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  • ProctorParquette
    Manchester, New Hampshire117 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wish we got to see more
    Tour only gave you a glimpse into the castle. Since people still live there, it's understandable but disappointing after paying for what I thought would be a full castle tour. Learning about the history was interesting but a bit long. I've never toured a castle where they had the current residents' furnishings, decorations, and even pictures. Kind of weird, but good in a way. An interesting modern history of how the current owner remade the castle into a music venue. I lived hearing about U2 recording there in the 80s.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Happiness202515
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    Definitely worth a stop! Interesting tour, lovely whiskey, and extremely helpful staff. I made an error with my reservation and was told I could email the castle on a weekday and they would work with the 3rd party booking company. I did that and had a credit the same day!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Andrew O
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private tour
    we arranged a private tour and then dinner. The tour guide was brilliant, funny and educational with a deep knowledge of the place and its long and shorter term history. The stories of the fire damage in particular were amazing. The meal that followed was also excellent ( one of our party is a top level chef and confirmed this) and with excellent and attentive staff. Only thing i didnt like was the dark decor and lighting in the Gandon room, but thats not going to stop me coming back. Highly recommended
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Siobhan Murphy
    Dublin, Ireland8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon tea treat.
    We went for afternoon tea yesterday. We were greeted at the gate by Gavin and that was the start of our amazing experience. Tea was served in the ballroom which was magnificently decorated for Christmas. The old silver candelabras added to the ambiance. The food was an excellent selection of sandwiches, scones, beautiful pastries and chocolate treats. A great choice of tea blends. There was a choice of prosecco or delicious sparkling lavender water. Erica took wonderful care of us . She was knowledgeable and attentive and appeared to really enjoy her job. After tea there were carols and the lighting of the beautiful yew tree in the courtyard. Gavin then gave us a very informative and interesting tour of the castle. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and really can not recommend it enough. Enjoy.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Tom K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slane Christmas Fair
    Big kudos to Cheryl & Shiyra and their wider team at Slane Castle! An incredibly well run & organised Christmas Fair, it was a pleasure to be part of it. A most thouraghly enjoyable day.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written December 18, 2023
  • Olive G
    Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing, well run Christmas Market
    I took part in the amazing Slane Castle Christmas Market last weekend. It was a pleasure to be part of this lovely showcase, of small Irish businesses. The organisation was superb and the friendliness that was shown by the Events Team was exemplary. A credit to all involved. Thank you. Olive.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written December 18, 2023
  • motorcar1
    Dublin, Ireland14,174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slane Castle visit
    Went for a drive today and decide to go to Slane and where is better to visit than the famous Slane Castle, home of Lord Montcharles and his family and venue for many famous music concerts over the years. The Slane Distillery is there too and you can do the distillery tour, which we have not done yet. We had coffee in the bar and a lovely walk in the grounds.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
  • zahra t
    Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon Tea Delight
    We visited Slane Castle the weekend of Valentines Day. The afternoon tea package came with a tour, and it was a fantastic experience. The “ballroom” is such a romantic and picturesque location. The tour was very engaging and very knowledgeable about the castle’s history.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2024
  • Cynthia L
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Traditional Place Responding To Contemporary Pressures
    We went multiple times for Sunday brunch and to explore the grounds. I believe each time, I had the best cappuccino in Ireland! The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was enchanting. We were treated like royalty by Cheryl and the rest of the staff. We travel off season, for the month of March. Hence miss out on some experiences. Yet we remain in one community and explore the region with day trips and hikes. The first Sunday, the family near us shared excellent insights about areas we may enjoy exploring. Also, some chat about politics Irish Life vs American Life. Hence, I developed a great deal of attachment to Slane Castle. Every walk we would run into locals. Once a couple with a small child who were out enjoying the grounds. Always great talks discovering more to do that we might explore. I wanted to return our last Sunday in Ireland. As I came out of the restroom, my husband was talking to Matthew, who was about to begin a tour and invited us. I almost said no, because I was filled with emotion about our time there and could feel myself tearing up. However I agreed, and it was the Matthew, us and another gentleman, who eventually had to exit the tour. Matthew was incredibly engaging, knowledgeable as well as respectful. I mentioned something he said that reminded me of a section in a book I was reading. He instantly asked, “Oh, what are you reading?”, which then lead to wonderful conversation that was a true dialogue about some complex issues. Truly back and forth. I was able to share some things in my head, that Mathew heard with his heart. He shared some insights and encouragement that still echo in my heart. I’m so grateful we experienced the tour, but more importantly our time with Matthew was precious.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Social Events I
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you can please eighty women at the same time, it has to be good!
    We hosted an event for our Association in the Castle and all 80 members who attended couldn't have been more impressed. They manage to pull off the perfect mix of professional service while still maintaining the atmosphere that you are being hosted at home. Not easy to do. The venue itself is authentically prestigious without being ostentatious. The staff are efficient, helpful, professional and warm and friendly. The food was delicious and the presentation was excellent. We were "delighted with ourselves". Can't wait to go back!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written April 22, 2024
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James M
Athy, Ireland28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Our tour guide William was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Slane Castle and its residents. He made the tour fascinating for all age groups. The tour took us through various rooms and through the many facets of the castle as rock venue and restoration project. The Slane distillery is also onsite but was unfortunately closed due to COVID 19 restrictions but that gives us another excuse to visit again. Do bring a mask, you will be politely asked to wear one.
Written July 19, 2020
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,858 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This was our 2nd stop of 5 on a 130 km tour north of Dublin. We crossed the 2003 Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge on the M 1 and drove 12 km west on N 51 to this 1785 castle built by the Cunynghams. We parked at the closed Irish Whiskey Distillery entrance for our photo noting it was open on the weekends and for those large concerts for up to 80,000 goers.
Written May 31, 2022
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deborahf780
Bath, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
This is a magnificent castle, it is packed full of exquisite art and phenomenal architecture, especially the Ballroom! Words can't really do it any justice to be honest, this has to be seen in the flesh.

The tour was very interesting and Tina was extremely knowledgeable of the castle and its history. You could tell that she really loved it.
The group was very small and she catered her tour of the castle to both young and old, even my 3yr old and 1yr old!

This castle is steeped in musical history and Tina had many a story to tell, a must see for any music lover!

This castle is not your average huge commercial castle tour, it is welcoming and personable, you can tell that this castle is a well loved family home. We even bumped into Alex, the Earl of Mount Charles and his family out walking their soggy dogs after they took a dip in the Boyne. Such a down to earth lovely family.

I would highly recommend the castle tour and taking a walk down by the Boyne. I look forward to visiting the Slane Distillery tour, well maybe without my 1 & 3yr old!!!
Written April 16, 2022
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Breda Buckley
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
This is not a festival. 60eu for a family to walk through a field with very little going on. Foolishly we decided to have a drink at the bar before leaving. After 10 mins of being ignored and watching the staff chat to their friends at another table we left. Very very dissapointed with this "festival". The venue has such potential for something great. I can't imagine anyone who paid for this left feeling satisfied.
Written October 29, 2021
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Julie A
Dublin, Ireland13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Food truck at Slane Castle was literally the worst and most overpriced food I've ever purchased. The person on the truck described the sandwiches as pulled pork when in fact they were room temperature thick fatty slices of porcetta on stale foccacia. The sausage rolls were also room temperature. €60 worth of food that went straight in the bin and we had to stop at inside out in the village instead. How the health inspector hasn't closed them down for serving luke warm pork I don't understand.
Written September 6, 2021
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crazygame
Drogheda, Ireland16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
"Celtic Tiger" is well and truly back. Attended the "Púca Festival" for Halloween at Slane Castle. €65 for the family to walk a few hundred metres through some lights in the forest. Light show projected onto the castle was very impressive but for €65 (including a booking fee on top of the charge) I'd expect a some interactive activities, story telling or some value for money. Call me old fashioned! The "walk" leads you back to the courtyard where you have the opportunity if you want to be stripped of some more money for overpriced and very average food and drink fare. Avoid!
Written October 24, 2021
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland5,329 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The tour lasts about one hour. The first 30 mins of so are spend in the first room where you watch a introductory video (about 15 mins) and get more background from the tour guide.

You then visit 3 more rooms (dining room, sitting room and ballroom) and a hallway. There is lots of information but very little to actually see. Tickets cost €14 so this really is not great value for money.

On another note, out tour guide (Padraig) was excellent. Again just a pity you cannot see more of the castle.
Written May 15, 2022
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Cynthia L
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We’re here off-season, so it took us 3 trips to the grounds to get it correct. When to show up for a meal & where. It was well worth the effort. The place is magical with its history & elegance. The food was outstanding in value & quality. Service impeccable. Everyone kept saying, “Ya haf ta go der, U2 played there!” I love U2 as much as anyone, but I kinda avoid places when I get too much of that. Someone famous likes that a U2 will too! The grounds are stunning and there is a lengthy list of outdoor concerts hosted there. Reading the list, I got kind of melancholy thinking how wonderful it must be to experience any concert there. Took me right to that place in my soul of the outdoor venues I’ve experienced beautiful music. We choose to travel off season, and my guess is the place is vibrant and bustling in the summer months. The seating was tight, but we were in a cozy spot. Connected to a wonderful soulful Irish family. Chatted it up about everything, from the food to politics etc. They looked into our eyes and gave us wonderful advice about other places we’d enjoy! Thanks for the “Hill of Slane” recommendation guys! We were truly blessed by you taking us into your brunch conversation 🥰
Written March 24, 2023
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland14,174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Slane Castle is still the home of Lord Henry Mountcharles and the the famous Slane Concerts. The Castle looks amazing as you cross the Boyne Bridge entering Slane. Well worth a visit.
Written June 3, 2020
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Social Events I
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
We hosted an event for our Association in the Castle and all 80 members who attended couldn't have been more impressed. They manage to pull off the perfect mix of professional service while still maintaining the atmosphere that you are being hosted at home. Not easy to do.

The venue itself is authentically prestigious without being ostentatious.
The staff are efficient, helpful, professional and warm and friendly.
The food was delicious and the presentation was excellent.

We were "delighted with ourselves".

Can't wait to go back!
Written April 22, 2024
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