Weddings

Weddings at Markree

Markree Castle, with its relaxed atmosphere, picture-perfect 500-acre grounds and luxury accommodation, provides the ideal location to celebrate a wedding, and the freedom to create a wedding you have always dreamed of.

On your wedding day, arrive by wedding car or if you want something more unique, arrive by boat to our boathouse, or by horse and carriage or on horseback through our ‘port la couer’ at the front of the castle.

Part of the uniqueness of Markree is that you and your guests use Markree as you would your own home, with a drinks’ reception in the Grand Hall in front of the fire, a five-course banquet in our unique individual adjoining dining rooms and dancing in the specially designed entertainment suite, which features a Gin and Whiskey bar. It’s like a house party in a castle!

Guests can use our Butlers kitchen – a hidden gem where late night food and the wedding cake are served with tea and coffee, while the wedding couple can relax before dinner with their own private mini bar in our Billiard Room.

Markree Castle is the perfect place for a destination wedding in Ireland. The privacy of up to 210 wedding guests is ensured by the extensive estate and the castle’s countryside location. Each guest is made feel like royalty by not only the extravagant venue, but the exemplary level of service provided by each member of staff. Our award-winning wedding team take the stress out of planning a wedding from abroad – they are always at hand to answer any phone calls, emails, or even video call!

Markree Castle weddings are personal and bespoke, celebrating who you are as a couple. We are here to make your dream wedding come true so enquire HERE to arrange a private or virtual viewing of Markree Castle.

Wedding Packages

Our Markree wedding packages include exclusive use of Markree Castle, which offers a stunning setting with mature trees, a rose garden and grounds along the river Unshin for unforgettable photographs. Our packages also include a dedicated wedding team to advise couples on every aspect of their day. 

The most important part of the package and the real highlight of the day is the five-course wedding banquet. Using only the finest of locally-produced ingredients, we guarantee a superb dining experience for you and your guests.

We offer three different wedding packages at Markree, so there’s a package to suit you to make your dream day a reality. These packages include:

  • The James Joyce Package – from €82 per person
  • The Patrick Kavanagh Package – from €107 per person
  • The W.B. Yeats Package – from €127 per person

To view the Markree Castle Wedding Brochure, click HERE.

To view the 2021/2022 Wedding Packages at the Castle, click HERE.

Each of our bespoke wedding packages include the following:

 

EXCEPTIONAL STYLE

Markree Castle – Exclusively yours! 

Dedicated event managers and wedding team to ease & guide you through the planning of your special day.

CEREMONY OPTIONS

Markree Castle is an approved venue for civil ceremonies, civil partnerships, humanist ceremonies, spiritualist ceremonies and blessings.

Choose to have an outdoor garden terrace or woodland ceremony, or use our onsite chapel.

Our onsite ceremony fee is from €600.

CASTLE RECEPTION

Exclusive use of all reception rooms, Observatory and bars. Selection of homemade canapés with your choice of arrival drinks, still & sparkling filtered water and tea & coffee.

WEDDING BANQUET

A five or six course celebration banquet with various sumptuous options depending on your selected package.

Our vegetarian, vegan and allergens menus are always available, offering all of your guests’ options.

A half bottle of wine per person will be served during your banquet and a prosecco toast will be poured for all guests at speeches.

EVENING RECEPTION

The evening food with tea & coffee is served in our Butlers Kitchen with your wedding cake. Late night bar included & dancing till late.

FIRST DANCE

Have the most amazing first dance in one of our 3 unique locations, under the lights in our courtyard, on the garden terrace or in our woodland area.

DÉCOR

Printed personalised menus and table plan, as well as place names for top table. Printed table names if required, ceremonial sword for cake cutting and microphone available for speeches.

Tables are dressed with gold chiffon cloths, cream lace overlay and gold candelabras. One large floral arrangement in our long gallery, with emphasis put on soft candlelight throughout the castle.

ACCOMMODATION

Markree Castle has 31 unique original castle bedrooms. These are available at a rate of €190 bed & breakfast, based on two people sharing. All rooms must be booked.

Wedding Suite and 2 complimentary rooms included.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Minimum numbers of 140 for Friday, Saturday, Festive dates, and Bank Holiday Sundays.

Minimum numbers of 80 on all other days.
 

PRICING

Each of the wedding packages at Markree Castle have been meticulously crafted to ensure that your special day will stay with you and your guests forever.

OFF PEAK WEDDINGS 

We offer a reduction on package prices and minimum numbers for off peak dates throughout the year.

Civil Ceremonies

For a civil, Humanist or Spiritualist wedding ceremony, you need a venue with a real sense of occasion. Very few places that host wedding receptions can also offer a really special ceremony venue on the premises.

Markree Castle is registered for civil ceremonies and partnerships, which can take place in a choice of five different locations which include two indoor and three outdoor options. 

If you have always dreamt of a traditional wedding, the Chapel will fit your needs perfectly. The Chapel at Markree Castle, which boasts beautiful stained-glass windows and an antique church organ, is the only onsite chapel in an Irish Castle!

Our other indoor ceremony option is among the rich décor in the Grand Hall. This intimate but impressive location is a great choice for Spiritualist and Humanist ceremonies and blessings.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to say your vows amid the beauty of the great outdoors, we have three outdoor locations for you to choose from;

The stunning natural setting of the castle terrace – which overlooks the estate’s manicured lawns, rose garden and wishing well. 

If a woodland setting is what you’re looking for, then underneath the trees in our landscaped forest is a special and intimate location

Or perhaps a ceremony among our manicured gardens may be the perfect spot for you to say “I do”. 


For details on civil ceremonies, please contact the civil registration office in Sligo on 071 915 5115 or visit www.groireland.ie.

Wedding Reviews

Florence & Carlo, September 2020

We had our dream wedding at the amazing Markree Castle back in September and I could not find fault with the whole experience. It's the most stunning castle - on the inside and outside - and it was the perfect backdrop for photos.

We were lucky enough to have our ceremony outside in the gardens and it was so beautiful. I walked from the potting shed (this is a gorgeous apartment attached to the castle and it's where I stayed the night before) to the top of the aisle on a red carpet and the finishing touches to the decor really made the whole setting magical.

The staff had everything covered so I had nothing to worry about. The food was top class. We had requests for vegan and vegetarian meals and nothing was too much for the chef. Everyone is still talking about how good the beef was! And OMG the desserts were out of this world!!

The day was so relaxed and the staff were so lovely and friendly. Deirdre, the wedding coordinator, and Nicholas were amazing to deal with. Deirdre was always on hand to answer my questions in the lead up to the day and on the day itself and she assured me everything was going to work out despite there being so much uncertainty around weddings with COVID-19. She was right and we had the best day of our lives.

Thanks to everyone at Markree Castle. I could not recommend this dream castle enough! AMAZING venue, AMAZING value for money, AMAZING food, AMAZING staff and an all-round magical experience from start to finish. I wish we could do it all again!

Christine & Ciaran, September 2020

It's hard to find the right choice of words for our experience at Markree; exceptional, professional, perfect and fairy-tale however are a few words that come to mind.

We booked our wedding with Markree for September 2020 back in 2018 not knowing what lay ahead with a global pandemic. While 2020 was certainly a difficult year to navigate, the service provided by the team at Markree in the lead up (Deirdre in particular) to the date was amazing. 

Unsure as to whether we should change our date or stick it out and hope restrictions would allow, Deirdre was in regular contact with us to discuss options and how the day might look with reduced numbers. Our mind was well and truly put at ease and we were lucky to go ahead with our date having 50 guests (as opposed to the initial plan of 180).

The day itself was honestly the most perfect day we could have wished for and exceeded our expectations. The service received from arrival to check out was honestly the best service you could ever ask for and they certainly make you feel like VIPs (and this isn't only the wedding couple, guests are also treated this way).

Every individual member of staff deserves recognition as they all went above and beyond to ensure every single person there was looked after, whether a drink needed topping up or they needed direction to a particular area; nothing was too much to ask. On top of that the lovely Roisin was also a hit with the guests and brings an additional warmth to the overall atmosphere.

Although the castle is grand in appearance the interior has such a homely feel and even with 50 guests it didn't feel empty and certainly allowed a more intimate, warm wedding where everyone felt comfortable and at home.

Nicholas and Deirdre were a dream to work with and really made sure our day was a fairy-tale come true. We absolutely loved having them as our wedding venue and cannot wait to visit again. I highly recommend Markree as a wedding venue of choice - you will not be disappointed!

Brian & Kevin, September 2020

We had a really brilliant wedding experience with Markree Castle. Before ever we were faced with changing dates, reducing numbers both Deirdre and Nicholas were excellent for communication, meetings on-site for us to view the venue and rooms and discuss menus. 

With COVID-19 restrictions, they were so accommodating and as our plans were changing even very close to the date it was never a problem. The venue itself is really amazing, you have the castle for yourself and your guests for the whole time. 

We highly recommend checking out Markree for your wedding, you certainly will not be disappointed.

Patrick & Shannon, March 2020

We had our wedding at Markree Castle in March, 2020. It was an absolutely stunning experience and venue. Everyone on staff was amazing. Special call out to Deirdre, Emer, Nicholas and Alex they were always available in helping us plan our wedding from the US. 

Each and every one of them was so gracious and calming throughout the uncertainty we had from planning this from Chicago. They also provide a vendor list, and all of the vendors were incredible and extremely accommodating. This was very important as we planned everything sight unseen via internet and phone calls.

Getting married at the beginning of a global pandemic forced us to change many details at the last minute. Markree was incredibly understanding and worked with us through all of the details. Nothing we suggested was a problem for the team, and they were so accommodating to all our needs and requests.

On the day our guests arrived they were blown away by the venue. Every room at the castle was incredible, and all of our guests had a fantastic 2 day stay. The food was amazing and plentiful, no one went hungry or thirsty throughout their stay. We also absolutely enjoyed the castle grounds and Roisin, their Irish wolfhound.

Everything was absolutely perfect from start to finish. It amazed us both as the bride and groom how the staff made us feel like we were so important in the lead up and on the day. We cannot thank them enough for making our wedding such a magical experience.

Fiona & Caleb, December 2019

If you visit Markree you will be asking for available dates before you leave. If you had to do everything yourself your wedding day would still be incredible because the venue is just that good. Of course you don't have to worry about anything because Deirdre, Nicholas and the entire team have everything covered. 

From start to finish, with regular check-ins, tastings, updates, etc. you just share how you want everything, who your vendors are etc and they look after it all. Have 100 last minute changes or requests? No problem, all will be taken care of.

The Castle is obviously the most incredible thing about Markree but a very close 2nd is the team, and the food. One tip I would have for couples getting married to ask for the checklist upfront so you can work off that, this is just 1 A4 page and once your check list is complete your wedding day is planned! We can't wait to come back as guests! Thank so much to the whole team!

Gráinne & Ed, December 2019

From the moment we got engaged and started to plan our wedding day we were both in agreement that we wanted to give all the special people in our lives a special treat and ensure they were wined and dined for the day.

We initially began our wedding venue hunt ruling out Markree as an option as one of our best friends had their wedding there and we wanted to do something different, however after travelling around the West of Ireland looking at venues we soon realised nothing was going to compare to Markree, and we were blessed to have a dream wedding venue on our doorstep in beautiful Sligo.

One of the most unique aspects about Markree compared to other venues was the team, and the fact that you could do so many personalised touches to make the venue yours on the day. Nothing we suggested was a problem for the team, and they were so accommodating to all our random ideas.

On the day our guests were blown away but the venue, the overall experience was compared as something out of a Hollywood movie! Everything was absolutely perfect from start to finish.

It amazed us both as the bride and groom how the staff made us feel like we were so important in the lead up and on the day when they have so many other weddings happening.

A highlight of the day was definitely our first dance outside in the courtyard underneath the fairy lights and stars which was break-taking. We could have travelled anywhere in the world for our wedding day and I truly believe nothing could have compared to the experience we and our guests had.

Laura & Fraser, December 2019

We got married in Markree Castle in December 2019. We simply cannot recommend Markree enough. The castle and grounds are truly spectacular and a splendid backdrop for a wedding. The castle itself, although huge in size had a such a warm and homely feel, it was a chilly December day and the castle was warm and toasty. 

All of our guests were raving about their rooms, they are just fantastic. The food was exquisite, our guests were in awe of it. It wasn't the run of the mill “wedding food” but restaurant quality food. From the canapés to the dinner to the midnight feast, every morsel was delicious and hoovered up. The wine, bubbly and cocktails were also incredibly good (possibly too good, judging by the heads the next day)

What made Markree so special was the dedicated team taking care of us. They were remarkable, from management, Deirdre and Nicholas to the amazing chef, to the attentive reception team and the fantastic servers. Everyone was so professional, friendly, helpful and our guests were pleasantly surprised by the level of attentiveness. Thank you to all at Markree for such an amazing wedding. If we could do it all again, we would!!!

Clare & Vinnie, December 2019

We got married in Markree Castle in December 2019. One word – Magical. Beautiful setting, amazing food, outstanding staff and service. Our experience was amazing from the first moment we met Deirdre and the team. If you want a fairy-tale castle venue like no other Markree Castle is the venue for you. We can’t recommend it highly enough.

Seóna & David, November 2019

We had our wedding at Markree Castle in November 2019. All we can say is that everything was spectacular! Nicholas, Deirdre, Alex, Emer and the team were incredibly professional and friendly and couldn’t do enough for you! There are very few words to describe how wonderful everyone at Markree Castle is! They made the whole wedding planning process so easy and kept surprising us on the day with little details.

Our guests keep saying how wonderful Markree Castle is and how wonderful the staff are. We cannot recommend Markree Castle enough! Please get in touch with them if you’re considering getting married there! They will help make your day so special and certainly not one to forget. Thank you to all the team at Markree!

Caroline & Declan, October 2019

We could not recommend Markree Castle highly enough. Deirdre, Nicholas and the entire team were a pleasure to deal with. We landed up to them in January with no idea of when we wanted to get married, how many people, whether we wanted our ceremony on site or anything else about planning a wedding other than knowing without a doubt we loved the castle and had to have our reception there. They were so helpful meeting us several times, sharing ideas, supplier lists, helping us plan the timing of events throughout the day, numerous questions answered while never putting us under any pressure - nothing was too much trouble for them.

We were also lucky enough to attend the first food tasting just before our wedding menu had to be chosen which was a great help when making those all-important choices and I can say on the day itself our wedding food was just amazing, our guests are still raving about the venue and the food. The lovely Roisin (their Irish wolfhound) was a complete charmer too posing for photos with our guests - be sure to find her if you visit. So in summary, Markree Castle, the venue, the food and the amazing staff made our dream wedding come true - you won’t be disappointed.

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FAQ

Accommodation

How many people can Markree Castle accommodate overnight?

In total, 110 -120 people. We have 30 bedrooms directly in the castle; a one-bedroom luxury apartment to the side of the castle and located to the back of the castle are self-catering apartment blocks which sleep up to 55 people also.

Do I have to fill all of the rooms?

Yes, all bedrooms must be taken on the night of a function. Please consult with our wedding co-ordinator if you have queries in relation to this.

Is breakfast included in the overnight rate?

Yes, all our rates include breakfast, which is served from 9-10.30am.

Is there extra accommodation locally/nearby?

Yes, we have many local accommodation listings. Please ask our wedding co-ordinator for these.

Reception/Banquet

How long do you spend in the lounges for the drinks reception?

Generally, one hour and thirty minutes to two hours is sufficient for a drinks reception. 

What time are guests called to the main banquet?

This can be worked out depending on travel and marriage times, but most eat between 5pm & 6pm.

May I bring in my own wine?

You may bring your own wine and a corkage fee applies, this may be used for the meal only.

Can I upgrade elements of the menu?

Yes, additions and personal preferences are worked out with you.

How many people can you accommodate in the function room for the wedding meal?

The function room takes up to 210 wedding guests. Children may eat downstairs in our Butler’s Kitchen, once supervised.

What time is the bar open until?

As the venue operates as a private function there is a late-night bar included in the package until 4am.
 

Can I take elements of the packages away, or add others?

Generally speaking, we will do our best to accommodate your specific requirements. The first step will be for us to understand your needs by arranging a meeting with your Markree Castle wedding co-ordinator and from that, we can guide you on what can be done.

Booking Your Wedding

When I place a provisional booking, how long do I have before I’m expected to confirm the booking with a deposit?

We are happy to hold a date for two weeks, after which we require a deposit to confirm your booking. Dates cannot be held after this time without a deposit.

What is the deposit?

A non-refundable deposit of €3,000 is required to secure your wedding date. We reserve the right to request a further €3,000 six months before the wedding date. *A deposit can be refundable in the event that we sell the wedding date again.

What are your check-in and check-out times?

Check-in from 3pm strictly and rooms are not guaranteed ready until this time. Check-out is 12 noon.

Is there a church nearby?

There are plenty of churches in the area and we are happy to assist you with this.

What do we need to do to have our ceremony at Markree Castle?

You need to register with the local registrar and we are happy to assist you with this.

How long does the civil ceremony last?

Most last in the region of 30 minutes.

Can I invite extra evening guests?

Yes, you can invite up to 60 extra evening guests.

Do you have a list of local suppliers/vendors?

Yes, we do have a list of recommended local wedding suppliers/vendors. Click HERE to view our wedding suppliers list.