Weddings

Markree Castle is a stunning Gothic Style Castle, set in the heart of the Sligo Countryside on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is a truly authentic, relaxed and uniquely charming Wedding Venue where you will find yourself immersed in unrivalled castle hotel comfort. We offer exclusive use of the castle and grounds to you and your guests for your special day. Couples can choose to arrive to their Arrival Reception by boat or gather for a civil ceremony within the Castle in the original Chapel at Markree. Guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful grounds and drawing rooms within the Castle during the arrival reception while enjoying a welcome drink and delicious selection of canapes. Your Gourmet Five Course Dinner is served in the Grand Golden Ballroom, which can seat up to 190 guests and following dinner, guest can enjoy the festivities in the vaulted entertainment area.

For more information on Markree Castle and our Wedding Packages, please contact the wedding team at weddings@markreecastle.ie. We have put together a Facebook page where we regularly post links to new photo albums. From past Markree weddings, snap shots of great ideas other couples have had and links that we think will make your life easier while planning your wedding.

Wedding Reviews

Pey Ru & Paul

We had our wedding at Markree Castle in September 2013. It is a truly magical place and our guests were raving about the ambience of the castle from the moment you walk up the grand entrance staircase through to the exquisite Garden dining room overlooking the beautiful gardens and river. The friendliness of the staff and the high quality of food provided, not just during the wedding banquet but also the next morning at breakfast were also mentioned by our guests. This is a genuine historic Irish castle hotel, not just a castle facade with a modern interior like other castle hotels in Ireland. I could not recommend highly enough.

Gerard & Shane

From the moment we arrived in Markree we knew it was the venue for us and we had visited quite a few. The Team we so positive and helpful, nothing was too much trouble in fact we never heard the word No. Simon and Jeremy listened to our plans for the day of our Civil partnership and worked diligently to ensure they were all delivered. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the food, venue and accommodation and are still talking about it. We take away nothing but happy memories and look forward to our return visit for our 1st Anniversary. Gerard & Shane, Dublin

Geraldine & John

John and I enjoyed our special day so much at Markree Castle. It was the first venue that we looked at after we became engaged and didn’t look anywhere else! It is a REAL authentic Castle!! Jeremy and the staff were always very accommodating and nothing was ever too much. The food was fabulous on the day. One of the main things that attracted us to Markree was the fact that we would have the Castle exclusively for the day and that was what a lot of our guests liked about that. The intimacy of it. Plus, the grounds are just fabulous for photos. Our first anniversary is coming up shortly and hopefully we can stay again – unless there is a wedding of course!!

Ciara & Donall

Had my wedding there 5 th oct 13. We had 110 people and we really enjoyed the day and everything was perfect, all my guest were delighted and said they loved the place and the food!! The setting, staff and food where stunning and Simon and Jeremy attention to detail and organizational skills where exceptional, everything ran smoothly. Highly recommend anyone to have their wedding there. The whole experience of staying at the castle with your family and friends and having it exclusive is brilliant, everyone loved it and won’t forgot it. Thanks for making our day great!!

Declan & Maggi

We had our wedding in Markree Castle in Sept 2013 and from the very outset the assistance and courtesy afforded to us by Jeremy and all the staff was of the highest quality. We were instantly confident that we had picked not alone the right location but also the right people to entrust the most important day of our lives. The day itself exceeded all our expectations and the personal service that was afforded to us has not been matched by any other wedding location that we have encountered. The castle chapel was availed of for the wedding ceremony which added to the intimacy of the occasion. We had guests attending from 5km to 5000km and all were truly blown away by the Castle. The rooms are a mixture of modern day comfort to yesteryear opulence. Finally what all wedding venues are ultimately judged on the food, it was absolutely first class from starter to dessert ( the beef was succulent and so tender ) and even though we changed our seating arrangement last minute the service was brilliant. Markree turned what was the most important day of our lives to the best day of our lives. Thank you Markree. Regards Declan & Maggi McGrath

Civil Ceremonies

Pick your perfect spot to say "I do"

For a wedding ceremony you need a venue with a real sense of occasion. Very few places that host wedding receptions can offer a really special ceremony venue, within the wedding venue. At Markree Castle you have a choice of civil cermony locations. If you have always dreamt of a traditional wedding, the Chapel at Markree will fit your needs perfectly. Lined with dark wood paneling, beautiful stained glass windows and an orignal church organ, this is an intimate but impressive room for your wedding ceremony.

If you would prefer to say your “I do’s” amid the beauty of the great outdoors, the stunning natual setting of the castle terrace which overlooks the estates manicured lawns, rose gardens and our wishing well may be the perfect spot for you to say your “I do’s”. 

For details on civil ceremonies and partnerships please contact the civil registration office in Sligo on 071-9155115 or visit www.groireland.ie

Couples also regularly choose the chapel at Markree for blessings; while you are very welcome to bring your own priest or minister, there are a few other options available:

Celtic Christian Monk Dara Molloy
Spiritualist- also licensed to perform civil marriages Tom Colton
The Humanist Association of Ireland

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a function room?

No, part of the uniqueness of Markree is that there is no function room as such. Instead you and your guests will use Markree as you would your own home, with your reception in the hall in front of the fire, dinner in the dining room and dancing in the lounge on our specially constructed dance floor. The atmosphere and ambiance make for a very special day for you and your guests. Like a house party in a castle!

Can my guests stay onsite?

There are 30 ensuite guest bedrooms in the castle. We are happy to arrange special room rates & packages for your guests. We also have several self catering cottages, situated in the old farmyard buildings.  Altogether there is accommodation for over 110 people on site.

How many wedding guests can you cater for?

Our maximum number for a seated banquet is 170 and we regularly hold smaller weddings.

Where can I see photos and picture of weddings at the castle?

Check out our Gallery Page for some pictures of actual wedding in Markree, these have been provided with thanks by local photographer Darek Smietana and Sasfi Hope-Ross, both of whom have more photos of Markree weddings that they would be happy to provide you with.

Do you have a list of local Suppliers - Bands/Florists/Photographers?

We would be happy to furnish you with a list of recommended local suppliers from bands, to chair covers. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you decide how a Castle wedding at Markree will suit your needs.

Can I get married at Markree Castle?

Markree is available for civil ceremonies and partnerships which take place in the original family chapel. Please contact the civil registrar’s office in Sligo on 071-9155115 for details. There are a number of churches, of all denominations, close by. Couples also regularly choose the chapel at Markree for blessings;  while you are very welcome to bring your own priest or minister, there are a few other options available: Celtic Christian Monk Dara Molloy, independent ministry Bishop Buckley, spiritualist (licensed to perform civil marriages) Tom Colton.


Wedding Gallery