Ashford Castle

County Mayo, Ireland

Virtuoso Amenities

For 2020 & 2021:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full Irish breakfast daily included in rates served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
VIBE: Sophisticated
Adventure Golf Seclusion

Ashford Castle

County Mayo,
Nearest Airport:
Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC)
32 mi / 51 km

Hotel Features

At the Hotel


  • Air Conditioning
  • Children's Programs
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Pet Friendly
  • Shopping


  • Concierge Desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning/Pressing
  • Room Service 24-hours
  • Turndown Service
  • Wakeup Calls
  • Wedding Services

  • Bicycle Rental
  • Fitness Center
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Jacuzzi/Whirlpool
  • Water Sports

In Your Room
  • Bathrobes
  • Butler Service
  • Hair Dryer

About Us

This 13th century Castle is located 45 minutes from Galway city. Once the Estate of Lord Ardilaun and the Guinness family, Ashford opened as a luxury hotel in 1939. In 2013 Ashford Castle became part of the Red Carnation Collection, who began a loving restoration project and now offers 82 bespoke bedrooms and a lakeside Hideaway Cottage. Dining options include formal in the George V to casual in the Dungeon or Cullen’s at the Cottage or private dining in the Wine Cellar. There is a 32 seat cinema, a library, Spa, Billiard’s room, Cigar terrace and beautiful public lounges with complimentary high speed wifi throughout.

The Ashford Estate offers an extensive range of activities including Orvis fly fishing to Ireland’s first school of falconry. Evocative of an elegant and bygone age and yet perfectly adapted to the needs of this modern one, Ashford is the oldest castle hotel in Ireland, voted Best of the Best by Virtuoso in 2015 and Best Resort in the UK and Ireland by Travel + Leisure 2016.

Best of the Best

Through the grand stone gates, a royal adventure begins. This remarkable 800-year-old castle, widely recognized as Ireland’s top castle destination and once home to the Guinness family, is exceptional in every sense. Set in 350 acres of woodland on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo, the property has received multiple awards and accolades. Enjoy extraordinary dining experiences and fine Irish cuisine, watch hawks soar at Ireland’s first school of falconry, and restore inner peace at the state-of-the-art spa. Warm smiles from the extraordinary characters of the castle will greet you at every turn.

Advisor Tip

The memorable Hawk Walk at Ireland School of Falconry is an activity you simply can't do at home & one that will have you wanting your own hawk when you're done. –Paula Iwanski Orlando, Florida

Health & Safety

We'd like to share with you some of the new COVID-19 steps and procedures we have implemented to give you peace of mind when returning to Ashford Castle. Please click on the link below for details.

Wellbeing at Ashford Castle


Ashford Castle, member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection part of the TTC family of brands, works in partnership with its non-profit TreadRight Foundation,, to make travel matter by improving local communities, planetary health and global wildlife conservation efforts.

In 2015, the 800-year-old Ashford Castle completed a five-year restoration programme, elevating the castle back to its former glory. More than 800 windows were carefully replaced, as well as 1,000 square metres of lead roofing, hand cut by expert local lead workers. In addition to the historical significance of this project, the local people were also positively impacted through greater employment opportunities and investment made within local community.

Ashford Castle is part of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, which includes some of the planet’s most treasured places, while helping to protect them for generations to come. The Unique Lodges embody values of authenticity, enrichment and a dedication to preserving our planet’s diversity. The guest experiences on offer invite visitors to connect with the destination in a meaningful way.


County Mayo,
Nearest Airport
Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC), 32 Miles / 51 Kilometers

Guest Rooms & Suites



Upgrade: Corrib Lake View

  • Non-Smoking

Corrib Lake View

Corrib Lake View

Upgrade: Deluxe

  • Non-Smoking



Upgrade: Lake View Deluxe

  • Non-Smoking

Lake View Deluxe

Lake View Deluxe

Upgrade: Junior Stateroom

  • Non-Smoking

Junior Stateroom

Junior Stateroom

Upgrade: Suite

  • Non-Smoking



Upgrade: Presidential Suite

  • Non-Smoking

Junior Suite


Upgrade: Stateroom

  • Non-Smoking

Master Suite

Presidential Suite

Upgrade: Presidential Suite

  • Non-Smoking

Hideaway Cottage

Hideaway Cottage ~ a one bedroom stand alone cottage on the lake front

Upgrade: Hideaway Cottage

Total 9 Records

Facts & Policies

Adventure, Golf, Seclusion
Vibe Sophisticated
Room Style Classic
Number of Rooms 83
Check-In Time 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time 12:00 PM
Early Arrivals & Late Departures

Early Arrivals and late departures are subject to availability at the castle

Guaranteed Reservations & Deposits

Credit card required to guarantee reservation

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation policy is 7 days prior to arrival to avaoid a cancellation penalty of the first nights stay for reservations of up to 3 nights

For 4 nights or more the cancellation policy is 50% of the total number of room nights per room are required

Accepted Forms of Payment



American Express


Terms & Conditions

Please inquire..

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Virtuoso Amenities

For 2020 & 2021:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full Irish breakfast daily included in rates served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Reviews and Recommendations for Ashford Castle


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The perfect balance...

By: juli

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2016

Ashford Castle has the perfect balance between 5 star luxury and country charm. Some of the reviews I read before I got there made me think I might encounter a lot of snooty, uptight people but instead my family and I were received by some of the nicest people I think I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Not only is Ashford Castle beautiful but they have figured out what my old Irish granny told me long ago, "pretty is as pretty does". Everyone that works at Ashford treats you like a long lost family member so beyond being a beautiful place, the people there just exude beauty from within! I simply cannot say enough nice things about Ashford except that I am truly thankful to the Tollman family for creating such an amazing place and letting my family enjoy one of the best family vacations we've had in years. I am already planning my next visit.
Travel Advisor:  Maya Abdo
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Best travel experience ever!

By: Barbara

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2016

Ashford Castle is a favorite destination of our family. It has recently been renovated by Red Carnation Hotel Collection and is better than ever! In 2015, it won the Virtuoso Award as the Best Hotel of the Year! The staff is genuinely friendly, the rooms are exquisitely decorated, and the grounds are extraordinarily beautiful. It offers a wide variety of activities for all ages including golf, archery, falconry, boating, hiking, horseback riding, and spa. Our family also enjoyed the 4 restaurants and live musical entertainment every evening. Ashford Castle was the highlight of our heritage vacation in Ireland!
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan
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absolutely the best ever

By: travel

Reviewed on: 29 May 2017

absolutely the best ever
Travel Advisor:  Shane Paquette
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Amazing location

By: Kirsten & Joe

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2017

Ashford Castle is a very special place; I recommend reading about its' rich history. We stayed in The Lodge at Ashford Castle, which gives you access to the Castle grounds. Be aware you cannot go inside the castle itself unless you are actually staying there. The surrounding grounds and neighboring village are great
Travel Advisor:  Gena Stoll
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Ashford Castle

By: Bozo

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

The best! First class in all aspects. Service beyond great.
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Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

I recommend staying at the castle and doing some of their fun activities
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee
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Ashford Castle

By: Mary

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

It was a 'not to be missed' experience, full of beauty, excellent service, comfort, and the enjoyment of looking back in time.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Rooney
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By: Ireland

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

A beautiful hotel and wonderful staff that are most attentive and helpful. Activities galore!
Travel Advisor:  Ursula Pearson
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It didn't disappoint...

By: Mandy

Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

This was by far the priciest place we stayed in while in Ireland, but we did not want to pass up the opportunity to spend the night in an 800+ year old castle! Of course, the price point makes it difficult to be able to stay longer than just the one night, but we loved every second we were able to be there. The staff was so kind and helpful - every single person we came across. The grounds were beautiful and we loved walking around them. We participated in a Hawk Walk and that was just a really cool experience.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth
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One of the world's finest hotels!

By: Dick keller

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

Ashford Castle is much more than a five star hotel with a panoramic view on a beautiful lake, with staff and management dedicated to their guest's experience. From the moment you arrive at Ashford, guests are treated like family and your every wish is fulfilled with sincere enthusiasm. The staff addresses you by name and makes the guests feel welcome and "at home". You quickly and happily become part of the Ashford family, with all staff, and even the GM Niali Rochford, greeting you warmly and efficiently attending to your every need. A world class experience!
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins Washington

Ashford Castle

By: Gina

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2018

A trip to Ireland would not be complete without a trip to Ashford Castle. The grounds are amazing and the falcon's and boat tour are a must.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King
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By: Way to Go

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2018

The Castle was a world of itself. Incredible from THE HAWKS THE LAKE TEA. to Cong. All wonderful. Here again the staff is what made our stay memorable
Travel Advisor:  Katherine Gould
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Ireland in October

By: Birdie

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2018

Probably the best hotel we have ever experienced. The staff was superior in every way, the grounds are spectacular, the facility itself although very old, is thoroughly modern and comfortable in every detail. Service and attention to detail, including such things as being greeted by name be almost every staff member, is impressive. We will be back.
Travel Advisor:  Suzette Mack
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The Lodge is the sweet spot

By: Arligans

Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2019

Loved the Lodge, less fussy and great staff, ambiance and provides access to castle and activities. Was the perfect place for a family stay.
Travel Advisor:  Jane Braun
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Review of Ashford castke

By: TA

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2019

What a place!!! It was over the top amazing. I felt very special and taken care of. It was a once in a lifetime and I am overjoyed I experienced it. Would love to come back. 10 plus
Travel Advisor:  Laura Ciccone
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By: Emerald

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2019

Castle offers guests numerous activities, excellent dining options, superb breakfast buffet and the staff are very friendly, helpful and attentive. Our room was fabulous! The visit with Irish wolf hounds an added bonus.
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien
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5 stars

By: Beckt

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2019

Absolutely fantastic. Gorgeous setting, fantastic activities and the best staff anywhere. Everyone was warm and welcoming. We have stayed at some amazing properties... The Goring, The Bristol, The Plaza, Gritti Palace, Silversea, Castiglion del Bosco.... no better staff anywhere ! Everyone was so lovely.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen


By: Mem

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2019

Wonderful experience
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