The Island Waterford − Ireland
Throughout the centuries, the Island's strategic location, in a pivotal position near Waterford City, brought it historical fame playing a major role in the history of the region.
From the 6th century settlement of Monks to the Vikings in the 9th - 11th Centuries. Followed by Norman Invasion of 1170 were Maurice Fitzgerald became the potentate of the Island and the Fitzgerald family legacy lasted for over 800 years.
Steeped in Irish history, the site of Waterford Castle settled from ancient times, was ancestral home of the Fitzgerald Family for 800 years this enchanting Island surrounded by the River Suir, was fashioned by nature, sheltered and secure.
With the change of ownership in March 2015 the Castle has undergone an extensive refurbishment. The owner & his team are breathing new life into the resort, from creating Island walkways to restoring the 16th century Castle hotel, Waterford. They're also busy redecorating the 45 self catering lodges & the King's Channel Club house. While maintaining the Castle’s integrity from repointing the exterior stonework to refurbishments of the interior rooms, and adding new elements of luxuries.
The refurbishment encompasses the restoration of the priceless antiques to their previous glory, reupholstering the items of historic value and procuring new period décor, with each addition decided by the Castle as it dictates what it will allow into it’s great halls & rooms. Ongoing refurbishment & restoration are planned for the Island Resort with the restoration of the extensive farm buildings & a new spa opening in the near
Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort is set on an enchanted 310-acre Private Island, accessible via a short crossing on the resort's private car ferry over the King’s Channel.
A jewel in Ireland's Ancient East, the Island Resort offers the very best of Irish hospitality on the most beautiful surroundings imaginable.
Our historic 16th Century luxury Castle hotel, Waterford, combines the gracious living of an elegant past with every modern comfort & conveyance.
Come and enjoy our Castle's Munster Room award winning restaurant, as critically acclaimed in the 2015 Michelin Guide. It's guaranteed to satisfy every food lover's palate and create a truly memorable experience. Or, visit our Fitzgerald Bar which houses the finest Irish whiskey collection.
Located just ten minutes from Waterford City, and ninety minutes from Dublin airport, Waterford Castle Resort is a destination not to be missed.
For the ultimate golfing experience that will stay with you for a lifetime, Waterford Castle truly is an island dream! The unique Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Club is Ireland’s only true island golf resort. Completely detached from the mainland yet ideally located for an Irish golfing vacation or exploring the many Irish golf courses nearby.
Designed by renowned former Ryder Cup player, Des Smyth, former Ryder Cup player, and opened in 1992, this 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, complete with luxurious clubhouse utilizes the natural landscape of the Island.
The layout of the golf course reveals attractive rolling fairways and subtle contoured greens, which magnificently blend into the natural landscape. A number of man-made features further accentuate the Island’s beauty including four additional water features on the second, third, fourth and sixteenth hole, which are both aesthetically pleasing while providing golfers with added challenges! The golf course also boasts its own Swilken Bridge.
Our 16th Century Castle’s standard rooms are elegantly decorated with an old world charm, combined with luxurious furnishings and antiques, a backdrop to the Castle’s grand stone windows and original designed rooms. The perfect place to relax and unwind away from the modern world yet surrounded by very modern comfort & convenience.
Our Castle’s deluxe rooms exude old world grandeur, with elegant decoration and beautiful antiques complementing the old world style and charm of our 16th Century Castle
Our Deluxe Suites are individually decorated with no two alike, with opulent furnishings and period decor, will take you back in time to the old world style. Each suite has numerous windows with spectacular views of the grounds, hundred year old trees and our wildlife. The living room provides the perfect haven for an afternoon of relaxation or embroidery, as it was the embroidery room back in the day. Each suite is rich in history, style and comfort.
Fit for the King & Queen of the Castle the Presidential Suite offers an old world style and luxury on a grand scale. Lavishly decorated with antique furnishings, presidential paintings, Waterford Crystal chandeliers & Waterford Crystal lamps and an intricately carved grand four poster bed. You may never want to leave.
Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is uniquely situated on a private 310 acre Island, enjoying a truly picturesque and enchanting location of the surrounding River Suir and country side.
Our guests enjoy exclusive use of the Castle & 19 uniquely designed bedrooms of distinct character & charm, traditional fabrics and exquisite furnishings. At Waterford Castle we can cater for a maximum of 120 Guests.
Whether you are dreaming of an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, your wedding will be tailored to reflect your personal preferences.
Waterford Castle Hotel is a magical location in which to hold your private civil ceremony, civil partnership, vow renewal, commitmeent ceremony or wedding blessing. Where better to exchange your vows than in the grand entrance hall of the 16th century castle, in front of the stunning open fireplace in the company of close family & friends or outside in our extensive grounds.
Age old hospitality and a reputation for exceptional service, coupled with a truly unique location makes Waterford Castle the ideal venue for an unforgettable Wedding Day. Whether your dream day is small & intimate or something more extravagant, Waterford Castle is the perfect setting in which to say 'I do'.
Legal civil ceremonies can be hosted seven days a week and our experienced staff are always on hand to advise and guide you through all of the alternatives when hosting your ceremony on The Island.
The award winning Munster Room Restaurant at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort was awarded 2 AA Rosettes in 2001 and currently continues this elite standard further confirmed with multiple awards and as critically acclaimed in the 2015 Michelin Guide.
With its warm ambience, wonderful oak paneled walls, ornate ceiling, and further complemented by an extensive wine cellar and exciting seasonal menus.
Dining at Waterford Castle provides an opportunity to taste the best of traditional and contemporary Irish cuisine, under the direction of the newly appointed Head Chef Stan Cicon. Originally from Slovakia, Stan spent the last ten years in Ireland and trained at Waterford Castle. Stan held the position of Sous Chef at Waterford Castle and in 2015 moved to The Micheline Restaurant Chapter One, Dublin, for further experience. 2018 brings the return of Stan as Resort Head Chef, his artistic vision for the Resort and his dynamic team promise an exciting new chapter for Waterford Castle's cuisine.
Relax and enjoy the surroundings of the King's Channel Clubhouse, overlooking the first tee of our 18-hole championship golf course.
The Clubhouse offers an informal dining menu that caters for all tastes - from a light snack to a sumptuous evening meal.
The Clubhouse is also available for any event, catering from 20-140 guests.
Personalised Menu’s can be provided to ensure you and your guest’s needs are catered for.
Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Waterford Castle Hotel. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, and the best possible rate, because you are dealing directly with the hotel.
Bear in mind that websites set up to give an automatic answer, work with allocated quotas given by the hotel, therefore when it appears there are no rooms available for the date you want, this is not necessarily true, because they never allocate ALL the rooms to third parties.
Please note that we are accessed by a car ferry which does restrict larger transport vehicles due to tides.
From Cork N25
At first roundabout approaching Waterford City, take signs for Waterford Regional Hospital and Dunmore East. Continue for 6 miles until you arrive at Waterford Regional Hospital. At roundabout keep right, continue on this round for 1 miles passing 2 pedestrian lights, at the next traffic lights turn left. Continue on this road until you see the ferry crossing to the Island and Waterford Castle Golf Club.
From Dublin N9
Turn right, at the train station roundabout, on to bridge over the River Suir. Turn left at next lights on to the City quay, continue down the quay in the left-hand lane, past the Tower Hotel. At the lights immediately after the Tower Hotel turn left on to the Dunmore Road, continue past the park, and bear left at the college. At first mini roundabout turn left, continue through next two roundabouts passing the shopping centre on the right and the hospital on the left. Turn left after pedestrian crossing and continue on this road until you see the ferry crossing to the Island and Waterford Castle Golf Club.
From Rosslare & Wexford
Turn left, at the train station, on to the bridge over the River Suir. Continue with the directions as from Dublin.
Waterford to… Distance Travel Time
Dublin 100 miles 2.5 hrs
Cork 78 miles 2.0 hrs
Shannon 100 miles 3.0 hrs
Larne 225 miles 6 hrs
Rosslare 50 miles 1.25 hrs