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.
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
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 unspoilt 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.
When to visit
An amble around the formal and walled gardens is a must.
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.
Archery at Ashford Castle
Learn the basics of target archery in all its practice and forms. Your instructor will teach, inform and develop your skill in this ancient sport.
Clay Shooting & Archery
Experience this Irish tradition, followed by kings and lords for centuries. Test your skill against a bolting rabbit, springing teal or wily woodcock. Or aim for the bull's eye on an archery target.
Cliffs of Moher
Soaring over 700 feet, the Cliffs of Moher are a magnificent 8-kilometre stretch of sea cliffs along the Atlantic coast of Clare. Wonderful views and fabulous seabird colonies make the Cliffs of Moher a must-see natural attraction in the west of Ireland.
Cong is a village on the borders of Counties Mayo and Galway. Situated on an island formed by a number of streams, Cong is famous for its medieval abbey and as the location for the Oscar-winning movie The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne.
Fishing Lough Corrib
From fly fishing lessons to half and full day trips, enjoy an exciting fishing experience at Lough Corrib aboard 19ft hand-crafted wooden boats.
Irish Farm and Sheep Dog Herding
Head out for a day on the farm to experience first hand the intriguing art of sheepdog farming and watch in awe as the farmer and pup work together seamlessly as the perfect team to corral the wandering sheep.
Private cruise on Lough Corrib
Get out on the water to experience Lough Corrib’s exceptional beauty from its crystalline waters before stepping ashore at Inchagoill to hike through deserted woodlands, along secluded beaches and past ancient ruins.
Enjoy a sea kayaking adventure as you enjoy the beautiful Irish coastline , navigating sheltered waters to hidden coves. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as puffins or seals whilst listening to the calming lap of the ocean.
The Aran Islands
Situated off Ireland’s west coast, the Aran Islands offer spectacular limestone pavements, awesome coastal scenery and a traditional way of life that is still very much alive. A day trip or an overnight stay will live with you long after you’ve returned.
The Ring of Connemara
The Ring of Connemara is a circuit taking you through the wild beauty of Galway and Mayo. Famed for its lakes, mountains and rivers, the breathtaking scenery and isolated crofts and abbeys provide a stunning glimpse of rural Ireland.
The Rock of Cashel
Sometimes known as Cashel of the Kings, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a spectacular collection of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone rock.
Working Sheep Dog demonstration
Experience a key part of Ireland’s farming culture as you travel to the atmospheric Caherconnell Stone Fort on the Burren to watch a sheep dog demonstration.