bar is an experience not to be missed when visiting Dublin.

    Dublin
  • place_to_eat
    Dublin, Dublin