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 multi-award-winning property has been voted “Best Hotel in the World” by Virtuoso. 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 will greet you at every turn from the extraordinary characters of the castle.
Guests find the School of Falconry, operated by professionals who are passionate about their birds of prey, especially amazing.
Health & Safety
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, treadright.org, 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.