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Ashford Castle

Galway, Ireland

Ashford Castle is a jewel in the crown of historic Irish hotels. With elements dating from the 13th century and an idyllic lakeside location, Ashford Castle is truly spectacular and its location in the west of Ireland means Connemara is on your doorstep.

At a Glance

  • Stay in a proud and distinguished castle full of tradition

  • Experience fine dining in George V Restaurant built over 100 years ago

  • Try your hand at archery, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and many more activities in the estate

  • Overlooking Ireland's second largest lake Lough Corrib

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An amble around the formal and walled gardens is a must.

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Insider's View

Afternoon tea taken in the drawing room with the backdrop of Lough Corrib is amazing.

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Thrillseekers can take to the challenging waters of Lough Corrib to wake and water ski.

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To fully immerse yourself in history choose a Stateroom. Located in the main castle they boast high ceilings and range in age from the 13th to the 17th centuries.

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After dinner head up to the cinema for a film starring one of the famous actors to have stayed in the castle

Cordelia Nicholls

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Take a walk along the river in to the local village of Cong and have dinner at Pat Cohan for fantastic food and a taste of local life

Milly Walker

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Ashford Castle or take a look at our itineraries to Galway Connemara and the West


Ashford Castle dates from the 13th century and elements of the original structure remain. Added to through the course of history the castle is now an amazing amalgam of architecture with the French style chateau parts added in the 18th century and then Victorian additions added later. What is left for the lucky guest is a hotch-potch of Architectural detail and a fabulous 5 star hotel that has been open as a luxury destination since 1939.

Since 1915 the hotel has achieved its iconic status with film stars, producers and statesmen alike staying under its eaves and it has been voted one of the top 50 resort properties in Europe on numerous occasions. Its location on the banks of Lough Corrib in the heart of the famed region of Connemara makes it the perfect base for exploring the relatively unspoiled West of Ireland.

The hotel manages to appeal to couples seeking rest and relaxation and a romantic setting as well as families keen to explore the area and partake in an array of amazing outdoor activities. Everything from water-skiing, fishing and boating on the lake, to golf, horse-riding, biking and hiking not to mention a wonderful list of treatments available in one of the three treatment rooms.

With 82 rooms it is by no means a vast hotel but does have something for everyone with historic staterooms perfect for couples and family rooms that can accommodate up to 4. All guests are spoiled for choice with dining options. The glorious George V Dining Room with its 11 Waterford Crystal chandeliers has a resident pianist and offers fine dining prepared by chef Stefan Matz. Cullen's at the Cottage on the other hand offers a more laid back and traditional setting in a thatched cottage with local delicacies and international dishes served here. Cullen's at the Dungeon has more traditional cuisine but is in a remarkable setting underneath the castle and surrounded by suits of armour, breast plates, crest of arms and stained glass windows.

Ashford Castle is the place to stay West of the Shannon where the natural beauty of Connemara surrounds and the luxury and 5 star service of this iconic hotel awaits you.


Ashford Castle has 82 traditionally decorated guest bedrooms, many of the rooms still have their original features, offering fantastic views across the ancient Lough or the river.

All of the rooms and suites are well equipped with modern amenities including internet, movies and music on demand and a fully interactive TV.

Corrib Rooms

Enjoy beautiful views of the River Cong from each of the Corrib rooms. Custom designed carpets cushion plush beds, each dressed with 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton bed linen. Fresh flowers and luxurious Voya toiletries add the finishing touch.

Corrib Lake View Rooms

For uninterrupted views over the lake then opt for the Corrib lake view rooms. Each is unique in its design and a variety of color schemes have been used to appeal to all tastes. 400 thread count Egyptian cotton linens have been used to enhance the comfort of your stay, and thoughtful extras can be found in all rooms such as fresh flowers, bluetooth speakers and plush bathrobes.

Deluxe Rooms

With a spacious relaxation area and enjoying wonderful views over the Ashford Estate, the Deluxe rooms are a comfortable option. Feature beds and chandeliers add to the opulent feel of the rooms, and finishing touches such as 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton, on-demand movies and bluetooth speakers provide all the modern extras you wouldn't necessarily expect from a stay in a traditional castle.

Lake View Deluxe Rooms

Views over the magnificent Lough Corrib are the highlight of a stay in the Lake View Deluxe Rooms. Antiques found in each of the rooms give them a more traditional feel despite being newly refurbished, and include German Baroque stumpwork silk and impressive Louis XV painted mirrors. Modern amenities such as complimentary WiFi, an in-room bar and bluetooth speaker as well as air-conditioning and electric blinds provide all the comforts you need for your stay without distracting form the decor.

Junior Staterooms

Four poster beds and rich color schemes give the Junior Staterooms a regal air, whilst modern conveniences blend in discretely to ensure a comfortable stay. Interconnecting rooms are available making this a great option for families and some have a split-level seating area.


Located in the oldest part of the castle, the Staterooms boast high ceilings and generous amounts of space; all enjoy views over Lough Corrib. Most feature four-poster beds and original fireplaces alongside other antique furniture and chandeliers. Large bathrooms complete with pedestal claw baths can also be found in some of the bedrooms.


Suites are spacious and a great option for families, coming furnished with a king size bed and sofa beds, as well as boasting their own dining area for ultimate privacy. The suites all enjoy views either over Lough Corrib or the River Cong and contain all the modern amenities and traditional furnishings of the other room categories.

Presidential Suite

The Presidential Suite is impressive and spacious, providing split-level accommodation with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows enjoying views over Lough Corrib. A carpet and sumptuous fabrics create a feeling of luxury and original artwork graces the walls. The two adjacent rooms can also be occupied upon request to create a private, three-bedroom wing of the castle, ideal for families or groups traveling together.

Complimentary canapés are delivered to the suite each evening along with a daily gift; guests in the Presidential Suite can also make the most of a complimentary bar throughout their stay and champagne and chocolate upon arrival.

Family rooms

Family Rooms are thoughtfully designed to provide a seamless and comfortable experience for both parents and little ones. Children are well looked after, receiving children's robes and slippers as well as juice and cookies on arrival. Rooms come complete with two queen size beds, a comfortable relaxation area and a separate bathroom and shower room.


Ashford Castle look to spoil their younger guests, children under the age of 2 years receive an Ashford Castle teddy bear. Children aged 2-11 years receive their own bathrobes and slippers, blue for boys and pink for girls. Baby sitting services are available on request. Juice and cookies are also provided for younger guests upon arrival.


The hotel has two restaurants, a relaxed drawing room and a cocktail bar. George V castle restaurant offers a fantastic menu created by Chef Stefan Matz. Dine like a Lord or a Lady underneath Waterford Crystal chandeliers. Cullen's at the Cottage restaurant is a more relaxed country restaurant in a thatched roof cottage that serves up an international menu. While Cullen's at the Dungeon offers a more traditional menu.

You may want to treat yourself to a variety of massages including Swedish massage and aroma-stone massage using Yon-Ka aromatic oils in one of the hotel's three treatment rooms

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in The Drawing Room, which offers the best views across the beautiful Lough Corrib. To relax in style why not sample some cocktails, liqueurs or brandies in the finely decorated cocktail bar.


There is a wealth of activities to fill your days at Ashford Castle itself as well as the surrounding area. A fabulous equestrian center offers hacks through the estate and along the lakes. There is a clay and archery range. The fishing on the banks of Lough Corrib is excellent. Boat trips on Lough Corrib with an historian are possible and a nine hole golf course in the parkland offers a decent round. Off the estate, the region offers incredible walking and hiking potential, more challenging golf and numerous historical sights.

Location & Directions

Galway, Ireland

The impressive Ashford Castle is situated north of Galway, set in spectacular scenery on the west coast of Ireland overlooking Ireland's second largest lake Lough Corrib.

When to go

It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Ashford Castle or take a look at our itineraries to Galway Connemara and the West

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