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Dromoland Castle, County Clare, Republic of Ireland

Sumptuous suites, antique chandeliers, open fires and sweeping staircases make this 5* hotel a right royal choice. It was the ancestral home of the kings of Thomond and activities on offer include falconry, cycling and fishing. B&B doubles from £200 per night. [Photo: Dromoland Castle]

12 castles for a Beauty and the Beast-style stay

Ellie Ross

A monstrous-looking prince and a beautiful young woman who fall in love inside an enchanted castle… Beauty and the Beast is back. The new film, starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast, hits UK cinemas today. And if it leaves you feeling inspired to book your own trip to a magical castle, look no further. We’ve found some of the best castles in the UK and Europe that promise to deliver a true fairytale stay.

From Scotland to Switzerland, vineyards to lakes, here are 12 enchanted castles ideal for a Beauty and the Beast stay. So get channeling your inner Belle.

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