The decision to include Wilton Castle into my book of Ireland's Top 100 Attractions didn't take me that long to decide and after you have visited, you'll know exactly why. As I drove up the fairly short driveway, the house crept up on me like a thief in the night and as soon as I saw the castles large turrets, I had to stop my vehicle to take in the sight that befell me, it was simply breathtaking. Wilton Castle isn't your usual style attraction where you can simply just turn up and have a look round, it is a small hotel with 4 luxury suites and when I say luxury, I mean luxury. Sumptuous duvets, fine furnishings and very tasteful decor all add to the experience that staying in this 700 year old castle offers. Staying at a castle like this is simply a rare treat and every care and attention has gone into making sure that your visit here will be one that you will remember for a long time.
Once checked in, you truly are lord of the own manor for the night and part of what is a very intriguing story within Irish history. However, having said all that, the castles owner Sean Windsor is not opposed to people walking through the castles parkland, just please remember that part of the estate is used for farming purposes and large farming machinery may be in use at some part of your visit. I have to really applaud Sean for his drive and enthusiasm for this old property. We are all custodians of what we own, but Sean has put everything into bringing the Wilton Castle you see today back to life and for this very reason we have chosen Wilton Castle to be not only one of our Top 100 Attractions in Ireland, but also to receive two of our hidden gems, for Historical Importance and Heritage.
Attraction,Hotels in Co. Wexford
Situated on the banks of the Boro River, in the heart of County Wexford, Wilton Castle is surrounded by open parkland and quiet wooded countryside. A part of the local landscape since 1247, when the first fortified tower was built on the land, Wilton Castle has a long tradition of hospitality. The grounds were open to the public in the 1800s, which prompted one observer in 1852 to write that ‘not only are strangers permitted to walk over the grounds but even their horses are cared for’.Although visitors now come to Wilton Castle by car, this beautiful castle with its soaring chimney stacks and turreted towers, once again opens its doors. Wilton Castle has been lovingly restored from ruin by its present owner and can now be enjoyed as a private self hire venue, ideal for holidays, weddings and those special occasions.