Bellingham Castle

Welcome to Bellingham

Located in the heart of the medieval village of Castlebellingham in Co Louth and approached via a private, tree-flanked driveway, the 17th century Bellingham Castle is the centrepiece of a 17 acre estate. Set on the banks of the River Glyde, just 45 minutes from Dublin and 1 hour from Belfast, our estate includes a weir and man-made river island with footbridges, mature trees and formal lawns and gardens. The entrance to Bellingham Castle is via a beautiful stone tower and gate lodge, built by Sir Henry Bellingham in 1880, and a long avenue flanked by tall broad leaf trees.

The Castle sits just above the River Glyde and steps lead to the water’s edge and to a beautiful weir with footbridges and walkways. A millrace diverted from the river forms a long wooded island with a splendid weeping willow hanging over the weir. Sweeping lawns wrap around the castle and have been landscaped with herbaceous borders, cherry blossom trees and stud railing. The wonderful ivy clad castle provides superb accommodation and banqueting facilities, and enjoys a reputation as one of the best wedding venues in Ireland.

Our formal drawing rooms, cosy library, bars and reception hall are ideal for private weddings, civil partnerships and corporate events while our nineteen bedrooms are rich in history, style and comfort. Available exclusively to you and your guests, Bellingham Castle is the perfect venue for creating amazing memories of your dream wedding day.

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Your Castle Wedding

Bellingham Castle is an exclusive and romantic castle wedding venue where you and your guests can enjoy a magical day in complete privacy. The relaxing surroundings, the friendly staff, the sumptuous Bute Suite, the nineteen luxury bedrooms, and fine food and wine will ensure that you have an unforgettable experience. Our BLISSFUL BELLIGHAM wedding package is designed to offer you and your guests an unforgettable day and night.

A WEDDING VENUE OF CHOICE SINCE 1905 In 1905, Bellingham Castle was the venue for the romantic wedding celebrations of Augusta Mary Monica Bellingham, daughter of Sir Alan Bellingham, 4th Baronet, to the 4th Marquis of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart. The Marquis, who was one of the wealthiest men in the British Isles at the time, spared no expense and treated his bride and guests to a lavish celebration, including chartering the Princess Maud steamer to take their guests and the Isle of Bute pipe band across the Irish Sea to Bellingham Castle for the wedding. As the society event of the year, the wedding attracted the world’s media attention, from California to New Zealand. Footage from the wedding festivities still exists. This remarkable film is believed to the UK's earliest wedding film. It can be viewed on the Scotland on Screen website here. Bellingham Castle is clearly depicted in the footage together with scenes at Kilsaran Church and nearby Annagassan from where the wedding party and their guests arrived and departed by steamer. Today, more than a century later, Bellingham Castle is still an exclusive castle wedding venue.

WEDDING MENUS Our chefs at Bellingham Castle and Cabra Castle, are renowned for their culinary creativity and use of fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. Our Blissful Bellingham package offers an extensive array of dishes to choose from. For further details and rates at Bellingham Castle please contact us.

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GPS Coordinates N52 15 22 W9 38 50

From Dublin

Take the M1 north. Exit at Junction 15 (Castlebellingham/Tallanstown) and follow the signs for Castlebellingham along Station Road. Continue into the village and turn right onto Main Street (R132). The entrance to Bellingham Castle is further along Main Street on the right beside a large stone entrance tower..

From Belfast

Take the M1 south Exit at Junction 15 (Castlebellingham/Tallanstown) Follow the signs for Castlebellingham along Station Road Continue into the village and turn right onto Main Street (R132) The entrance to Bellingham Castle is further along Main Street on the right beside a large stone entrance tower.

Distance from Bellingham Castle to:

-Dundalk 12km
-Drogheda 24km
-Newgrange 31km
-Navan 45km
-Dublin 56km
-Dublin Airport 61km
-Belfast International Airport 97km
-Shannon Airport 297km
-Cork Airport 313km