Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

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.

Hotel Tip

Guests find the School of Falconry, operated by professionals who are passionate about their birds of prey, especially amazing.

Virtuoso Preferred Supplier Since 01 Nov 2007

Virtuoso Amenities   

For 2019:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full Irish breakfast included in rates daily 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

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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.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Walters
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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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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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