Escape to…Ashford Castle |Cong, Mayo, Ireland

This stunning 13th-century castle is located 45 minutes from the city of Galway. Once the Estate of Lord Ardilaun and the Guinness family, Ashford opened as a luxury hotel in 1939. In 2013 Ashford was bought by the Tollman family of the Red Carnation collection, who began a loving restoration project resulting in a “Palace inside a Castle.” Ashford Castle today offers a new state-of-the-art Spa and Fitness Studio as well as 82 bespoke bedrooms, a 32-seat cinema, multiple dining options, a library, billiard’s room, cigar terrace, beautiful public lounges, and 21st-century technology throughout. Ashford Estate offers an array of activities from Orvis fly-fishing to Ireland’s First School of Falconry.


The magnificent five-star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. Dating back to 1228, the castle now enters a new chapter in its history, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. With 82 spectacular rooms, suites and the Hideaway Cottage, a wealth of activities and plenty of thoughtful touches, guests will enjoy acclaimed Irish hospitality on a grand scale.


Location: Cong, County Mayo, Ireland
Distance from Airport: Dublin Intl. Airport (DUB) approx. 3hrs 7 mins. away | Shannon Airport (SNN) approx. 1hr.35 mins away

Ashford Castle, one of the most magical destinations in the world, is the perfect place to create lasting memories with your family. Casting its spell on both young and old, you’ll be welcomed for an enchanting castle adventure. With an abundance of activities to keep all ages entertained and one of the most family friendly places you could ever wish to stay, Ashford Castle is a favorite destination for those who seek a carefree break with the kids.

We really roll out the red carpet, and our services include a host of family friendly facilities and options to make sure everyone feels truly at home and has the time of their lives. Plenty of surprises and hidden adventures are waiting to be discovered – find the secret folly tower, built by Benjamin Lee Guinness, dubbed ‘Rapunzel’s Castle’; complete all the activities to earn the ‘Wolfhounds’ Badge; and ask us about the secret map to the fairy paths.

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  1. AnaLuciaSilva · December 16, 2016


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  2. Mel & Suan · December 16, 2016

    aargh. why is it the tour packages don’t bring us to these nice castles.
    So envious you’ve seen this! LOL

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