A Good Knight’s Sleep

Whether you’re a history buff or have just always wondered what it might feel like to be royalty, you may have dreamed about spending the night in a real castle. Thankfully there are plenty of castles around the world — including many here in the states — where you can actually stay overnight. These include both hotel-like accommodations and vacation rentals courtesy of Airbnb and Vrbo, and both affordable options and worthwhile splurges here in the United States and around the world. So dust off your royal robes, saddle up your horse, and get ready for a quest to some of the coolest castles in the world.

Prices and availability are subject to change. Kris Scott contributed to this story.

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Ashford Castle

Cong, Ireland

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Ireland’s spectacular and massive Ashford Castle began as a mansion in 1228 and expanded over the centuries, and was once home to the Guinness family. Surrounded by 300 acres of ancient woodlands, the fully restored castle features 83 luxury rooms and suites, plus a hideaway cottage. You’ll also find a spa, on-site dining (including the dramatic Dungeon bistro), a movie theater, and plenty of outdoor activities, including the oldest falconry school in Ireland.