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 to roam the gardens and enjoy the antique furnished reception rooms. 

Castle Weddings

Magical Markree Package

  • Exclusive use of Markree Castle & grounds for you and your guests including our Grand Hall and stunning reception rooms
  • Stunning setting with mature trees, rose garden and grounds along the river Unshin including a boathouse and woodland walk for unforgettable photographs
  • Personal Planner to help and advise you on every aspect of your day
  • Red Carpet welcome upon arrival including Champagne Reception for the Bridal Party
  • Personalised Menu Cards, choice of Cake Stand & Sword

Arrival Reception

  • Selected Markree Castle Canapés
  • Our home-made Summer Punch or Mulled Wine
  • Tea & Coffee with homemade Shortbreads and Biscuits

Dinner

  • Five Course Meal and Half Bottle of House Wine per guest to include:
  • Starter
  • Soup
  • Choice of Two Main Courses
  • Dessert
  • Tea, Coffee with Handmade Chocolates
  • Sparkling Wine Toast for each guest

Evening Reception

  • Evening food with Tea & Coffee for half the number of final guests
Minimum Numbers Apply

Please contact us directly to discuss the package.


In addition, all of our luxury bedrooms must be taken at a rate of €180 per room based on 2 people sharing including breakfast.

Terms & Conditions apply

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 ceremony locations. If you have always dreamt of a traditional wedding, the Chapel at Markree will fit your needs perfectly. Lined with dark wood panelling, beautiful stained glass windows and an original 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

Wedding Reviews

Deirdre & Con, May 2017

Deirdre and Con May 2017
"Magical Wedding in Markree Castle” 
Where to begin! What a magical weekend we had in Markree Castle. We were lucky enough to be one of the first couples to get married in the magnificently refurbished Markree. Excellence from beginning to end. Philip, Cora and the entire team were warm, attentive and efficient from the moment we viewed the Castle and the beautiful grounds. Over the course of a couple of months, we observed Markree’s transformation from a construction site to a breath-taking wedding venue. 


Having the entire Castle just for our friends and family made our wedding extra special. We felt completely at home – well if our home was a 14th century castle! We kicked off the celebrations with a prosecco reception, relaxing in the luxurious drawing rooms. We just managed to beat the rain for a couple of group shots with an impressive castle backdrop. The restored dining room is a sight to behold, with incredible attention to detail. 

The chef played a blinder, with every meal more delicious than the next. From the canapés on arrival and 5-course dinner, to the late-night snacks, full Irish breakfast and barbeque, the skill in preparation and the quality of the ingredients was apparent. 
Downstairs, Markree has created a cool evening venue, complete with vaulted dancefloor, gin-bar and chill-out lounge. The guests love exploring all of the nooks and crannies – I can still see my Mam’s face as she discovered the dedicated kitchen with a never-ending supply of tea and coffee!

After a lengthy sing-song, we all headed for our rooms. Everyone loved the individual, spacious bedrooms – each with its own unique feature including free-standing baths, round towers and wonderful views. The bridal apartment is a world unto itself! It is made up of an elegant drawing room and bedroom, and a huge bathroom complete with twin shower and free-standing bath. The original stonework adds a lovely cosy feel to the apartment. 

We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect venue for our wedding and will treasure our memories forever. All of our guests have been singing the praises of Markree Castle, and we’re just trying to come up with an excuse for our next party there! Thanks again to the kind, helpful and professional team.

Karen & Barry, June 2017

Karen & Barry - June 2017
One word - WOW!


Beautiful surroundings, amazing food and fantastic staff.

If you want a fairy tale castle wedding - this is the venue for you.

Myself and my husband had our wedding reception at Markree Castle in June 2017.

There are 30 beautiful bedrooms in the castle. Your guests will feel like Kings & Queens!
This is a private venue , so any guest that is staying there will only be part of your wedding party.

My family and I had the wonderful experience of staying in the Castle the night before the wedding.
The morning of the wedding was the most fantastic experience. 
Myself along with all my friends and family got dolled up in the Billiards room. 
Fiona from Polished Ireland took charge of hair and make up. 
She was the dream team along with Brenda & Nina. I couldn't recommend them highly enough!

If any bride is lucky enough to get ready in Markree the room to get ready in is the Johnny Cash Bedroom - just wow! A super space to get into your dress. Fantastic photo opportunities , both in the room and exiting onto the masterpiece staircase.

On return to the castle following our ceremony our guests were blown away by the beauty of the refurbished venue and gardens. We were all greeted by a champagne & canape reception . They were divine! 

We had our photos taken at the castle. Our photographer was Conor Doherty who has plenty of experience in Markree. His relaxed approach suited myself and my husband. I would recommend him to any friend or family member! The sun shone for us so we were able to use the gardens. We also took advantage of the billiards room, the chapel & grand entrance hall and staircase for some extra photos.

The piece de resistance of Markree Castle is the dining room. It is palatial. The room is split into 4 sections. There is no need to worry about this, the room flows and all guests feel part of the party.
As mentioned above, the food in Markree is amazing and plentiful. No guest will go hungry. Any guest with allergies need not worry, just have a note of their requirements and where they are seated and they will be well looked after and catered for.

The evening entertainment takes place downstairs in the basement. This level has been opened by the Corscadden Family as part of the renovations. You will find a dance floor and 2 bars one of which is a well stocked gin cocktail bar. There is also a kitchen downstairs where any guest can pop into for a cup of tea or water. The evening food is also served in here. We danced the night away to the Bentley Boys.

To Patricia , thank you for making us feel like Markree was our home away from home for the two nights we stayed. 

A special thanks must also be mentioned to Markree's fantastic wedding coordinator Cora. 
From the day we met her for an off spec show around in the newly opened venue she made everything go smoothly and seamlessly. 
Cora's attention to detail and passion will make your wedding day the best day of your life!

A must view for any bride to be!

Karen & Barry 
June 2017

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

Wedding Gallery

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.