Ashford Castle Hotel          

 Ashford Castle F31 CA48 Cong − Ireland

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Ashford Castle

Your royal adventure begins when you enter through the grand stone gates of our remarkable 800-year-old castle. Discover our exquisite interiors, delicious cuisine, passionate team, a wealth of estate activities and state-of-the-art spa. As Ireland’s top hotel destination and former home of the Guinness family, we are exceptional in every sense.

Fully restored to its historic splendour

83 luxurious rooms and suites and Hideaway Cottage

Home to Ireland's first School of Falconry

State-of-the-art Spa with top of the range treatments

Regular host to royalty, dignitaries and celebrities

350 acres of ancient woodland

Fine Irish cuisine 

 

The Quiet Man

In 1951, the film director John Ford came to the west of Ireland to film The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The grounds of the castle, as well as nearby Cong, formed the backdrop for much of the action in the film.

 

This sentimental film, Ford's first 'romantic love story,' received a total of seven Academy Awards nominations (including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor - Victor McLaglen, Best Screenplay - Frank Nugent, Best Art Direction, and Best Sound) and won two Oscars: Best Cinematography - Winton Hoch and Archie Stout, and Ford (at 57 years of age) won his fourth and final Best Director Oscar, establishing a record that is still unbeaten. We invite our guests to sit back and rekindle the Quiet man experience in our luxurious cinema or from the comfort of your room or suite.

Many scenes were filmed in and around the village of Cong. Today, guests can explore key attractions including:

The Quiet Man Cottage Museum, located by the river at Circular Road. It is a unique experience that allows visitors to feel as though they are on set.

The Dying Man's House

Pat Cohan's Bar, complete with a replica of the interior featured in the film

Reverend Playfair's House

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara commemorative statue

St. Mary's Catholic Church

Guided tours of 'Inisfree'

Mrs Tea's Boutique and Bakery

Just a short stroll from the castle, discover Mrs Tea’s Boutique and Bakery,  Ashford Castle's exclusive boutique shop.

Browse a wonderful range of gifts from local artisan suppliers; enjoy freshly baked treats on site and purchase luxury Irish products from brands including Avoca, Newbridge Silverware, Orla Kiely and Voya.  The range of sports clothing and equipment is perfect for the abundance of estate activities, and Irish knitwear and blankets are as stylish as they are cosy. Purchase in store or  view a selection of items to buy online at our online store.

Restoration

A new chapter

Iconic Ashford Castle reopened to guests in April 2015 after a two-year renovation and restoration programme. Headed by architect Philippe Bonino and Red Carnation Hotels founder and president Beatrice Tollman. The $75 million restoration of this 13th century building has reaffirmed Ashford Castle’s status as one of the most prestigious hotels in Europe – a true celebration of past, present and future.

Pets

A warm welcome awaits

Here at Ashford Castle we welcome your four-legged friends and make sure your dog is well looked after with a range of pet friendly services.  Going for walks couldn’t be more exciting – with the vast Ashford Estate to explore, hours of enjoyment can be had by all! 

Please mention that your pet will be travelling with you in order for us to forward you our special “Pet Preference" form. There will be a €40 (euros) charge per dog per night. See our full Pet Policy for details. We would require the sizes of the dogs in the room (small, medium or large) in order to place the correct size of beds. In the room for the duration of your stay we will provide a comfy bed, fluffy towels, food and water bowls and a treat for our V.I.P (Very Important Pet). 

The following services and amenities can also be arranged for your pet with prior arrangement:

Dog sitting and walking, Grooming service, Leashes and litter boxes

In House

A choice of different sized pet bed, cushions,  duvets and floor mats, Food and water bowl with fresh mineral water, Turndown treat

Please contact us for a full list of prices for the following pet services offered:

Dog sitting - book 24 hours in advance, Dog walking - book 24 hours in advance, Grooming service, Dog and cat treats, Dog and cat toys.

Within the Castle our VIP’s owners are kindly requested to adhere to the following guide:

We are pleased to have you and your pet as our guests at Ashford Castle Hotel. For your convenience, we have outlined a few simple guidelines that will help ensure the safety and solitude of yourself and our other guests whilst visiting our hotel.

Due to potential noise disturbances to other guests, such as barking, we ask that pets not be left unattended in guestrooms. Any disturbance must be curtailed to safeguard all our guest’s rights to privacy and a peaceful stay.

Should you need assistance in securing a pet sitter or in obtaining pet supplies, please contact our Reservations team on Email ashford@ashfordcastle.com or +353 94 954 6003. Please allow sufficient lead-time in order for us to make the proper arrangements on your behalf.

Regretfully, local regulations prohibit the presence of pets in any of the hotel’s dining, beverage or lounge venues.

When outside of your guest room, pets must be on a leash with a maximum length of 6 ft.

You are responsible for cleaning up after your pet whilst on hotel property or walking on the Estate.

Terms and Conditions:

You are responsible for any and all property damage and /or personal injuries resulting from your pet. You must further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the hotel, its owners and its operators from all liability and damage suffered as a result of your pet. The hotel reserves the right to charge your account an amount commensurate to the cost of such damage, and it will be withheld from the damage deposit amount of €1000.00.

This amount will be posted to your hotel folio, as a pet security deposit, and refunded or credited to your account following a room inspection upon departure. We invite you to attend this inspection. Should a charge be made against this security deposit, you agree that you will not dispute the charges posted to your credit card. Please be aware that these policies are stated to protect both parties, and in no way are a reflection on our desire to host your pet. Should you have any questions, or need clarification on these policies, please do not hesitate to contact the Duty Manager.

Sleep Beautifully

Each of the 83 rooms, suites and Hideaway Cottage at Ashford Castle represent traditional elegance and finesse. Following extensive refurbishment, many of the rooms and suites have been individually and lovingly designed, combining the castle’s original features with the latest modern luxuries. Meticulous attention to detail can be found in the unique works of art, carefully sourced antique furniture and sumptuous fabrics with custom designed carpets, bespoke beds, feature lighting, exquisite towelling and Egyptian Cotton bed linen.

Junior Staterooms

 

Our exceptional Junior Staterooms showcase immaculate attention to detail, seamlessly blending suitable traditional style with modern conveniences. With fabulous views and exquisite four-poster beds, guests are assured a luxurious and memorable stay. Some offer a split level sitting area and each is individually designed from rich regal reds to soft neutral shades to suit your preference.

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 14.5ft x 24.3ft or (4.4m x 7.4m)

Hall 8ft x 3ft or (2.4m x .91m)

Bathroom 10ft x 5ft or (3m x 1.5m)

Interconnecting rooms available, Separate comfort seating area.

Staterooms

 

Our Staterooms are grand statements of traditional elegance and comfort, combining all the modern amenities you could wish for. These wonderfully appointed rooms are generously proportioned and feature high ceilings with views of Lough Corrib. 

Each Stateroom is located in the oldest part of the castle, dating back to the 13th and 17th centuries. Most contain feature four-poster beds and original fireplaces with exquisite antique furniture. The Staterooms also boast large bathrooms and some include pedestal claw baths.

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 15.4ft x 24.9ft or (4.7m x 7.6m) with 15ft high ceilings (4.6m)

Bathroom 7.5ft x 17ft or (2.3m x 5.2m)

Kennedy Suite

 

Luxury awaits

Named after US Senator Ted Kennedy, who stayed at Ashford in the early 1980’s, the Kennedy Suite is located in the oldest wing of the castle and features an impressive selection of antique furniture including a 19th century walnut bed, an early 18th century Spanish Armoire, and an early Victorian Rosewood centre table.

The Kennedy Suite enjoys spectacular views over Lough Corrib and can be combined with the Reagan Presidential Suite to complete a private three bedroom wing of the castle.

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 15.4ft x 24.9ft or (4.7m x 7.6m) with 15ft high ceilings (4.6m)

Bathroom 7.5ft x 17ft or (2.3m x 5.2m)

Champagne & chocolate arrival, In-room Sherry night cap, 24 hour housekeeping, perfumeries, Self controlled fireplace.

Reagan Presidential Suite

 

The height of elegance

Named after President Reagan, who stayed at Ashford in 1984 as a personal friend of former owner John A Mulcahy.

The Reagan Presidential suite is located in the oldest wing of the castle, boasting an original fireplace, a stunning antique George III style four poster bed, original portrait art, individually sourced antiques and spectacular floor to ceiling views of Lough Corrib. This split level suite offers two bathrooms and can be combined with two adjacent rooms to complete a private three bedroom wing of the castle.

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 14.9ft x 25.4ft or ( 4.5m x 7.7m)

Sitting area 12.6ft x 18.5ft or ( 3.8m x 5.6m)

Main Bathroom 5.3ft x 20.4ft or ( 1.6m x 6.2m)

Small Bathroom 4ft x 5.3ft or ( 1.2m x 1.6m)

Champagne & chocolate arrival, 24 hour housekeeping, Complimentary bar during stay, Daily gift to room.

Suites

 

Our Suites offer comfortable king size beds and sofa beds as well as a large private dining space which adds to the spacious feel and opulent elegance. With views of the River Cong or Lough Corrib, The Junior Suites, some of which have been recently refurbished, are the epitome of graceful style, combining traditional style with modern amenities.

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 15.9ft x 15.1ft or ( 4.8m x 4.6m)

Sitting area 11.10ft x 15.1ft or ( 3.6m x 4.6m)

Main Bathroom 12.10ft x 7.3ft or ( 3.9m x 2.2m)

Lake View Deluxe Rooms

 

Discover the attention to detail in our Lake View Deluxe Rooms – newly refurbished to the highest standard with views over the magnificent Lough Corrib, providing refined traditional style and luxurious comforts in abundance. Complete with a spacious seating area, they are ideal for admiring the exquisite surroundings.

Rooms feature wonderful antiques such as a German Baroque stumpwork silk decorated tester bed made for Friedrich Christian Freiherr von Spee in the late 17th Century; a Louis XV painted and parcel gilt trumeau mirror circa 1750; and satinwood and rosewood cross banded writing tables circa 1900, used as bedside tables.

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 12.2ft x 20ft or (3.7m x 6.1m)

Hall 10.6ft x 3.7ft or (3.2m x 1.1m)

Bathroom 5ft x 10.6ft or (1.5m x 3.2m)

Separate seating area.

Deluxe Rooms

 

Stay in a delightful Deluxe Room with wonderful views of the Ashford Estate. Our newly designed Deluxe Rooms offer the latest in comfort and style with a spacious relaxation area, beautiful furnishings and outstanding attention to detail. A host of thoughtful touches will ensure you have a stay to remember. 

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 12.2ft x 20ft or ( 3.7m x 6.1m)

Hall 10.6ft x 3.7ft or (3.2m x 1.1m)

Bathroom 5ft x 10.6ft or (1.5m x 3.2m)

Interconnecting rooms available, Separate seating area.

Corrib Lake View Rooms

 

As part of our recent refurbishment programme, upgrade to an immaculate Corrib Lake View Room to experience elegant traditional style at its finest. The height of comfort, each is an individual statement of design inspiration, some featuring wonderful gilt and cream painter tester beds and unique furnishings to provide guests a stylish sanctuary in which to relax. Decorated with a variety of colour palettes to suit all tastes and preferences, they are an ideal choice.

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 12.6ft x 15ft or ( 3.8m x 4.6m)

Hall 2.9ft x 8.6ft or ( .85m x 2.6m)

Bathroom 6.8ft x 7.7ft or ( 2.1m x 2.3m)

Corrib Rooms

 

Recently refurbished in an individual and elegant style, enjoy the comfort of a luxurious Corrib Room. With luxurious king-size beds and fully interactive plasma screen TVs with movies and music on demand, you’ll enjoy a host of thoughtful touches for a memorable stay.

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 14.9ft x 12.2ft or (4.5m x 3.7m)

Hall 8.10ft x 2.9ft or (2.7m x .85m)

Bathroom 6.10ft x 7.6ft or (2.1m x 2.3m)

Deluxe Queen Family Rooms

 

Our spacious Deluxe Queen Rooms consist of two Queen size beds with a comfortable relaxation area. Overlooking the magnificent Lough Corrib and the Parterre Gardens, they are perfect for couples or families (suitable for two adults and two children under the age of 12 years) as they are well equipped with a large bathroom with a separate shower and marble sinks. Many of our rooms are also interconnecting and this is guaranteed at time of reservation. Children are well looked after, and will receive robes and slippers and many other thoughtful extras including juice and cookies on arrival.

Approximate Room Size:

Bedroom 15.9ft x 24.10ft or ( 4.8m x 7.6m)

Bathroom 9.10ft x 16ft or (3m x 4.9m)

Hideaway Cottage

 

This former boathouse dates back to the Guinness era and is situated a stone’s throw from The Castle on the shores of Lough Corrib.

Surrounded by private gardens and lake front views, guests enjoy the luxurious comfort and relaxation of this beautiful space, with soothing sounds of lapping lake waters. For your privacy, access is through secure gates. 

The Cottage has been lovingly restored, the unique design includes reclaimed materials such as stone and old fire place lintels from the Castle Estate.   Hand-crafted parquet flooring, original artworks, lush fabrics and a blue Murano glass chandelier adorns the ceiling.   

Custom furniture pieces include French Empire marquetry chests of drawers; a 20th century, four-fold European canvas screen; art by Louis Icart and a late 19th century pair of walnut armchairs covered in tapestry by Brunschwig & Fils. 

The Cottage will capture your heart and make you feel immediately at home. On arrival you will be greeted at The Castle and escorted to The Hideaway Cottage. A welcome basket awaits along with a fully stocked bar.  To complete your Country escape, Jack Murphy Jackets and Wellingtons are yours to take home, bicycles are available for your use and guests can also avail of the hotel and its 350-acre estate's amenities.

Dine alfresco on the pier, weather permitting! The lake reflecting the stars in the evening is a memory that will stay with you for a lifetime.  Enjoy private dining or any of the dining facilities available on the Estate.

Enjoy a luxurious Irish experience like no other. with a concierge service available 24 hours a day.

Cottage Dimensions

Entrance Hall: 4 meters x 1.3 meters

Bedroom: 6.2 meters x 5.2 meters

Bathroom: 4.5 meters x 3 meters 

  

Rooms Features

Complimentary wireless and cabled internet, Feature beds & chandeliers, Custom designed carpets, Luxurious 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton monogrammed bed linen, Separate seating area, Writing desk, Fresh flowers, Deluxe Voya toiletries,Daily maid service, Plush bathrobes and ladies and gents slippers, 24 hour in-room dining, In-room bar, Turn down service each evening, Bottled mineral water, Cable TV with movies on demand, Complimentary 'Quiet Man' movie, Hair dryer, I-luv bluetooth speaker, USB charger, 110 volt sockets, Individually controlled air-conditioning, International direct dial telephones, Iron and ironing board, Electronic safe, Electronic blinds.

The Spa

Ancient wisdom meets modern expertise

The spa at Ashford Castle is dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through treatments and spa journeys, personalised for each of our guests by exceptionally skilled therapists. Our commitment to wellbeing focuses on essential ancient wisdom with modern expertise. Guests leave feeling nurtured, purified, pampered and relaxed.

Indulge in a range of remarkable features including three exquisite seashell chandeliers and a mesmerising Tree of Life mural stretching the length of the relaxation pool. State-of-the-art facilities include five exceptional treatment rooms, an invigorating Hammam, relaxing steam room and a beautiful terrace area with serene views over the tranquil waters of one of Ireland’s largest lakes. The Spa and Fitness Centre offers the latest wellness innovation with PureFlow™ technology, the first of its kind in Ireland.

 

Spa Facilities

Essence Infused Steam Room & Lifestyle Showers

A traditional heat experience has been carefully designed with stone heated seats and walls with intense steam heat, infusion of eucalyptus for the benefiting breathing, aiding relaxation and improving circulation.Designed to work with the unique Hammam environment to raise your body temperature and allow for a deep release, while the heated marble slab induces cleansing warmth.

The Spa offers an array of Hammam Journeys, all offering deep cleansing, relaxing and divinely restorative results.

Workout with a View

The Gym

With breathtaking, elevated views over Lough Corrib, the new Gym is far from your average workout space.  

Floor to ceiling windows draw the spectacular scenery inside, where you'll find the latest Life Fitness equipment, and discover unique wellness technology with the PureFlow™ Fitness session designed to combat fatigue and improve endurance, performance and recovery. A personal trainer will be on hand to create bespoke sessions according to your specific goals.

 

 

 

Surrender your Senses

Treatment Rooms

Five beautiful treatment rooms, including a couple's room, have been expertly designed to induce a sense of serenity the moment you enter. 

In keeping with the elegant style of the castle, it is the perfect place to enjoy an extensive range of indulgent and results-driven treatments that will leave you feeling brand new. Choose from regenerating facials, refreshing scrubs, detoxifying wraps, aroma and marine therapy and more.

 

 

 

 

Discover Tranquility

Relaxation Pool

Within the striking bronze conservatory, the spa provides the Relaxation Pool an area of calm and tranquility with the relaxation pool consisting of seated jets for relaxation and for a more energising work out use the resistance swimming jets or sit back and be mesmerised with the exquisite features of seashell chandeliers and the Tree of Life Mural – stretching the length of the relaxation pool, symbolising ‘Irish Celtic Mythology’.

 

 

 

 

 

A Unique Experience

Hammam Ceremonies

In centuries past the Hammam was known as the ‘silent doctor’ – a place of cleansing and healing for both body and soul. Indulge yourself in traditional Middle Eastern treatments while your imagination takes you on a mystical journey into the past that traces its roots back to the Roman Thermae. Wraps and bathing suits required. A Hammam session can be added to any spa treatment. Treatment time includes consultation and welcoming foot ritual, besides the private steam sessions.

  

 

 

 

 

Fitness and Pure Flow

The Fitness Studio

With breath taking, elevated views over Lough Corrib, the new Gym is far from your average workout space. Floor to ceiling windows draw the spectacular scenery inside, where you'll find the latest Life Fitness equipment, and discover unique wellness technology with the PureFlow™ Fitness session designed to combat fatigue and improve endurance, performance and recovery.

A personal trainer will be on hand to create bespoke sessions according to your specific goals.

PureFlow™ is a passive cardio system to optimize your health and lifestyle and improves your endurance, performance & recovery. PureFlow™ uses the principles of counter-pulsation technology, which can help improve circulation, increase oxygenation, and promote detoxification by optimizing blood flow in sync with the rhythm of heart. The increased blood flow from PureFlow’s™ pumping action drives oxygen and nutrients into cells more effectively than the heart alone can. This revolutionary process enhances the body’s natural functions.

The treatment helps facilitate the movement of fluid throughout the body, increasing energy levels and mental clarity, decreasing swelling and water retention, while revitalizing and oxygenating the tissues.

Jet Lag Remedy

Whether you’ve been jetting from JFK to Johannesburg or from London or Hong Kong to Heathrow, our Jet Lag Remedy reboots your system. We recommend taking one session for every three hours of time difference you’ve travelled, or just any time you need to reboot your body clock.

Personal Training

A pre-work out warm up or post work-out recovery plan to reduce lactic acid and ensure you’re ready to relax.

Breakfast Boost

An early-morning Pure Flow experience to invigorate you for the day ahead. We highly recommend this treatment for our corporate clients.

Lunch Time Boost

Get the endorphin boost you expect from a full 30-minute gym workout without the time and hassle of showering afterwards with Pure Flow.

The Detox Program

It’s recommended to perform a three or five detox cleanse every four to six months. Talk to our expert therapists who can design a bespoke detox program especially for you, from juice based cleanses to special alkaline meal programs for digestive purification.

   

Spa Etiquette

What you need to know when using The Spa

Recently named as Ireland's Best Hotel Spa 2016 at the World Spa Awards, our state-of-the-art facilities provide the ultimate retreat with incredible views stretching out across Lough Corrib. 

We have put together some helpful hints to help you enjoy your relaxation time whilst using the spa facilities. If you have any other questions please contact us and we'd be delighted to assist.

Spa Arrival for Residents at the Castle:

It is advisable to arrive at the spa reception at least 60minutes prior to your treatment reservation to enable you to enjoy the full use of the exclusive facilities at the spa, which include male and female changing rooms, steam room, relaxation pool & lounge and the beautiful courtyard ( weather permitting ) offering peaceful areas to read, sleep or relax. If you do not wish to avail of the facilities please arrive 15 minutes ahead of your appointment time. Please be aware that late arrivals will not receive an extension to their treatment but a full charge may be incurred.

Visitors to the Spa at Ashford Castle:

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your treatment time to complete a spa Consultation form and prepare with a luxury spa robe and slippers. Access to the Relaxation pool and Steam room are only accessible if included within your spa package.

Spa Reservations:

To make an appointment for the perfect treatment, please contact the spa where we will be delighted to assist you, +353 94 954 6003 or ext 6019 Or email us directly thespa@ashfordcastle.com

Age Requirements:

The minimum age requirement for access into the spa and to experience spa treatments is 16 years, any guests under 16 years having treatment must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Note: Access times for use of the Relaxation Pool for children.

Health Conditions:

Kindly advise us of any health conditions, allergies or injuries, which could affect your choice of treatment when making your spa reservation

Spa Attire:

For your comfort we will provide you with a luxurious robe, towels and slippers to use throughout your visit. Disposable underwear is provided for your comfort during your spa treatments. Hotel guests may wish to arrive in their bedroom robe to help with their continued relaxation. We would like to advise you, however, to bring a bathing suit and swimming hat if you wish to use the Relaxation pool & steam room, gym attire for use of the Fitness Studio.

Within the changing rooms a wide range of amenities will be provided. If you are booked for a Pure Flow session you are advised to wear loose comfortable clothing.

Spa Etiquette:

The spa environment is one of tranquillity and relaxation. Please respect other guests’ rights to privacy and serenity and do not use mobile phones, cameras or electronic devices within the spa.

Pregnancy:

We have specially designed treatments for expectant and nursing mothers. Please allow the spa team to guide you in selecting which treatments are most suitable for you during this special time. Unfortunately we do not offer all spa treatments during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy but have a selected recommendation.

Smoking is prohibited throughout the spa.

Cancellation Policy for the Spa:

A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required to change or cancel treatments without charge.

Within 24 hours – 50% charge

Within 12 hours or failure to show – 100% charge applies to treatments booked.

Continue your Ashford Spa Experience at Home:

To continue your spa experience at home, all products used within your spa treatments are available at spa reception, where one of our team would be delighted to advise you on the most suitable products for your needs.

Opening Hours

Monday - Sunday:

Relaxation Pool and Fitness Centre: 7:00am - 8:00pm

Spa Treatments: 

9:00am - 7:00pm

Children Relaxation Pool Access Times: 8:00am - 11:00am and 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Treatment Menu

ASHFORD CASTLE SPA MENU

Cancellations

Treatments should be cancelled at least 24 hours beforehand to avoid being charged

Contact

Telephone: +353 (0) 94 954 6003

Email: thespa@ashfordcastle.com

Spa Manager: Michelle Ryan

Email: mryan@ashfordcastle.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit the spa alone?

Absolutely, many of our guests use their time at the spa to get away from everyone else and to spend time concentrating on their own individual needs.

If I have particular requirements can these be accommodated?

Your comfort is our primary concern. Our experienced therapists aensure that your time at the spa is all comfortable as possible and the experience will be tailored to your needs. Please do not hesitate to inform us of any discomforts or requirements that you may have and we'll be glad to assist.

Is there an age restriction for children?

The minimum age requirement for spa treatments is 16 years old. Children under 16 years may use the facilities but must be accompanied by an adult over 16 years.

Is there a dress code?

We suggest that you come dressed comfortably. Remember that you have to leave in what you arrived in, so make sure your dress code will suit the relaxed mood you’ll be in after your treatments.

Should I inform my therapist of any medical conditions that I have?

It is important to let us know if you suffer from any mild to severe conditions such as high/low blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease as  certain treatments may not be recommended.

Can I visit the spa if I am pregnant?

The Spa is the perfect place to relax during pregnancy. It is vital that you inform your therapist that you are pregnant prior to booking any treatments as  there are a few treatments that we would particularly recommend and also some treatments will not be suitable during certain stages of pregnancy.

What if I have a question during the treatment?

We encourage you to ask any question and voice any queries or concerns you may have with your therapist. The open communication is to aid your comfort level, allowing you to receive full benefits of your treatment. Do not be afraid to let your therapist know.

Do I need to remove my clothes during a spa treatment?

The therapists use professional draping techniques to ensure your privacy at all times. Disposable underwear is provided for wear throughout the Spa services or you may wear your own.

When is massage not advisable?

Massage is not recommended if your medical condition may worsen due to the treatment or the condition is contagious. If you are unsure about your condition, please contact us and we will either recommend specific treatments or refer you to a general practitioner.

Who can help me decide which treatments will best suit my needs?

Contact the spa directly and we will be more than happy to accommodate your individual needs and recommend the best treatments for you.

Weddings & Events

Creating memories to treasure

With rooms and suites tucked away in turrets, plush beds and incredible views, there's no doubt why Ashford Castle wins the award for the most romantic hotel in Europe time after time. For the perfect day that you will remember for years to come, it's hard to imagine a more magnificent venue.

A grand stage for success

Whatever your occasion, let us help you create everything you have imagined and more. Whether your function is of a corporate nature or a large family celebration, we'll be on hand to ensure your event is suitably impressive.

Weddings

Romantic, Timeless and Magical Weddings

Ashford Castle is an idyllic setting for a truly awe-inspiring wedding. This 800-year-old castle has an incredible history, a fairy tale location and was recently voted the Best Hotel in the World.

Having welcomed royalty, heads of state and celebrities, our experienced wedding planners are equipped with all the skills, talent and enthusiasm required to make every moment utterly magical. Ashford Castle is the ultimate wedding destination.

Exclusive Use

Make Ashford Castle truly your own, you can hire the entire estate so it’s exclusively yours. The castle’s 83 bedrooms, suites and Lakeside Hideaway Cottage will accommodate up to 160 guests, allowing you and your wedding party to enjoy the full castle experience without interruption.

Enjoy exclusive use of all restaurants and bars including The George V Dining Room for an unforgettable wedding breakfast, the underground Wine Cellars for a magical pre wedding event or the impressive Oak Hall for a show stopping reception in the heart of the castle.

An exclusive use wedding also offers a range of unforgettable estate activities for you and your guests to enjoy including falconry, equestrian, golf, river cruising, fishing and spa treatments. 

The Ceremony

Hold your ceremony in a local church, in the castle’s elegant Drawing Room or weather permitting, outside in the castle gardens with remarkable views over Lough Corrib and an impressive castle backdrop.

If you would prefer a church wedding, a choice of  churches are located in and around the castle grounds - ideal for you and your guests to move between the ceremony and reception venue. Alternatively, Saint Mary’s Church Cong is located in the village, just a three minute drive from the Ashford Estate.

This beautiful traditional Roman Catholic church is an idyllic location for a wedding. Or, a little further away you’ll find Ballintubber Abbey, founded in 1216 and a 40 minute drive.

Stay in Style

Our bridal suite, named after president Reagan and with views of Lough Corrib, offers two bathrooms and can be combined with two adjacent rooms to complete a private three-bedroom wing of the castle. Or opt for the Hideaway Cottage - an exclusive, one-bedroom suite on the water’s edge of the lake. Your guests will be well catered for too - with a total of 83 individually and lovingly designed 

Intimate Weddings

For intimate weddings, the beautiful and serene surroundings of Ashford Castle are perfectly suited to small celebrations as well as large lavish affairs. Whether you are opting for a celebration for just the two of you together, or with your nearest and dearest, our dedicated staff will make sure your special moment together is everything you could wish for.

Blessings

Vow renewals

Elegant Connaught and Inglenook rooms are perfect for up to 40 guests

Beautiful rooms and bridal suites, or opt for the Hideaway Cottage

Planning the Day

From the flowers to the photography, to the cake and the entertainment, to the order of the day and all of the fine details in between, we will arrange the day you have always dreamed about. The difference is in the detail.

Find out about our:

Suggested itinerary

Exclusive use inclusions

Compliments of the castle

Transport

Suggested suppliers

  

Meetings & Events

A grand stage set for success

A successful event requires a suitably impressive and remarkable venue – and they don’t come more majestic and dramatic than Ashford Castle. As the castle swings into view, with its mighty towers and battlements, surrounded by emerald lawns and sparkling waters, one cannot fail to gasp in astonishment. Once inside, the grandeur of the interiors, the splendour of the furnishings, the sheer sense of history and the warmth of the welcome is nothing short of bewitching.

Corporate events

Whatever you have in mind, from an inspiring sales convention to a dramatic product launch, a major corporate celebration to a powerful team building event, Ashford Castle will rise to the occasion with consummate ease to ensure the experience exceed all expectations. It offers a variety of different spaces from the intimate to the lavish and is also available on an exclusive use basis.

With superb catering, state-of-the-art technology, efficient organisation and excellent service it’s a combination that ensures success. The conference team have many years of experience of hosting events for every type of organisation from the European Union to major international corporations. We can organise everything you require, including screens, overhead slide projectors, video projectors, television monitors, DVD players and whatever else you need.

Private occasions

Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, christening, wedding and any other occasion at Ashford Castle. A private event here is unlike any other - the grand setting, marvellous cuisine and exemplary service ensures your event is one you and your guests will remember for years to come. From small gatherings to large groups, we can tailor the event to your wishes and needs with every small detail taken care of. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the celebrations! 

Incentive groups

The Castle and its estate make the perfect destination for incentive groups.  Let us devise bespoke itineraries for best performing employees such as fine dining, clay shooting, archery, fishing and much more besides.  Get in touch and we'll do all the hard work for you. 

Ashford Castle - Ireland

Ardilaun Room

Perfect for elegant events

Ashford Castle offers flair and attention to detail ensuring that conferences and incentive programmes are unsurpassed occasions. The Ardilaun Room is perfect for larger events up to 110 people, providing flexibility for meeting and dining options.

Event facilities include:

Dedicated co-ordinator expertly attends to every detail, Full secretarial support, Private dining and banqueting facilities, Customised menus for corporate, social or themed events, Specially themed meeting breaks, State-of-the-art audio visual equipment available, drop down screen and LCD projector, Bose sound system, Telephone, fax and modem lines available, Fully air conditioned.

KEY STATISTICS

Floor/Level: Ground Floor

Room Length: 19m   Room Width:  5.6m   Ceiling Height:  3m   Floor Area:  106.4 sq m

Floor Covering:  Carpet

ROOM CAPACITIES

Banquet: 75  -  Boardroom: 32  -  Classroom: 70  -  Reception: 120  -  Theatre:  110  - U-Shape: 30

Connaught Room

Provide a sense of occasion

The elegant Connaught Room is available for smaller corporate events, and offers breath taking views over Lough Corrib and The Gardens.

Event facilities include:

Dedicated co-ordinator expertly attends to every detail, Full secretarial support, Private dining and banqueting facilities, Customised menus for corporate, social or themed events, Specially themed meeting breaks, State-of-the-art audio visual equipment available, Telephone, fax and modem lines available, Bose sound system, Drop down screen and LCD projector, Fully air conditioned

KEY STATISTICS

Floor/Level: Ground Floor

Room Length:  10.95m  Room Width: 5.9m  Ceiling Height: 3.4m  Floor Area:  64.6 sq m

Floor Covering: Carpet

ROOM CAPACITIES

Banquet: 40  -  Boardroom: 18  -  Classroom: 45  -  Reception:  80  -  Theatre: 50  -  U-Shape:  16

Boardroom

Ideal for corporate meetings

The Boardroom is perfect for small sized events. Ideal for focused group meetings with natural daylight and fully equipped for your business needs. 

Event facilities include:

Dedicated co-ordinator expertly attends to every detail, Full secretarial support, Private dining facilities, Customised menus for corporate, social or themed events, Specially themed meeting breaks, State-of-the-art audio visual equipment available, Telephone, fax and modem lines available.

KEY STATISTICS

Floor/Level:  First Floor

Room Length:  10.95m  Room Width:  5.9m  Ceiling Height:  2.8m  Floor Area:  16sq m

Floor Covering: Carpet

ROOM CAPACITIES

Boardroom: 10

Activities

For hundreds of years, the grounds of Ashford Castle have provided a vast playground for its owners and their friends. Successive generations of the de Burgo, Bingham, Browne and Guinness families have created one of the finest sporting estates in all of Ireland, if not the world – which is proudly continued to this day.

The expansive 350 acre Ashford Estate lends itself perfectly to a range of activities, from country classic pastimes such as horse riding, fishing, falconry and shooting, to more modern activities such as golf, cycling and kayaking. So whether you are the active type or prefer to relax and soak up the scenery, you are spoilt for choice at Ashford Castle. Thomas, our dedicated Activities Coordinator is on hand to advise, and even has two Go Pro cameras to capture all the action!

An Escape for the Whole Family

An epic adventure awaits

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 favourite 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.

The Cinema

A credit to the castle

Our premier cinema room is a magnificent new feature - designed with the charm and luxurious comfort of a traditional picture house. Setting the scene with 32 sumptuous red velvet chairs, plenty of leg room and an impressive screen, we invite you to enjoy the action with a vast selection of movies shown daily.

Bring the family along and settle in with fresh popcorn, snacks and beverages and watch a variety of family favourites and all time classics, or enjoy a romantic evening with a loved one, perhaps starting with a drink in the Billiards Room.

The film screenings change weekly to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. For a unique experience, why not hire a private screening and enjoy the facilities completely to yourself!

Times of screenings varies, however there is usually an afternoon matinee and an evening screening.

Golf

A dream course

Our beautiful 9 hole, 2996 yards par 35 parkland course is perfect for golfers of all abilities to hone their skills. The course, the original deer park of the estate, was designed by the renowned Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett and imaginatively integrates a wide variety of natural features and hazards to create tough par 3s, exciting par 4s and a formidable par 5. Tee times are complimentary to hotel residents and we provide the best Titleist clubs, top of the range all-terrain trolleys which aerate the course as they're wheeled along. 

Ashford Castle is also surrounded by some of the finest Links Golf courses in the world, including Connemara, Carne, Enniscrone and Sligo are joined by Donegal, Rosapenna, Portsalon, Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Portstewart and Royal Portrush. The hotel is also in a prime position for reaching several world class golf courses from Ballinrobe, Carne and Castlebar in Mayo, Connemara and Portumna in Galway and several in nearby Clare and North Kerry. 

In conjunction with North & West Coast Links, we can help organise tee times for you at any of these fantastic courses and all other courses throughout the country, as well as arranging luxury transport from Ashford Castle.

Prices

Golf Fees 

Complimentary to hotel guests. Green Fees per person (Non-Resident)€60.00 

Golf Bag Hire per person €50.00 

Includes club hire, sleeve of golf balls, caddy cart, tees and score cards

Golf Shoe Hire €10.00.   Golf Buggy Hire €50.00.   Golf Trolley €5.0

Tennis

We offer guests two newly resurfaced all-weather courts for complimentary play.  Whether you’re a regular player or have never held a racket in your life, you’re sure to enjoy the experience in the magnificent setting of the Ashford Estate. Please book at reception, where rackets and balls are available for hire.

Private Tuition

Tennis instructor Jenny Burrows is fully qualified with the PTR (UK) and Tennis Ireland, fully licensed and insured with Tennis Coach Ireland. 

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Jenny started playing tennis at the age of 8 and travelled around her native home throughout her schooling. Upon moving to Galway in 2001 Jenny has moved on to represent Ireland in 4 national events as well as International Team Events. She has also represented Connacht in senior and veteran teams, and was the first member of the team to win inter-provincials for Connacht in 2007.

Jenny is an experienced instructor for all ages and abilities from beginners to the advanced player. Available most mornings for individual or group coaching sessions.

Prices

Court Fees

One-to-one coaching session €50.00 per person for one hour

Hitting practice €50.00 per person for one hour

Group coaching sessions can also be arranged

Use of the courts is complimentary for residents, 24 hours’ notice is required for Tennis Instruction.

Estate Gardens

Tranquil surroundings

The magical setting of the gardens on the edge of Lough Corrib with the Castle as the central feature is truly unique.

Combining a wonderful balance of formal and informal areas, discover the main Parterre, the beautiful Walled Garden full of perennial borders, fruit and vegetables, and the long Terraced Walk and Broad Walk creating vistas across the gardens. The great woods are home to exceptional ancient trees - perfect to wander through at leisure and enjoy the wildlife and natural environment.

History

The gardens at Ashford Castle were largely created by the Guinness family who owned Ashford Castle for around 100 years. More specifically, Lady Ardilaun who was responsible for laying out the existing structure of Terraces and Walks which so define the gardens at Ashford today.

This was in the 1890’s and photographs from that period give a very interesting perspective on the original layout. The first proper restoration of the gardens was carried out in the 1990’s, 100 years after their creation; based on the original plans laid out by Lady Ardilaun.

Many areas like the Walled Garden were very neglected with the walls and sheds in very poor condition. Many of the original trees and shrubs needed to be replaced. Now nearly 20 years on from that restoration a whole new era has begun, and the garden's are flourishing.

Present-day

Since Ashford Castle was lovingly restored by the Tollman family and the Red Carnation Team, a programme was set in motion to restore and develop the gardens. The designer and landscaper responsible for the previous restoration in the 1990’s has a great passion and empathy for the gardens at Ashford Castle, and were to delighted to once again be part of the restoration journey. 

An extensive tree care operation was carried out – removing all dead and dangerous trees, carrying out a careful tree surgery process where possible as well as careful repair of the many garden monuments. The Sunken Garden and adjacent section of the Terraced Walk have just been totally replanted with an amazing selection of flowering trees, shrubs and some perennials. This adds a whole new interest and excitement to this part of the gardens.

As gardens they have a wonderful balance of formal and informal areas. The great formal, Main Parterre, the beautiful Walled Garden full of perennial borders, fruit and vegetables, and the long Terraced Walk and Broad Walk creates vistas across the gardens. The great woods with some exceptional trees are perfect to wander through and enjoy the wildlife and natural environment.

The Fountain

The Tollman Garden, formerly known as the Sunken Garden, is one of several formal gardens arranged along the main terrace walk in the pleasure grounds of Ashford Castle. These gardens, laid out by the Guinness family in the nineteenth century, are amongst the finest of the many beautiful country house gardens to be found in Ireland. 

In 1996 a circular pond, measuring eleven meters in diameter, was constructed in the centre of the rectangular lawn that was then known as the Sunken Garden, so called because of the high planted banks that surrounded it. The garden was approached down steps from the Velvet Garden to the east, and from a tunnel leading from the Walled Garden on the west, and also down steps from the Terrace Walk on the north side. It consisted only of a rectangular walkway leading around the lawn with no paths leading to the central pond.

Fishing

An idyllic place to enjoy fishing 

Situated on the banks of Lough Corrib and the River Cong is one of the most famous fisheries in all of Ireland. Covering 44,000 acres, Lough Corrib is the largest of the three lakes in the area and well known for its brown trout, salmon and pike fishing. In fact, the Cong hatchery is extremely successful with 4% eggs successfully hatching (as opposed to 2% in the wild) with the same Salmon returning year after year. Your Ghillie (guide), Frank Costello, is internationally recognised as one of the most knowledgeable experts on fishing Lough Corrib, having lived beside the lake his entire life. 

What we offer

From fly fishing lessons to half and full day trips, Frank will tailor your experience to suit your ability and preferences. Suitable for total beginners and competent fishermen alike, the majority of fishing trips take place from traditional wooden boats on Lough Corrib, offering spectacular scenery and incredible views of Ashford Castle from the water. Opt for a full day experience and you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on one of the islands and even the chance to cook your catch!

For competent fishermen, we also offer fishing on nearby Lough Mask and Lough Carra, or further afield in Connemara. The Cong River at the hotel is a great option for very experienced and able-bodied salmon fishermen.

Frank is also a marine and countryside guide approved by the Irish tourist board. He offers guided boat trips on Lough Corrib and to its many beautiful islands. The boat, made by Frank himself, is of traditional Irish design and is fully licensed by the Irish Department of Transport. He can bring up to 3 passengers and trips can be tailored to guests’ preferences. €85.00 forty minute trip for up to 3 passengers. Longer trips can be arranged on request. 

All cancellations must be made at least 12 hours before time of activity or it will incur a 50 percent charge. No show for activity will be 100 percent charge. Ashford Bay Boat Hire reserves the right to cancel any activity due to weather.

Traditional hand-crafted 19ft clinker wooden boats are used and all fishing gear is supplied. We recommend you dress in warm, waterproof clothing, boots and bring sunglasses.

For bookings and information please contact Frank on +353 (0) 87 2524253 or email ashfordbay@hotmail.com

Prices

Fishing on Lough Corrib including Ghillie,

Boat & Tackle (for up to 3 people)

€220.00 half day 10am – 1pm or   €390.00 full day 10am – 5pm

€70.00 Rowing Boat Hire.   €25.00 Spinning rod hire per person.   €40.00 Fly rod hire per person

€95.00 Fly Fishing lesson per person per hour, €75 per person per hour for two people or more

Children 12 years and under are not permitted to do fly fishing or fly fishing lessons. Children 12 years and under who are spinning / troll fishing should be accompanied by a guardian.

Falconry

Fly a hawk in the spectacular grounds

Discover the ancient form of falconry at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland - flying hawks is an experience of a lifetime! 

Our aim is to share with you the pleasure and excitement of falconry, a fascination that has enthralled people for 4,000 years, and today provides guests with a unique experience in magnificent surroundings. No previous experience is necessary and our private guided Hawk Walks cater for all ages and families. 

Hawk Walks

Our one hour private Hawk Walks give you the incredible opportunity to fly your very own Harris Hawks under the guidance of your instructor. After you have been introduced to your hawks you’ll set off into the magnificent woodlands to fly your hawks, as they follow you from tree to tree through the woods before swooping down to land on your gloved fist. Your instructor will explain about the hawks’ exceptional eyesight, their speed and agility and how they were trained by the Falconry School themselves. 

For those with a keen interest, the Extended Hawk Walk allows you to go for a longer walk in the woods giving more flying time and a greater insight into the fascinating hawks’ world.

Prices

Private one-hour Hawk Walk.  

One person €90.00.  Two people €70.00 per person.  Three people €60.00 per person.  Four - ten people €50.00 per person

Private Extended Hawk Walk 90 minutes

One person €120.00.  Two people €95.00 per person.  Three people €75.00 per person.  Four people €65.00 per person

Equestrian

Riders will be in their element 

The ancient forest is steeped in history and heritage and the beautiful woodland paths and spectacular scenery from the saddle will captivate novice and experienced riders alike. From the shores of Lough Corrib, Lough Mask and into the mountains of Connemara to the west, the area couldn’t be more magical for riding.

Situated within easy walking distance of the castle, trail rides and lessons are available for all ages and abilities and are accompanied by an experienced guide. Hard hats and Jodhpur boots are provided.

Trail Riding

From 1 hour trail riding to half-day or full-day rides for the more experienced, we will match each rider to their horse and offer a little tuition before heading out on the trail. 

Private Lessons

Riding lessons for all abilities are available in the indoor and outdoor arenas - perfect for those who are starting out or those who want to improve. 

Pony Rides

A pony ride is the perfect introduction for little ones aged 4+. Starting in the arena then progressing outside, ponies are led at all times by a guide on foot.

Carriage Rides

Carriage rides are a great way of exploring the incredible estate. Seating four adults or two adults and three children, soak up the lake-side scenery or head deeper into the forest to visit Danagher’s house from the Quiet Man movie.

Prices

Trail Rides

€60.00 per adult/ €50 per child (under 16) for a 1 hour trail ride (maximum of 6 riders at one time).    €95.00 per adult/ €80 per child (under 16) for a 2 hour trail ride (maximum of 6 riders at one time)

Private Lessons  €70.00 per adult/ €60 per child (under 16) for 45 minutes

Children's Pony Rides  Pony rides €35.00 for 30 minutes (minimum 4 years of age)

Woodland Carriage Tour  Seating four adults or two adults and three children €95.00 for 1 hour

Cycling & Kayaking

Explore the estate on two wheels

Cycling is a great way to discover the incredible surroundings – getting fit and having fun at the same time! The Ashford Estate itself has some great cycling trails and the countryside, with its relatively quiet roads and spectacular scenery, is a cyclist’s idea of heaven. Cycle hire is available at the hotel and we can suggest a variety of popular routes.

Cycling tuition

If you are looking to improve your technique, then you have come to the right place. Improve your skills with a mountain bike lesson and choose between a private one-to-one or a group session. From beginners to advanced cyclists, our qualified MBLA instructor is on hand to offer advice and tips. 

For the more enthusiastic rider we can arrange guided bike tours which is an amazing opportunity to see Cong and learn of its history and heritage. Departing at 10am or 2pm daily, the tour duration is 2 hours and caters for all levels of ability. 

Glide along the Lough

Enjoy kayaking on the River Cong accompanied by your very own experienced guide. It's a great way to spend an afternoon and is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. 

Our three hour Pedal and Paddle experience is the perfect opportunity to explore the Ashford Estate firstly by bike and then by water. Catering for all levels from beginners to the more experienced, the tour starts with a cycle along the quiet leafy lanes that lead to huge expanses of mountains and valleys. You'll travel along the river bank and take in the breathtaking views of the Ashford Estate, and out onto Lough Corrib in your kayaks where you'll discover the wonderful peace and tranquillity of this beautiful location.

Depart at 10am or 2pm.

Prices

Cycling

Adults €25.00 for half-day or €40.00 for full-day, per bicycle

Children (Under 16) €20.00 for half-day or €30.00 for full-day, per bicycle

Private 90 minute cycle tour - €50.00 per adult, €35.00 per child, minimum age 8 years

Connemara three hour guided cycle tour €90 per person (three people minimum), minimum age 8 years

Private two - three hour guided tour €90.00 per person (two people minimum), minimum age 8 years

Private 1.5 hour Family Mountain bike lesson and trail ride - €50.00 per adult, €35.00 per child, minimum age 6 years

Kayaking

€75.00 per adult, for two hours. €55.00 for children (between 8 and 16 years). A minimum of 2 people applies.

Corrib Kayak Tour, €90.00 per person, for three hours €65.00 for children (between 8 and 16 years). A minimum of 3 people applies.

Pedal & Paddle experience

€90.00 per paddler, for three hours. Minimum group size two people.

Clay Shooting & Archery

A sport that really hits the mark

The Ashford sporting clay range features targets that simulate the game typical of this region. Beginners enjoy a pleasant introduction to the sport and a thorough grounding in the safety and etiquette of shooting in general. You’ll meet at the Equestrian Centre to meet your instructor who will then direct you to the shooting range.

Clay Shooting participants must be over 16 years of age.

Ready, aim, fire!

Enjoy this ancient sport played by kings and lords for centuries. All the family can participate simultaneously from ages seven upwards, and find out who is the champion! We use our 50m indoor centre when necessary so this activity is not weather dependent but please bring warm outdoor clothing, rain jacket and comfortable footwear. Set up according to the National British Grand Championship guidelines with rubber 3D targets and using arrows that are the only ones of their kind in Ireland, this activity takes place at the Equestrian Centre, and participants are required to be as tall as the bow.

Prices

Clay Shooting Prices

Instruction from €75.00 per person, includes 25 clays (€20.00 per 25 shots thereafter)

Guinness' Shooting Experience €125.00 per person, includes 50 clays (2 people min)

Masterclass Competition €150 per person, includes 75 clays (4 people min)

Private Lesson €220.00 for one-on-one expert tuition, includes 100 clays

Archery Prices  

60 minutes from €75.00 for one to two people (€25.00 per extra person thereafter)

Zip-lining and Tree Climbing

Exhilarating fun for the family

You’ll be given a full safety briefing by one of our qualified and experienced instructors before you take to the trees. They’ll fit you into a secure harness safety system and a continuous belay safety system makes sure you are attached at all time. You can let yourself go and zip through the forest with complete confidence.

Minimum Age – 8yrs.   Minimum Height – 1.2m.   Minimum weight – 40 kg.   Maximum weight – 20.5 stone (130 kg)

Fly from tree to tree

Get a bird’s eye view of the majestic Ashford Castle woods as you zip through the branches on this exhilarating aerial adventure. Beech, Oak, Monterey Pines, Scots Pine and European Fir Trees will whizz past as you go from one platform to the next and cover a combined total distance of 300 metres. It’s a magnificent way to hang out in the tree tops - one of which, nicknamed 'Monty' is a 110 year old Monterey Pine with an eight inch think bark so pins don't damage the trunk, and standing at  an incredible 50 metres or 164 feet in height - which is 10 metres taller than the flagpole at the top of the castle! The course takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how speedy you are, how busy we are and who you’ve got in your group.

Prices

Woodland Zip Wire Course  €75.00 is per person for up to 2 persons, additional persons at €25.00 for 1 hour duration

Tree Climb  Adults Tree Climb €75.00 priced for 1 or 2 persons, additional persons at €25.00 for 1 hour duration.

Traditional Boat Trips

Set sail on a voyage of discovery

 

A fabulous way to experience the magic of Lough Corrib is to glide across the clear waters with our experienced guide, Frank, in the traditional wooden boats he hand-crafted himself. As a local marine and approved countryside guide by the Irish tourist board, Frank offers guided boat trips on Lough Corrib and to its many beautiful islands for up to three guests at a time, tailoring the itinerary to suit your individual interest and preferences.

Prices

Boat Trips

€85.00 for 40 minute trip for up to three people

Longer trips can be arranged on request.

Lake Cruising

A whole new perspective

Lake cruising at Ashford Castle is a magnificent way to explore the pristine surroundings and soak up the scenery at leisure.

With 365 islands and surrounding Connemara Mountains, you will have a great opportunity to photograph Ashford Castle from the water. Corrib Cruises is a family run passenger boat service on Lough Corrib, operated by brothers Patrick and David Luskin. The business was born when father John Luskin, purchased one of the original tenders (lifeboats) from the Cunard Line of the famous QE2 at an auction in Sandwich Marina in Kent in 1975.

The two vessels, The M.V Corrib Queen 2 (accommodating 50 passengers and a limited number on the top deck) and The M.V Isle of Innisfree (a twin deck 80 passenger vessel) provide the setting for a choice of voyages from between 1 hour to 2 hours 15 minutes.

History Cruise

1 hour and 15 minutes, leaving at 11am

Boarding from 10.30 am at Ashford Castle Pier, step on board for our history cruise and join local historian and boat captain Patrick Luskin as he takes you on a fascinating journey through time. During the cruise you’ll experience some breath-taking scenery on Lough Corrib, with its 365 islands and surrounding Connemara Mountains. A visit to The Old Steamers Quay and views of Lord Ardilaun’s Obelisk are highlights. This Cruise operates 365 days a year.

Island & Live Traditional Music Cruise

2 hours and fifteen minutes, leaving at 2.45pm

This two hour cruise operates between June 1st and September 30th. Departing Ashford Castle you’ll briefly visit Lisloughery Quay before arriving at Inchagoill Island. Passengers will be given the opportunity to explore the lakes most famous island set on 100 beautiful acres of state owned forest park. While on the island passengers are taken on a guided tour of St. Patrick's 5th Century Monastic site. Our resident musician entertains guests along the way with music, stories and song.

Prices

History Cruises   Adults €20.00   Children 5-15 years €10.00   Children under 5 sail free

Island & Live Traditional Music Cruises   Adults €25.00   Children 5-15 years €12.50   Children under 5 sail free

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

A whole new perspective of the Lough

Explore and tour Ashford Bay on the majestic Lough Corrib by Stand up Paddle Board. Take in the magnificent views of the Ashford Estate, Lisloughrey Quay, far-reaching landscapes and spot aquatic life. Stand up Paddle Boarding or SUP originated in Hawaii as an off shoot to surfing and is ideal in calm light wind conditions. Ashford Bay and Lough Corrib with its sheltered inlets provides a unique environment to explore and enjoy this magnificent area.

What to bring

Tours depart at 10am or 2pm

Please bring a swim suit, towel, runners or suitable foot wear that you don’t mind getting wet plus a good sense of adventure!

We will supply all safety equipment and wetsuits.

Subject to weather

Prices

Paddle Prices  Adults €75.00 (2 hours)   Children from 16 years €55.00 (2 hours)

Team Building and Development

Ashford Castle team-building days are like nothing you’ve experienced before. Here on the magnificent Ashford Estate, our group activities teach centuries-old skills and long-standing Irish traditions. Our outdoor challenges range across 350 acres of County Mayo countryside, including Lough Corrib and the River Cong. And the rewards for your team’s hard work are just as exceptional. Relax on a luxury lake cruise, let our sommelier guide you through our 16th century wine cellars, or enjoy a banqueting menu that showcases the best County Mayo produce.

We’ve created team-building activities that help you and your colleagues develop new skills, build confidence and strengthen relationships.

Ultimate Team Retreats

Exploring the castle grounds on horseback offers a unique view of the Ashford Estate. We can help first-time riders get to grips with the basics, while more experienced guests can tour the grounds on a supervised half-day riding trail. After mastering equestrian skills, pay a visit to Ireland’s School of Falconry in the castle grounds. Come face to face with birds of prey, and learn to fly them over the beautiful Ashford Estate. Finally, put your focus and coordination to the test at Ashford Castle’s archery range. 

Our outdoor adventures test stamina, courage and team skills. Take to the waters of Lough Corrib or the River Cong for a raft-building challenge or a kayaking trip. In the Ashford Estate woodlands, climb and abseil down ancient trees, or get your adrenaline pumping on our forest zip-line. For a longer challenge that ranges across the estate, put your map reading skills and teamwork to the test on an orienteering experience.

From Bingham and Browne to Guinness and De-Burgo, generations of Ireland’s gentry have enjoyed sporting pursuits on the Ashford Estate. Our all-weather tennis courts offer a superb surface in wonderful surroundings, and Golf is played on our wonderful nine-hole, 2,996 yard, par 35 parkland course, designed by prominent Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett. For something a little different, put your team’s marksmanship to the test in a clay pigeon shooting session – an iconic country pursuit that feels right at home in Ashford Castle’s historic grounds.

Indulgence comes as standard at Ashford Castle. Enjoy a more leisurely view of our surroundings with a luxury yacht charter on Lough Corrib. Let expert guides bring the area and its traditions to life and lead you around the lake’s enchanting islands. Before dinner, visit our recently discovered 16th Century wine cellars for a private tasting session led by our sommelier. Then head to one of our restaurants. Finish your evening in style with drinks in the Billiards Room and on the adjoining Cigar Terrace.

Food & Drink

Creative Irish cuisine, inspired use of the finest seasonal ingredients from the West of Ireland and an extensive wine cellar make any stay at Ashford Castle a gourmet’s delight.

Chef Philippe Farineau, gives fine expression to the dishes offered in the four main dining rooms – whether it’s fine dining in the grandeur of the George V Dining Room, casual dining in the comfortable setting of Cullen’s at the Cottage or The Dungeon, or a delightful Afternoon Tea in the elegant Connaught Room. 

What's On

Sitting within the magnificent 350 acre estate on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle celebrates the year with inspiring events and the chance to sample extraordinary local and seasonal cuisine, international flavours and enables guests to learn about the latest trends. Enjoy a variety of different dining and entertainment experiences with family or friends for an unforgettable experience.   

We go to great lengths to provide the very best experience in each of our venues, and welcome suggestions from you for future events too, so please do feel free to let us know what may be of interest to you. 

We look forward to welcoming you in the coming months. 

The Drawing Room

Relax at leisure overlooking Lough Corrib

As you enter The Drawing Room you’ll immediately be struck by the breathtaking views across the manicured lawns out across the expansive Lough Corrib. The ideal setting for morning coffee and light lunches from the bar menu, simply sink into comfortable chairs to enjoy fine hospitality in total comfort.  

Whether you’re enjoying a romantic break, catching up with family and friends or hosting a relaxed meeting, The Drawing Room lends itself perfectly for the occasion.

DAY MENU

CHILDREN'S MENU

Opening Hours

Drinks: Served all day

Light menu: 11:30am - 6.00pm

Contact

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

Private Dining

An occasion to remember

If you are planning a special meeting or celebration and want to mark the occasion in style, then Ashford Castle offers a number of spaces to suit your preferences and requirements.

From intimate dining to grand banqueting, we'll create the ambience you desire with a host of personal and thoughtful touches to make the event one you and your guests will remember fondly. Discreet and efficient staff will be on hand to ensure you have everything you wish to make the event a success and a range of menus and wines can be tailored to your needs.

COCKTAIL MENU

BANQUETING SAMPLE WINE LIST

CANAPÉ MENU

HEAVY PASSED FOOD MENU

CULLEN'S AT THE COTTAGE GROUP DINNER MENU

Capacities

Cullen's at the Cottage for up to 55 guests 

The Dungeon  for up to 40 guests

The Connaught Room  for up to 40 guests

The Inglenook Room  for up to 10 guests

Contact

To discuss your individual requirements please telephone: +353 94 954 6003

Fine Wines

An award-winning experience

You’d expect fine wine to be a priority at a property of Ashford Castle’s calibre, and you won’t be disappointed when you look through the fabulous list we’ve put together for the enjoyment of our guests.

Philip Dunne, who has been responsible for the wine cellars at Ashford Castle, has witnessed the incredible development of wine in Ireland. Today, with an impressive list of over 600 wines, Philip is particularly proud of the selection of Irish wines featured, with Irishmen making wines in nearly every wine region in the world. We also proudly feature Bouchard Finlayson, our sister property, a South African vineyard producing some of the finest wines of the region. 

The restaurant at Ashford Castle was the first in Ireland to receive an Award of Excellence in 1999 from Wine Spectator Magazine on the recommendations of our American customers, and we have received this Award for many years following this.  Other accolades have included The Best Wine List in Ireland and Best Wine Experience from the Restaurateurs Association of Ireland and Hospitality Ireland Magazine and the Best Wine Experience Award from the Hotel and Catering Review Annual Awards. 

Afternoon Tea

An exquisite setting for a traditional pastime

The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868 - you’ll notice the original silver tea set displayed in the Connaught Room, which was presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1896. With spectacular views from the comfort of the castle’s elegant interior, take your time to savour every delicious moment. 

The Afternoon Tea menu offers guests a wide selection of speciality teas or perhaps a glass of Champagne, delicate finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and home-made jam, not to mention our tasty pastries and cupcakes. It’s the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon with friends.

AFTERNOON TEA MENU

Opening Hours

Served 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm and 4:00pm daily

Contact

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

George V Dining Room

Dine like royalty

Ashford Castle has been hosting distinguished guests for almost 800 years – one of the most prominent being the Prince of Wales, who subsequently became George V of England. In honour of his visit in 1905, the Guinness family built a special dining room which still bears his name proudly to this day.

The graceful setting, with rich, panelled walls and twinkling Waterford Crystal chandeliers bestows a grand sense of occasion. Our resident pianist plays softly in the background while you relax and enjoy exceptional dishes from the kitchen of acclaimed Chef Philippe Farineau, recently awarded two rosettes by the AA Hospitality Awards, combined with much loved recipes of Beatrice Tollman and complemented by a fine selection of wines from Chief Sommelier, Robert Bowe. 

Whet your appetite 

Choose from dishes such as our Slow Roasted Rib of Beef from our carving trolley served with a homemade béarnaise sauce and a red wine and shallot jus. To end your meal an array of tempting desserts await including Nyangbo frozen chocolate mousse served with estate grown crabpear gel, chocolate cremeux and pear and vanilla sorbet and salted chocolate crisp.

Please note a dinner jacket is required for Gentlemen and tie requested for the George V Dining Room.

DAILY MENU

VEGETARIAN MENU

TASTING MENU

CHILDREN'S MENU

DESSERT MENU

Opening Hours

Monday - Sunday:

Breakfast: 7:30am - 10.30am

Dinner: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Contact

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

Executive Chef: Philippe Farineau

Restaurant Manager: Robert Bowe

Head Sommelier: Philip Dunne

The Dungeon

Dramatic and atmospheric 

As its name would suggest, the unique setting located on the lower ground floor of the castle invites diners to enjoy a range of satisfying dishes from the bistro-style menu with a focus on traditional Irish cuisine beneath the historic curved stone ceiling. Together with a relaxed ambience, it makes for a wonderful and memorable dining experience. 

DAILY MENU

CHILDREN'S MENU

Opening Hours

Dinner 6.00pm - 9.30pm

Contact

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

Cullen's at the Cottage

The perfect seasonal setting

This traditional thatched cottage, which used to be Cong Cinema, (showing films on Tuesday's and Thursday's, and was the first place to show The Quiet Man even before it was shown in Hollywood), today provides a relaxed dining experience with a casual dress code in which to enjoy international and local dishes inspired by our owner Beatrice Tollman, including our delicious signature dish 'Chicken Peri Peri'. It is slow cooked in our rotisserie oven in the main dining area, so mouth-watering aromas greet you as soon as you enter the restaurant. 

At the front of the building you will now discover a beautifully manicured garden and extended patio area proving a spectacular area to enjoy lunch and sip a cocktail and enjoy the magnificent views of Ashford Castle in the distance. 

Open seasonally, it’s just a short stroll over the bridge from the castle. Booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment. 

A LA CARTE MENU

CHILDREN'S MENU

DESSERT MENU

DRINKS MENU

Contact

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

Wilde's at The Lodge

Fine Irish cuisine within the Ashford estate

Discover Wilde’s Restaurant at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, serving fine contemporary Irish cuisine in a stunning setting.  Our sister property is located a short distance from Ashford Castle - either a 20 minute stroll or we can arrange transportation. 

Under the inspired direction of Jonathan Keane, recently described as “one of the country’s most exciting chefs” and with many award nominations to his name, it has become a popular destination not just for local foodies but visitors from afar. 

Jonathan creates a variety of delicious dishes that showcase the unique flavours and textures of the finest local produce, from succulent Irish beef and lamb to fish and seafood fresh from the waters of Galway Bay and the Connemara coastline.

DINING MENU

WINE LIST

Opening Hours

Wednesday - Sunday:

Dinner: 6.30pm - 9.00pm (later bookings on request)

Lunch (Sunday only): 1.00pm - 3.30pm

Contact

Telephone: +353 (0) 94 95 45400

Executive Chef: Jonathan Keane

The Castle Wine Cellars

The Wine Cellars at Ashford Castle offer private wine tastings and wonderful wine dinners in the secret passageways of the castle, which were unearthed during recent renovations. The old servants' entrance was originally a coal bunker and walkway underneath the castle, where the servants used to come in and get their coal buckets to take up to the rooms. It has now been transformed and the 16th Century tunnels provide three unique private spaces with a cosy ambience and soft lighting and using a Coravin system for tasting expensive bottles without having to take the cork out, keeping the wine fresh for longer. 

The extensive wine list has been carefully selected by our knowledgeable sommelier, where you can sample a fine selection of vintages and a choice of new and old world wines in a remarkable setting. 

WINE TASTING MENU

Opening Hours

Daily from 4:00pm - 6:00pm (45 minute duration)

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

Specialities

Whiskey   -   Brandy/ Cognac   -   Original Irish Guinness 

The Billiards Room

The height of refinement

Retreat to the Billiards Room and enjoy a game of billiards, sink into comfy chairs with a glass of your favourite tipple or enjoy delicious Cuban and Irish tapas served daily from 5.00pm - 10.30pm. Relax with a newspaper and catch up on the day's affairs. Open to residents only from 3.30pm, the traditional elegance of the Billiards Room, with its grand assortment of antique furniture and furnishings is a most welcome addition to the castle. A selection of Mr. Tollman's limited edition cigars are available.

The Cigar Terrace

Feel like the king of the castle 

On a rooftop corner of the castle, through the sumptuous Billiards Room, discover the Cigar Terrace with fantastic views overlooking the River Cong and beyond. With a feature awning, locally made in the village of Cong, and low glass tables with wrought iron chairs, the Cigar Terrace is a beautifully designed space with a flagstone floor in which to relax and enjoy a whiskey, cognac or cigar, or simply to enjoy relaxing in a wonderful setting overlooking the river Cong. 

Enthusiastic cigar connoisseur's will delight in Mr Tollman's limited cigar collection Including a millennium edition from habanos in a commemorative ceramic jar, Montecristo “A”, Cohiba Esplindidos and Partagas Lusitanias; and an impressive selection of beverages are available from the Billiards Room including a selection of finest single pot still whiskey, which is regarded as the real Irish whiskey and is a whiskey style unique to Ireland.

The Cigar Terrace is a popular public space, but is also a favourite spot for private parties with a DJ and wedding groups for up to 30 people standing. Perhaps enjoy a whiskey or wine tasting in the Billiards room and retreat to the terrace on warm summer evenings to soak up the magnificent surroundings. 

CIGAR TERRACE/BILLIARDS ROOM MENU

Opening Hours

Daily from 4:00pm - 12:00am 

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

Specialities

Whiskey  -  Brandy/ Cognac  -  Original Irish Guinness   -   Cigars

The Inglenook Room

A Traditional and Elegant Setting

With views across Lough Corrib and arguably one of the most impressive fireplaces in the castle, the Inglenook is a popular space for private dining, afternoon tea and intimate weddings. The wooden fireplace dates back to the Renaissance period with two face sculptures of Diarmuid and Gráinne from Irish folklore. The Guinness crest is engraved in the wooden fireplace and also their Motto in Latin Spes Mea In Deo which translates to My hope is in God. During the first phase of the restoration wonderful tiles were discovered, they date back to the Guinness time of 1852.

A highlight of the Inglenook is the 1,043 piece, custom made silver-gilt dinner service, formerly owned by Washington Augustus Roebling (the man responsible for the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge) who received this extensive dinner service set in 1899. 

Opening Hours

Daily

Private parties upon request

Contact

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

The Prince of Wales Bar

Refined traditional style

Built in the late 1800s, the bar is to this day reminiscent of its captivating past, with its opulent fabrics, fine wood panelling, traditional furnishings and original fireplace creating a warm and welcoming ambience – the perfect place to enjoy your favourite tipple or a pint of Guinness. in 1905 the bar was visited by the Prince of Wales, who subsequently became George V of England.

Offering a full selection of cocktails, liqueurs and brandies, sit back and relax and enjoy the finest Irish hospitality. 

COCKTAIL MENU

Opening Hours

Daily from 11:00 am until late

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

Specialities

Whiskey / Whiskey tastings

Brandy / Cognac

Gin Experience

Ashford Castle Signature cocktail

The Connaught Room

The epitome of elegance

The lough-facing Connaught Room provides a delightful space in which to enjoy private dining or a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea - a ritual that extends back to 1868 at Ashford Castle, when Lord and Lady Ardilaun would take Afternoon Tea to discuss the events of the morning and the plans for that evening.

The Connaught Room is flanked with floor to ceiling windows commanding spectacular views of the Castle’s manicured gardens and the magnificent Lough Corrib. The room captivates guests with its inspiring Donegal Crystal chandelier, panelled oak walls and a hand carved fireplace.

The menu offers our guests a delightful selection of speciality teas, delicate finger sandwiches with traditional fillings, warm scones, hand-made pastries and cupcakes decorated with lovingly hand-picked wild flowers from the Estate by our Head Pastry Chef, Paula Stakelum. 

AFTERNOON TEA MENU

CHILDREN'S MENU

Opening Hours

Afternoon Tea: From 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm and 4:00pm daily

Private Dining: Available on request

Contact

Telephone: +353 94 954 6003

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Hotel: Ashford Castle Hotel

Address: Ashford Castle F31 CA48 Cong

Region: County Mayo

Country: Ireland

Official website: http://www.ashfordcastle.com/

Telephone: +353 94 9546003

Fax: +353 94 9546260

Hotel email: reservations@ashfordcastle.com

GPS Coordinates
53.534084, -9.285250

Train Station
Galway Train Station (42 Kms.)

Airport
Knock Airport (44 Kms.)
Shannon Airport (125 Kms.)
Dublin Airport (255 Kms.)

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