Carton House, A Fairmont-Managed Hotel, Inducted Into Historic Hotels Worldwide

By Robert McHugh
Carton House, A Fairmont-Managed Hotel, Inducted Into Historic Hotels Worldwide

Carton House, a Fairmont-Managed Hotel, in Maynooth, County Kildare, has been inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide, the official programme of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (United States of America) for recognising and celebrating the finest historic hotels around the globe.

The origins of the hotel date back to the early eighteenth century, when Robert FitzGerald, 19th Earl of Kildare, developed the current structure.

The FitzGeralds

The earl himself hailed from one of the most prominent families in Ireland, the FitzGeralds, who had originally helped knight Richard de Clare conquer the island during the twelfth century.

The Palladian mansion is set on 1,100 acres of Kildare parkland, with plenty of nature and wildlife to be enjoyed.

‘Unique Historic Destination’

“Historic Hotels Worldwide is honoured to induct Carton House, a Fairmont-Managed Hotel, which was originally built as a palatial estate in 1739,” said Lawrence Horwitz, executive vice-president of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide.


“We commend the Mullen family, their leadership team, and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts for their careful historic preservation work – stewardship and vision that will allow future generations of travellers to experience this unique historic destination.”

Cultural Travel

Historic Hotels Worldwide is a collection of historic establishments, including hotels, castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging, spanning ten centuries.

The organisation promotes heritage and cultural travel across more than ten centuries in 47 countries around the world.

Condé Nast Traveller

Carton House, a Fairmont-Managed Hotel, was recognised in the Condé Nast Traveller 2023 Readers’ Choice Award in September.

The resort ranked number five in the top hotels in Ireland.